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{Babymoon-in-Review} Niagara Falls

Happy Monday!

On the heels of a heavier post Friday, I’m keeping things light and fun today with a look back at part one of our Babymoon trip.

We sandwiched our entire vacation between two weddings. photo 3 (31)After attending the first in northern Indiana, we woke up bright and early and, with (extremely) full stomachs, set off on our 8+ hour road trip to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

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Nathan’s never this pumped at 6:30 in the morning, but vacation’s an exception
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You can’t stay in Cedar Lake without filling up on diner breakfast

 

Crossing the Canadian border for the first time in my life
Crossing the Canadian border for the first time in my life… please disregard our filthy windshield

 

We arrived in Niagara Falls tired and famished, which is not a good combination for me (pregnant or not). To keep the hanger at bay, we checked into the hotel quickly and simply followed the receptionist’s recommendation receptionist to eat at a local pizza joint.photo 2 (37)

Every Sunday night at 10, they set off fireworks over Niagara Falls. I’m not sure who ‘they’ are, but I’m guessing the Falls fairies ;) Nathan’s desire to see them was much stronger than mine since it rained all evening long. I opted to watch the Miss USA pageant (yeah, in Canada. Who knew?) instead while he set off on a run. He timed the finish just right to be able to catch the fireworks show.

After a much-needed restful sleep, we set out Monday morning to explore the falls.

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Nathan decided to take it all in ;)
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Mommy & Baby Girl enjoying the falls
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Close-up

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Do you ever wonder if you’ll run into people you know when on vacation? One of the funniest happenings of our trip occurred when I was pondering this to myself. I only know one person who lives in Canada, on the west coast, nevertheless,  but thought just maybe she’d decided to visit the Falls at the same time. Yeah right! I posed the question above to Nathan as we walked amidst tons of people and, no lies, his response at that exact moment was, ‘Like Rob?’. Right after asking the question, we ran into one of his former fraternity brothers. How crazy is that?!?

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Nathan & Rob, both of whom just happened to be wearing Pike gear that morning

 

In addition to running into an old friend, Nathan visited the monument of one of his favorite inventors. A few years ago, my husband and a couple of his fellow engineering friends came up with the idea to build this contraption that would generate lightning. True story. After spending way too much time on it, they built what’s known as a Tesla coil. I couldn’t explain the intricacies behind it, only to say that the coil literally shoots small bolts of lightning out of the top and sides and that inventor Nikola Tesla created the first one, hence the name. He also created the very first hydroelectric power system, which lay beneath Niagara Falls, which explains why there’s a monument in his honor. photo 4 (28) photo 3 (33)

Nathan managed to contain his geek freak-out ;)
Nathan managed to contain his geek freak-out ;)

 

Next up… lunch! Nathan surprised me by booking reservations for the Skylon Tower. This restaurant sits 775 feet above Niagara Falls and rotates slowly, so that diners can take in all the sights from that high up.

A couple shots from above…

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Since this was our ‘splurge meal’ of the trip, we dressed up a little. This despite the fact we ate at midday and many of the other people had on shorts and t-shirts. Oh well, we enjoyed dressing classy…

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And eating classy food

French Onion Soup
We shared the French Onion Soup
I opted for the salmon
I opted for the salmon
He chose the filet... all so good!
He chose the filet… all equally tasty!

 

With just a day to spend in Niagara, and a lot to see, we didn’t have much time for rest. We did, however, stop back at the hotel for a short while so this mama-to-be could put her feet up. Then we were off to meander through the Botanical Gardens…

The prettiest purple flowers... I want them for our front yard
The prettiest purple flowers… I want them for our front yard
Herb garden... maybe one day
Herb garden… maybe one day

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Stopping to smell the roses
Stopping to smell the roses

 

And visit a couple Canadian wineries.

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Nathan's vino, my water
Nathan’s vino, my water

 

We ended our day in the tiny town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Super-quaint and charming, nothing like the tourist-trap that is downtown Niagara.

cows icecream

What better way to end the day than with ice cream?
Because the trip wouldn’t be a ‘babymoon’ without ice cream, especially from a place called ‘Cows’

 

After a full day, we opted for dinner and a Netflix movie in our hotel room before crashing into bed.

I thoroughly enjoyed our day in Niagara. What’s not to love about seeing a natural wonder and eating ice cream? I could’ve done without the wine-tasting, but that just goes to show how much I love my husband. The things we do for them :) I’ll be recapping our relaxing stay in the Adirondacks soon.

 

Who’s been to Niagara? What was the most-memorable part?
Do you tend to run into people you know while on vacation?
Favorite ice cream flavor?

 

 

9 thoughts on “{Babymoon-in-Review} Niagara Falls”

  1. Looks like so much fun :-) And the food looks yum-my! And I know what you mean about running into people on vacation; I’m always on the lookout to bump into someone I know at the airport!

  2. Everyone and their mother (ha, did you see what I did there? ;) is going to Niagara Falls recently! My husband suddenly has expressed interest so we may venture up there for our first anniversary in September. Thanks for the recap!

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