Poor Niagara!

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Red Carpet Motel - $58 with coupon. Good

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Monday, September 8, 2008

Up early to travel about 300 kms along Lake Ontario, past Toronto and to Niagara Falls.

We arrived and checked into a Red Carpet Motel for $58 using one of the coupons we collect along different tourist information places. It was OK (managed by an Indian family), although there were no red carpets, and strangely the shampoo in the bathroom was from the Ramada Inn and another couple of different hotels!

Apparently Eleanor Roosvelt said when visiting Iguazu Water Falls in Argentina the famous words of "Poor Niagara", and certainly in comparison they are tiny...or at least that is the impression. In any case they are still a glorious show of nature, only spoilt by the thousands of businesses, casinos, hotels, restaurants and pavements built around them.

Eleanor probably did not have to suffer the terrible destruction of one of the natural wonders of the World by the mass tourist industry. If she compared them today what would she say?

Luckily for us, it is low season, and a Monday so there was only one million tourists (a couple million less than normally), and even the parking was free as there is low flow of tourists.

We had a long walk along the Canadian side of the falls and enjoyed every bit, practising every few steps taking shots with our new camera. We skipped the activities offered locally as they would hardly get close to the Iguazu experience, but there was certainly a lot of them (falls from the ship, behind the falls, flying on top of the falls, jumping around the falls..and all the usual stuff!).

We ended the night with a chinese takeaway, mainly because downtown Niagara Falls in the Canadian side seems to be in a deep economic depression. There are houses on sale all over, abandoned businesses and quite a lot of scum walking some of the streets. We guess the waterfalls fail to feed all the people on both sides of the river.

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