Honeymoon Part Two: Canada
From Iceland we flew to Toronto, we probably spent too many days in the city as we pretty much exhausted all the major tourist attractions. Toronto was a friendly city with a welcoming atmosphere, it was surprisingly warm (Canada is always portrayed as a barren snow land after all) and the food is fab!
From Toronto we travelled down to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a small town on the edge of Lake Ontario, which unsurprisingly is near to Niagara Falls. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint, sleepy, old-world town with an adorable selection of one-of-a-kind shops, cafes and parks. One of the parks even shows films at the weekend at its open-air cinema. Of course, no trip to the area would be complete without a visit to the majestic Falls. Niagara Falls are truly breathtaking; quite simply beautiful. However the tourist industry that has grown around the falls is not. Big skyscraper hotels, casinos, flashing neon everywhere: it really ruins the majesty of the natural wonder. That being said, there is an IHOP, so some brownie points have been clawed back.
All in all, Canada is fab, we didn’t get to see a huge amount of it, but we saw enough to know we need to go back!
The food. It is probably always going to be a highlight for me. It should come as no surprise that I love to eat. There should be a massive, glittery sign explaining how fantastic poutine is to the rest of the world, and personally I have no idea how we have managed to live without it! Other things to note, Canadians make really good ice-cream!
More stunning outfits. I look awesome. Fact.
Exploring the city. By foot or by bike, we saw a lot! There is a lot to see, from old mansions to super modern skyscrapers. We wandered through parks and by the lake shore, we found the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition) strolled through the fair. Sometimes it is just nice to head in a direction not knowing what you will find.
Museums. I am a big geek, and I love museums. History, science, art, I love them all!
CN Tower. It is really high. And it has a revolving restaurant. And it also has a section with a glass floor… where we did a very good act of pretending to be scared.
The Beach. Not quite what we were expecting when we thought of Canada, but it turns out that there are some pretty awesome beaches on Lake Ontario.
Mr. Milo Moose’s Adventures. Mr Moose was purchased because my classroom requires small stuffed animals; this year, Mr Moose has even been helping us to learn French! So, before Milo could come home to England, he needed to explore Canada a little: wherever we went, he went!
Niagara Falls. A definite highlight! Waterfalls are amazing generally, but this one is the next level. It’s huge, and loud, and dangerous, and rapid, and beautiful. We stood at the top, took the boat ride, we went through the tunnels to get closer to the flow, we walked down the paths to see the rapids and none of the pictures have done it justice.
Not being sure if we would be able to fly home. Thank you volcanic eruption that closed down airports. Luckily it wasn’t as bad as Eyjafjallajökull in 2010, this one just closed down the airports on the east side of Iceland, which was OK for us as our 10 hour stop-over was on the west.
Where did you go on your honeymoon? Have you been to Canada? Where would you recommend to see? Let me know in the comments below.