The Walk Down the Road
I walked from the Bus Depot in order to get to the Falls. You could catch the bus shuttle, but the walk is worth it. It is a fair distance, but you do not notice it - You are walking along a river, which, in its own right, has some stunning vistas.
And then you feel the spray. The atmosphere just feels a little moist. Then you hear the falls dully in the distance. You begin to feel the anticipation build up - Niagara could not be very far away! Wrong - It is still a half hour walk yet and you have yet to glimpse it!
Then you get your first view of the Falls. 'Impressive' you think to yourself. Only a little walk later do you then realise that you are viewing the smaller of the two falls and the Horseshoe reveals itself to you. That is when you get the smile from ear to ear and you realise just how hollow the first 'impressive' sounded... My travel companion, Jeff, left a friend of his in the shadow of the Pretronous Towers, to travel west around the World. Dave, the friend went east. Without knowing it, just walking down the road, they bumped into one another. Small World, eh...?
A bit of orginal language that seperates us Canadians from the rest. So when you comming to Canada, eh?
Eh is a spoken interjection in English and Spanish meaning "Huh?", "What?", "Hey", or "Repeat that, please". It is also commonly used as a method for inciting an answer, as in "those trees are red, eh?"
In addition, "eh" can also be used as an exclamation: "He's all right, eh!" This has its origins in Scotland, where it can still be heard.
The only usage of eh that is peculiar to Canada, according to the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, is for "ascertaining the comprehension, continued interest, agreement, etc., of the person or persons addressed" as in, "It's four kilometres away, eh, so I have to go by bike." Similarly, "It's nine-o'clock, eh?" means "You do know that it's nine o'clock? You are aware that it's nine-o'clock?".
In that case, eh is used to confirm the attention of the listener and to invite a supportive noise such as "Mm" or "Oh" or "Okay". It essentially is an interjection meaning, "I'm checking to see you're listening so I can continue."
"Eh" can also be added to the end of a declarative sentence to turn it into a question. For example: "The weather is nice." becomes "The weather is nice, eh?" This same phrase could also be taken as "The weather is nice, don't you agree?".
Further examples of Canadian usage include: "I know, eh?" (Agreement), "Yeah, eh?" (Agreement; tone of voice changes meaning slightly). "I know. Eh!" (Pause between 'know' and 'eh' and emphasise 'eh'. This is an excited agreement.) Although technically questions, these are also said as statements.
The usage of "eh" in Canada is often mocked in the United States, where some view its use as a stereotypical Canadianism. Many Canadians dispute its use (for example, singer Don Freed in his song "Saskatchewan" declares "What is this 'Eh?' nonsense? I wouldn't speak like that if I were paid to.").
Usage of "eh" is more common in Eastern Canada, and less common in the Prairie Provinces and British Columbia.
The falls are the center of...
The falls are the center of everyone's attention, but, as you can imagine with all that water in the air, the plant life thrives. Be sure to look out for the plantings on the way to and around the visitor center on the Canadian side of the Falls. The orange flowered 'tree' is, in fact, marigolds!
Just like at Home
As you may have already read on my homepage I'm originally from Germany but currently living in the USA - so this was my first German food after 7 months of being away from home!
And it was really good ... you can choose from a variety of German starters, dinners and desserts and of course the restaurant itself has its own "German style" interior!
If you like German food or always wanted to try it - check out this restaurant!
On Victoria Street, a couple blocks from our hotel was this great litle pizza place. It was the only decent food we had the entire time we were in Niagara Falls. And the service was great. The tragedy is that I can't remember the name!
It was about midnight and after watching the fireworks and playing an exciting game of cosmic mini golf, we needed a little snack. This little place was on our way back to our hotel so we popped in. We shared a small pizza and had a beer. It was the perfect way to end the night.
After quite a good deal of searching I still haven't found the name, bear with me I have NOT given up!!! PIZZA!