No mousse but plenty of bubbles

Trip Start Jul 2003
Trip End May 2005

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Saturday, March 5, 2005

Number 32 (4th March 2005 - 7th March 2005): No mousse but plenty of bubbles

Under a tunnel from Detroit and we received a warm welcome in Windsor (despite the now driving snow). Every English town is duplicated in Ontario and the Queen makes an appearance on the money. Everything here feels far more liberal than in the USA and there seem to be plenty of happy immigrants (are they all Lebanese?). Although the drinking age is lower than its neighbour, it's tricky stuff to find outside the bars (offies closed at 9pm!?). For the first time in a while we had, "I love your accent, say something else!"

We headed east past vast frozen lakes, with only the deep snoring from over maple siruped hibernating Canadians to be heard from deep within picturesque, Christmas cake, snow-drifted, red and white barns. It's difficult to limit the adjectives in such a beautiful place. After an extremely hospitable stop in Leamington (near London, Dunwich and Southwold) we continued over the frozen Lake Ontario towards Niagara Falls. Very tired at midnight, we took rooms in the Marriot (of course) due to the reduced, off-season rates. The thunder of water somewhere below sent us off to sleep and when we awoke we were just knocked over by the view of the Horseshoe and American Falls. Even floating in the huge Jacuzzi didn't impair our view of the huge spectacular ice sculptures in the roaring, freezing mist below. At this time of year the falls are breathtaking, and with huge blocks of ice piled up around the volumes of freezing mist and spray blasting into the air we were lost for words. We shivered off in the blizzard to get stuck into ice wine in the local vineyards.

Back to the USA, but Canada will see us again!

Celine and The Mountie

p.s. on a food note, there's similar beer to the US (more pricey to get hold of), orange roughy for supper and peameal bacon for breakfast. Ontario peanuts are the best sampled yet, and the 2003 ice wine is highly recommended!
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