Niagara Falls.....................................

Trip Start Jul 09, 2008
Trip End Jun 10, 2009

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

18th July to 22nd July 2008

The guide book (USA - Rough Guide) states that '........Niagara City hasn't got allot to offer other than the falls, best bet would be to stay in Buffalo', who were we to argue, still novices after all!

The Greyhound was reasonably ok, if a little slow, however the compulsory legroom for a 6 foot 3'er was adequate. Alarm bells started ringing though when our FULL coach stopped in Buffalo and only three people got off, Kash, myself and another bloke, who was getting picked up by a friend and being driven to Toronto! So only Kash and myself were staying in Buffalo...................... oh crap, i think we dropped a clanger!
Evidence mounted when we started walking the streets looking for a bus, taxi or anything that could get us to our hotel, and nothing! Fortunately the hotel sent a taxi for us, which at a distance looked ok, but as is approached it became apparent that anything goes in the USA. We made it to the Hotel in Cheektawaga, a province of Buffalo, in one piece though.

Hotel was superb, a Comfort Inn on the outskirts catering for people on business i expect, but coupled with the complimentary breakfast was good value.

On the 19th we managed to get back to the Transport Station in Buffalo to catch a connecting bus to Niagara Falls. While waiting around a dude in a White suit with a white Stetson introduced himself (We'll call him Wilbur as we've forgotten his name). He wanted to know what we were doing where we'd been and what we were doing next, nice bloke really, he just looked like JD Hogg (without the Beagle) from the Dukes of Hazard.

Niagara Falls make up for Buffalo. The city itself was a little sleepy but we never went for that really. We started by crossing the viewing platform, as everyone does. Its a huge cantilever diving board like structure which allows tremendous view of the American falls and the Horseshoe falls, compulsory photo's ensued, in and amongst the masses of Japanese, British and mainland European Travellers, you can tell the Dollar ($) is on its backside!! Views are awesome, right the way round from the closer American falls following 180 degrees to the Canadian side. We don our rather fetching poncho's (A little odd for the fellas to have Maid of the Mist printed across the front of your nice blue poncho!) and get on the Maid of the Mist to sail up to the foot of the falls. At this point when you disappear into the foot of the Mist at the base of the Horseshoe Falls you start to appreciate the shear volume of water flyingover these falls. I think you get the message, its allot!!
After we got off the boat we took the opportunity to traverse up a wooden walkway and set of steps to reach the foot of the American Falls....................... yup, that water's wet, we both got a thorough soaking!!
Beyond the boat ride we walked the loop of the State Park and Goat Island to view the top of the Horseshoe Falls closer up. Decided to miss out on the Journey Behind the Falls because A) you don't actually get to go behind the falls anymore, B) We would have to queue for another 2 hours (Our fault for visiting at the height of summer!), and C) I'm sure there was a C.
We were going to wait until sundown to watch the light show but as it started slinging it down we cut our losses and made the next bus back to Buffalo and the relative comfort of the hotel pool.

The following day we visited Buffalo only to find that it shuts down at around 6pm every day, its just out and out weird, all we could find was a Subway or a TGI Fridays, that's it. There were some nice buildings in the centre square but other than that Buffalo is a rather stark place. Time to re-write the guidebooks really. If we had chance to go again i think we would stay on the Canadian side and just visit the American side for the views, plus maybe take in Toronto.

The remaining day in Buffalo was just wet wet wet so we did what we do best and took it easy.
The greyhound back to New York was a night coach, which seemed like a good idea when we booked it (no need to pay for a room in NY etc etc) but trying to sleep on a bus with 45 possible murderers wasn't easy. (The day prior to our journey back to NY, theres a big news report of a fella who got stabbed to death on the Greyhound by the passenger he was sat next to............................................. Kash was treated very well for at least 8 hours;) )
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