As you will know if you read my blog last week I was about to head off to see Niagara Falls on the last day of my trip to Canada and as promised here are some of the pictures. We had booked to do a tour as we were fairly tight for time – our American colleague, Darla, had a flight to catch at 8pm so we needed to be back at our hotel by 5.30pm.
The first stop on the tour was a wine tasting (at 11.30 in the morning!!!!!! hic) at the Pilletteri Winery. We had a very informative talk about the 'Ice Wine' and how the grapes have to be picked and pressed when frozen at a certain temperature to produce the dessert wine. I can't say it appealed to my palette… I'm more of a Pinot Grigio girl.
We were just looking around the gift shop before getting back on the 'bus' when a voice said "Julia, I thought I recognised that face". Imagine my suprise! Lynn, from Kilwinning, big QVC fan, was on holiday in Canada! After having a photo together it was back to the bus to head for Niagara on the Lake.
What a charming little place – a high street of quaint shops in a stunning location, just a shame that the weather wasn't a bit better. We were so concerned that it might rain, Jaynie bought an umbrella with cats and dogs on it (she's a big animal lover) so of course, you guessed, it stayed dry for the rest of the day! Good investment, I'd say!
Next stop lunch at the top of the Sheraton Hotel with a fantastic view of both 'falls'. I didn't realise that there are the American falls and the Canadian falls. Now we all know that the Americans like to have the biggest and the best of everything, but even Darla had to concede, after much teasing, that in this instance the Horseshoe Falls, the Canadian side of the border, were the more impressive of the two… both are awesome though.
Having seen them from our high vantage point it was time to get wet on the infamous 'Maid of the Mist' boat tour – thank goodness they hand out the 'attractive' blue plastic macs or it would have been a very soggy bus ride back!
Darla made her flight and so did we, and we were back in time to 'go to the ball' in Bolton on Saturday night… it's all go!
So having visited Canada last week, Canada visited us last night in the shape of Kim Mendleson and her Kim and Co TSV – I hope you managed to get it before it sold out… and preferably in a couple of colours if we are going to have a hot summer!
My luck is definitely in at the moment as tomorrow I am off to Wembley with, and courtesy of, my son Daniel to watch the England match – an early birthday treat, though I will be 'kicking off' my birthday proper at QVC with Lulu and her TSV – should be great fun!
I haven't been to the new Wembley so another new experience for me.. they seem to be coming thick and fast at the moment!
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend,