Friday, May 2, 2008

Niagara Falls

We're back after a short but very enjoyable holiday where we spent two nights at the Fallsview Embassy Suites in Niagara Falls.

At Christmas time we went away for several days and when we arrived home we found in our mailbox two envelopes with money in them. The two envelopes were connected and came from the local Fortinos store. We do not really know the complete story of why we received this gift, but rumour has it they were in the process of setting up some sort of fundraiser/food bank for us when James was alive. After James passed away a halt was put to these plans but the money that was set aside for this was still given to us. At that time we decided to put this money away for something special. Knowing how much the girls wanted to see Niagara Falls (they have a great fascination with waterfalls as we like to go for walked and look at the local falls) we decided to put this towards a more elaborate trip to Niagara Falls once Rob was done school. We found a great deal on TravelZoo and for once we got to hotel in style with a two room jacuzzi suite that included breakfast and supper, plus all the other bells and whistles of a plush hotel.

The girls were excited and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They would have been quite content to hang out in the hotel the entire time, but we also induldge in some of the other overpriced touristy things to do. We purchased the Adventure Pass and spent two days enjoyed the area. Our first day was cool but without rain, which was a wonderful bonus as we were expecting rain. It rained in the evening when we went down to view the lights, but seeing as you get wet from the mist anyways, it wasn't really all that bad. Our second day it rained off and on, just light rain when it did. So although a glommy day it still was nice. Once again it didn't make much of a difference that it rained since we spent our time on the Maid of the Mist and the Journey Behind the Falls ... places we would have gotten wet at anyways.

The view from our hotel room

The Whirlpool Areo Car

Journey Behind the Falls

The Maid of the Mist

Bath time after enjoying the swimming pool. A small cap of bubble bath goes a long ways in the jacuzzi ... the girls were absolutely thrilled with this.

The American Falls and The White Water Walk


Anonymous said...

Tee hee! I had to laugh about the bubbles in the jacuzzi... we once discovered that you get huge amounts of bubbles from one capful too! So much in fact, that they overflowed all over the floor!! Then we noticed a little sign that said "please DO NOT use bubble bath in the jacuzzi" Oops! But it was so much fun!!

Glad to hear you had a nice time.
Lisa Vdv

Steph said...

So funny!!

We did the exact same thing once, cept we used more then a capful that time. I think we managed to stop the bubbles from ending up on the floor ... only because we pulled the plug.

So we learned our lesson, for we went a little more gentle on the bubbles this time around, although if I was pouring I probably would start with 1/2 a cap ... that would be more then enough. But ... it was all good and they had fun.

HH said...

Hi Steph, looks like you had a fabulous time. I always love seeing pictures of Niagra Falls, it must be so awesome to actually see it. Can also relate to the jacuzzi too much bubble bath thing. It happened on our honeymoon, I'll never forget it - too funny.
Hope you managed to get some rest as well.

Mrs. Bob said...

i LOVE travelzoo! :)
glad you all had a great time!!

Anonymous said...

It looks like you and the girls had a great time!! I'm so glad you could enjoy this family time together :-)
Alina Noot

Lisa said...

Oh ya- now I remember more was SHAMPOO that Nick put in the tub, since we didn't have bubble bath... and apparently shampoo foams up more!!

Kevin & Amy said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time! Glad you were able to save that money for something fun and relaxing. Hope Matthew fared well while you were gone!

Anonymous said...

It looks like you all had a good time! That is GREAT! A nice way to celebrate being done school! It is always good to spoil yourself once in awhile! Good for you! I am sure the girls had a blast! Have a good week!

Michelle said...

LOL I too had to laugh at your bubble bath in the jacuzzi... Andrew and I went away for our anniversary last year and silly me forgot the bubble bath.. well I decided to use the shower gel they had their.. now USUALLY That doesn't make good bubble bath.. so I decided to dump the WHOLE thing in there... BIG MITAKE!!! There was a MOUNTAIN of bubbles!!!

But it looked like you had a well enjoyed holiday with the kids!