If you’ve read my last few posts you’ll know I’ve ticked off 3 of my Bucket List items in just over 4 days. But, hell, I could fit one more in couldn’t I?

I’ve cheated a bit as I’ve actually done this one twice before but it is still awesome even on the third visit.

On our last day Julie and I decided to go on a mini road trip so we hired a car and took the 2 hour drive (ok, it was meant to be an hour or so but we had a disagreement with the sat nav) to Niagara Falls.

If you’ve never been before, it is one of those rare places that wows you at first sight, much like the Grand Canyon and the Terracotta Army in China.

Julie, having not been there before, was a tad excited but she managed to contain herself until after she’d parked the car. We then headed round the corner and were greeted by more than 2 million litres of water per second pouring over the ‘horse shoe’. We’d timed it superbly to coincide with a gust of wind which resulted in us getting a little bit on the damp side.


There are three other ways of getting wet here:

1. Do the Maid of the Mist tour which involves decking yourself out in a fetching blue plastic mac and taking a boat tour that goes right to the bottom of the falls.


2. Do the ‘Walk Behind the Falls’ which involves decking yourself out in a fetching yellow plastic mac and venturing down a few tunnels which allow you to see the falls from ‘underneath’, you can then go to a platform at the side and get a really good soaking.


3. Well, no. 3 isn’t recommended unless Superman happens to be lounging around the area in his pants.

After a spot of lunch overlooking the Falls we headed along a bit and left a bit to the local tourist area, Clifton Hill. Now, personally, I think this area is hideous – full of amusements arcades, fast food joints and gift shops. I am clearly the only one who thinks this though as not only were there a substantial amount of people enjoying the local attractions, but Julie was also bouncing up and down in excitement at the Haunted House, the Fudge Factory (ok, I might have got a little excited here too) and some place that had Jack Sparrow standing outside (not the real one unfortunately).


I was allowed to indulge in a bit of refinement on the way from Niagara to the airport though as we stopped at the lovely town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. I highly recommend a pit stop here and wish we could have stayed longer. It is full of quaint shops, coffee houses and art galleries, we even witnessed a bridal procession.

But then it was time to make our way back to the UK, so we trundled back to the airport. Again we have a tiff with our sat nav and barely made it to the airport in time to appreciate the BA Executive Lounge that we had access to, although I did have time to be a bit light fingered in the snack area.

So that was the end of a holiday where I had managed to meet another Sian Midgley, do the CN Tower Edgewalk, meet a bunch of like-minded people, not to mention two staggeringly tall and handsome men at a Supernatural Convention, and visit one of the great Natural Wonders of the World – not bad for 4 and a bit days huh?