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My Birthday at Niagara Falls

Bob and I celebrated my birthday (February 23) in Niagara Falls.

We opted to spend the night in Niagara Falls, rather than drive up and back the same day.  We spent the night at Comfort Inn The Pointe in Niagara Falls, NY.  The hotel is centrally located.  We were one block from the Seneca Niagara Casino, and the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park was right outside our front door.  We were within walking distance of several restaurants, both in New York and in Canada.

Soon after checking into our hotel, we went for a walk.

photoThis mural was painted on the side of a building near our hotel.
Can you tell how happy I was to be in Niagara Falls on my birthday?

We went for a short walk to Prospect Point, where we viewed the falls from two different vantage points.

P2230080 4x6Vantage Point 1 was at the brink of American Falls.P2230081 4x6

P2230082 4x6Vantage Point 2 was the view of the American and Horseshoe Falls from the Observation Tower.

We went for a short walk because it was lunch time, and we were hungry.  We ate lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe.  While we were eating lunch, Bob asked if I wanted to walk over to Canada.  I thought it a good idea; however, we did not bring our passports with us.  Well, little did I know!  Bob did bring the passports with him.

After lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, we walked across Rainbow Bridge into Canada.

P2230093 4x6American Falls and the Observation Tower

P2230096 4x6American Falls

So, Saturday was my birthday.  Are you wondering how old I am?  In Canada, after taking a couple photographs of the falls, Bob and I walked toward the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue — the location of a clothing store in which I wanted to shop.    As we approached a crosswalk, a lady caught my eye and smiled at me.  When I smiled back at her, she told me that she liked my hat.   The three of us ended up walking in the same direction for a while.  I learned that she was from Australia and in Canada on business.  She thought Bob and I were from Canada because of the hat I was wearing.  I told her that we were from Pennsylvania and that we purchased the hat in Canada.  In fact we were on our way to the clothing store in which I purchased the hat.     I also mentioned that we were spending the night in Niagara Falls to celebrate my birthday.  She asked me how old I was.  When I told her that I was 57 years old, she did a double look at me.  “No”, she said; “you don’t look a day over 40!”  Such a sweet lady!

The Australian lady parted ways with us at the clothing store on the corner of Clifton Hill and Falls Avenue.  We made a small purchase in the clothing store.  When Stacey first saw my Canadian hat, she wanted it.  Now, Stacey will have her own Canadian hat.

Our final stop, before walking back over Rainbow Bridge into New York, was at the duty-free shop.  I took these two photographs from the parking lot of the duty-free shop.

P2230098 4x6The bridge you see is the Rainbow Bridge.  The tall building to the left of the bridge is the Seneca Niagara Casino.  Our hotel was to the right of the bridge, near the tall brown building.

P2230100 4x6One last glimpse of the American and Horseshoe Falls

Bob purchased a bottle of Maker’s Mark at the duty-free shop.  It was a 1 liter bottle of whiskey that was priced lower than what is available at home in 750ml bottles.  This was the first time that we made a purchase at the duty-free shop, while on foot.  One of the shop attendants walked us to the border crossing, ensuring that we left Canada with Bob’s bottle of Maker’s Mark.

P2230105 4x6Bob took this photograph of me, soon after we returned to New York.  It had been at least a couple hours since we had sat down.  It felt good to sit!

Later in the day we walked to the Seneca Niagara Casino.  I had hoped for some birthday luck.  No such luck.  The one-armed bandits were not kind to us.

We ate dinner that night at TGI Friday’s.

Bob spoiled me very well for my birthday by spending the night in Niagara Falls with a birthday lunch AND a birthday dinner.  I am a lucky girl to have such a sweet man for a husband.  Thank you, Bob, for a wonderful birthday weekend!

5 Responses to “My Birthday at Niagara Falls”

  1. StellaLouise

    So happy you had an enjoyable bday! It sounds like you had a fun getaway.

    See that observation tower in your photo, where lower part is near the water? We were there in the 1950s when the elevator was stuck on the bottom floor and water started to come in under the door. Making elevator passengers more nervous, Mom was holding my toy skunk (made of rabbit fur, with glass eyes and a spring inside to make it move). She had the skunk tail draped over her coat sleeve and made the skunk move by wiggling it with her (hidden) finger. Imagine how people felt! Stuck in an elevator, water rising, and a “live” skunk! LOL!

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  2. Betsy Adams

    I’m so glad you included pictures of Frozen Niagara. I’d love to see it like that in person…

    I enjoyed following along with you on FB during your awesome weekend. Thanks to Bob for giving you such a great birthday. Couldn’t be better!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  3. Lorraina

    Glad to hear you had a lovely bd; love the hat! I’d like to see Niagra Falls myself but probably not in the winter although hearing there’s a casino there makes it seem more inviting to go anytime.

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  4. Willard Hill

    Belated Happy Birthday. I enjoyed the photos and the commentary. That was especially good about them making sure you took the Makers Mark back to the US.

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  5. Rose

    Happy Birthday…a little belated….what a nice birthday you had. Love that shot of the American Falls.

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