Monday, May 30, 2011

Niagara-on-the-Lake

What an incredible gift it was to be whisked away for a weekend to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Michael had never been there before so it was a treat for him too! I used to take Kazi there every summer from when she was four years old. As soon as she started to hear the Marineland commercials on TV we'd start to plan our annual pilgrimage. 
Who can forget this catchy (irritating after the 2nd or 3rd time hearing it!!) C'mon...sing along!







"Everyone loves a holiday,
watching the whales how they swim and play,
they jump in the air splash waves in your hair,
everyone loves Marineland,
Niagara Falls Ontario,
is always the fun place to go, 
see friends you miss a great big kiss,
everyone loves Marineland!"


After a fun-filled (exhausting) day at Marineland and seeing the sights we'd spend the night in a motel in Niagara Falls and then head to Niagara-on-the-Lake the next day. When she was little Kazi would swim in the huge fountain and because she was a highland dancer she loved visiting the Scottish and British stores but our most favorite store of all (sadly not there any longer) was the candy store that had every kind of candy made since the beginning of time!  So good!


Here are a few pictures of my adventure there with Michael:


It was cool and cloudy Friday - not much difference in colour between the sky and the water which is Lake Ontario.
Saturday the weather improved and eventually we were able to shed our sweaters and scarf. I'm going on record that the sun DID COME OUT!!
Just finished tasting some ice wine - VERY sweet! (Too sweet!)
No post of mine is complete without a picture of two of flowers and these poppies were just screaming out to be immortalized! I couldn't get
too good of a shot as they were on the other side of a fence but
the colour is just amazing.

This is the theatre where we saw "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" - some of you may remember the movie starring Elizabeth Tayler and Paul Newman which was based on the play by Tennessee Williams. We enjoyed it immensely!
This is our bed and breakfast and our hostess was Rosie, a fearless German woman who served us homemade waffles with homemade peach preserves and maple syrup and huge sausages - yum!
The second morning she served vegetable and ham omlettes, buns with preserves, marble cake, yogurt and fresh fruit - we certainly didn't starve!
Rosie is an avid gardener and her backyard was an oasis filled with flowers, a pond and waterfall, an arbour covered in wisteria (my #1 favourite flower) and cozy places to sit.
New friends met at the B and B - Beth and Marco
Great conversation!!
Hello to my American friends!  United States is on the other
side of the Niagara River!
A very hazy day!

We just happened to come across a group of little ones waiting to go
into a church for a First Communion?  (I'm guessing)
They were so precious I had to take a few photos!

And finally, just one of hundreds of vineyards surrounding Niagara-on-the-Lake.  This area is Canada's answer to Napa Valley!
That's it for today. I have much catching up to do on your blogs and...
I WILL CATCH UP!!
P.S. - notice how I'm not all sarcastic and flippant in today's post? A little mini-holiday can do one a world of good.  Any bets on how long my calm, cool and collected mood will last??

8 comments:

Sharon said...

Actually, Jane I don't mind the sarcastic and flippant remarks...they make me laugh!

So glad you had a great time..the pictures are beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Jane, what a lovely mini-holiday! I'm so jealous, lol.

Hang on to your mellow mood!!!

Maureen said...

I,m with sharon I love your style of writing, so more of the same please.
glad you enjoyed your trip, it was a long cold Winter for you guys, so nice to see it warming up.

Anonymous said...

I love your pictures....and the thought of getting away. Good for you


Jud

Canadian Saver said...

The photos are great and the trip sounds fantastic! So glad you enjoyed :-)

Johanna said...

Love Marineland!!
So glad to hear you had a great time!! It's always good to get away once in a while. Not long now and you'll be off for the summer :)
Hugs

Mark said...

Thanks for fibbing an saying that you didn't do a lot while I was away. But really, you did a ton and it all looked like such fun. And yes, I do love seeing those girls in their Communion dresses. As you know, Claire just had hers and the girls were so cute.
Take care. Your Friend, m.

Lindy Mint said...

What a sweet trip! I don't do it often, but I love staying at B&B's, especially ones with yummy treats.

As always, thanks for sharing your adventures!

PS: I've heard the Canadian side of Niagara is MUCH better than the American.