so we had some time before we were going to catch our flight back and therefore decided to pop over to Niagara Falls to find out what this was all about..
we jumped on the train, headed up to the upper deck (I know, I know, childish, but i love sitting on the upper deck)…watching the world go by
Passing the Rogers Centre
Stopping at Exhibition.
Passing another train, they just look brilliant, nothing like a train journey, I tell you, to get your excitement going
Another train, they look like the boring ones
Squished water tower
dammit, i want frills on my food!
I want to live here if I ever move to Canada, a banker living in Port Credit :)
I am guessing these aren't igloos but silo’s..
that’s a big uglyass train there
We cross a small river
The sun kept on playing hide and seek with the clouds and then finally decided to sulk behind the clouds for the rest of day, which was a shame, it would have been better with the sun out.
We reach Burlington and get off
Kiss and Ride? I want in
We were now waiting to take a bus ride to the falls. Check out the notices on the bus to the side
some serious looking buses
and the advertisements
We are queued up at #7 stop, waiting to get to the Falls.
So that’s what the racks are for. What a great idea, we should have this in London.
And this, rather than those silly buttons.
Thank you, I am comfortable here.
One of the great reasons why I love North America, And some other countries like Russia and Germany and France, the amount of space they have…wide spaces
Passing by the lake
Big plant out there
Ships plying the great lakes
Quite a lot of heavy industry around
With electricity pylons galore.
We pass Hamilton, I knew a girl here once..i wonder if she is still there?
Very disciplined graveyard..bit of a far cry from our graveyards here which are all over the place
I can do with some of this..
I have no idea
lol lol lol, somebody actually got a licence plate called as wingnut?
Passing a train level crossing.
A telephone pole, now sadly defunct
What an extraordinary combination of shops.
Brendan has given up the struggle and has nodded off.
Hmmm, now there’s a good advertisement
eh? what kid got away?
half price wings! let me in
personalised services here
The signs start to appear
We pass the canal
We reach the Niagara Falls and get down. Somebody is taking a quick puff
I tell you, this isnt the most inviting of places for the bus terminus. We grab a taxi to take us to the falls
Hello? loads of tall buildings
And then see this rather interesting statue.
Finally see the falls.
And then this little unit way below where presumably one can pop down to get a closer look at the falls.
The water was roiling
I have to admit, it wasnt that impressive
The Zambesi and other falls are more interesting.
Peering down to see the bottom.
I look downstream to see the American falls
Cloud of mist
And then the grotesque row of hotels.
Another view of the American Falls
There is an abandoned power generation building down there..
you can see the boiling water passing through, deep green
Brendan enjoying himself in the spray…
the actual depth of the water at the lip isnt too much, but its the width which causes the absolute large amount of water flowing over breaking the record for the biggest waterfall.
a tiny island in the middle
another power station
the water levels are quite low from what I understand
despite that, I wouldnt want to go over this
fairly calm before the splash
a sea gull
Poor chap’s nose has been rubbed away
Coming upstream a bit more
Another view of the Canadian Falls
We started feeling hungry so popped in for a burger
my arteries were curdling at the very sight of all this good stuff
we started walking back, the entire place is falling apart, this was supposed to be fountains and stuff, its genteel decay
And why on earth was this called as one of the most romantic place in the world, I have no idea.
We walk down to the American Falls
The bridge over the river
The Skylon tower, we did think if we should pop up there but regretfully we didnt have much time.
a seagull floating over the mist
the two falls on the American side
There is this observation platform built on the side of the gorge.
Looking back at the Canadian Falls
I wasnt sure what this was all about, its a long series of passageways.
a closer look at the falls
this set of falls has crumpled up much more so the vertical drop isn't as much as the Canadian side.
I suppose this will look better when its sunny with more water over the falls.
Not very impressive, I have to admit.
King George..We now take a taxi and head back to the bus station.
Just opposite the bus station, I notice this rather decrepit building.
Still had about 10-15 minutes to the next bus so I decided to take a walk.
the window covers were all torn
Hotel Europa wasn't looking so hot
Hmmm, not very inviting
You have got to be kidding me, me come and stay here?
No rest for the urant’s
there is even a heraldic shield
you need to test the streetlights?
the place is falling apart
Look up the street, very decrepit
the side of the building is even worse
the windows are all boarded up
closed and bricked up
Ah! ha! unsafe building!
You can just imagine what this place would have been in its heyday..
Now, its all sad and broken down and decayed and decrepit.
not much new in here
the pain is peeling with the brickwork showing up
long empty streets
more bricked up buildings
nature is slowly taking over
A black squirrel..
Sad or what?
I walk down the block
This looks something out of a Frankenstein movie.
its on the corner
the bridges are in dire danger of rusting and falling down
see? the concrete is peeling
massive blocky construction
solid doors but now decayed
the roof is caving in..
big holes all over the place
windows boarded up, at one time, this should have been seriously good.
A Canadian Government Office.
I turn the corner
And there’s the hotel again
graffiti is spreading across the building.
the air conditioning units are starting to rust
and the walls are still ok but you can see how its starting to fall to pieces
the street lights have lost their cover and bulbs
and the advertisements are shouting about another hotel..
a school bus passes us by
the dumpster is collecting rubbish
no standing? why not? where else can we stand?
an armoured car..
we get into the bus
And drive back
Passing the canal
and a big rubbish dump
We reach the Burlington Station
Ok, I am warned
Waiting for the train
still waiting for the train
man o man, those sleepers are heavy duty
there are different levels as the entrance to the trains are stepped..for the disabled
when will the train come?
even the birds are waiting
you cannot stop nature..
i step down on the train track
looking both ways
shoots of life
the platform is nice
and then the train arrives
gosh its big
and there’s the end of our journey…we head back to Toronto..nice day..