Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Niagara and Toronto Trip Report

We left Friday night from the house at around 600 p.m. Stopped for gas and a snack, and drove straight there the rest of the way. Got to the hotel, the Fallsview Plaza Hotel. Checked into our room, which was with a view of the Falls. Could not see much at night though, LOL. Were starving, so headed to Eastside Mario's for dinner, which was conveniently located in our hotel. Had dinner, and the service was awesome. Walked across the street to check out the casino for a few minutes. Casino looked really nice, but we were exhausted, so we came back to the room and went to sleep.



Got up with a list of things I wanted to see and do! :). We got our car and headed first to a bird aviary called Bird Kingdom. Loved this place. The birds were gorgeous, and they had some reptiles too! I held this huge boa, and Kurt refused to, haha. They would not allow pics while holdding the snake, so I have no evidence, but, I did it! Next, we headed to the Butterfly Conservatory, which was beautiful. So many different kinds of butterflies. It was awesome to take pics of them. I could seriously spend an entire day in the conservatory just taking pictures. Gorgeous.


We then headed to eat at this place called Taco N Tequila. Was NOT impressed. It may have been the worst nachos I have eaten in my life. And the service was kinda lame. But, whatever! :). Moving on. Took the car back to the hotel, and started off on a walk to the Falls, which was only a couple blocks from our hotel. Walked along the Falls, taking pics. Then, we decided to do the tour called Journey Behind the Falls. You take this elevator down behind the Falls, and get to see the Falls from behind. It was pretty incredible being that close to the Falls and seeing and feeling them so close. After that, headed to get the car and to Ripley's Believe it Or Not, a favorite Kurt attraction.

It was really kewl as well, and we had fun reading about all the weird stuff. We then headed back to the hotel for a quick nap before heading out for dinner. Chilled in the room, then headed out to watch the State game. We went to this place called Boston Pizza. Had a blast there. The food was AWESOME, State won, and we got to play all these fun arcade games after the game and dinner. We played skee ball, football, basketball, trivia, etc. So fun. After that, we went through a funny Haunted House, where Kurt kept scaring me....bad Kurt. haha. Headed to the casino next, but it was really busy and we were not having luck getting on a poker table. So, we played some slots, where I doubled my money! Kurt lost, so we did not end up ahead though. No biggie. Went to sleep exhausted after a long day....

Next day, we packed up and headed to Toronto. Texted with Katie on the way, and headed to the hotel to wait for her to get there and give us a Katie City Tour! Love tours from the natives. :). Our hotel was super modern and Lori-like. Loved the room. We were upgraded to a city view room as well, which was kewl. Katie got there and we headed out to lunch. She took us to this awesome burrito place called Burrito Boyz. I would kill for this place in Michigan. Such a fabulous lunch place. I had a halibut burrito and it was AWESOME. After that, we toured like a MILLION places in Toronto. Best tour ever. We saw Chinatown, the Indie area, the Distillery District, the Indie area, Kensington market, Woodbine Beach, Trinity Bellwoods park....Then we headed to Little Italy for dinner at Cafe diplomatico and had yummy pasta. Went to the hotel after that as we were exhausted.

Slept in, then found a place to get massages at called Totto Spa and Salon. The place was really nice. The massage therapist was great as well. She beat me up, which is totally what I needed. They had a jacuzzi and sauna that Kurt used while I was getting my massage. After the massages, we had a rain shower, which I have never done before. Basically, you laid on these tables and water just poured on you. Totally relaxing. I now want one in my house. Kurt won't do it though. Meanie. :). After that, we headed to lunch at a place called Gabby's. The waiters there all had Australian accents. Headed to the Royal Ontario Museum. Gorgeous place. Prob my fav part was the dinosaurs and the Africa section. We then headed to the game at the Rogers Centre. The stadium is gorgeous. And thankfully, indoors, since it was COLD and snowing by this time. Our seats were incredible. 9th row, right between the Tigers dugout/behind home plate. The Tigers lost horribly, but we had an awesome time. The Candian Tenors sang both anthems at the start.

Drive home was horrible. Blizzard the entire way, until we hit MI. Got home at 2, and lucky us, had court at 840 a.m. and a trial at 10:00 a.m.! :). Won my hearing, and Kurt is doing well at the Trial too, so all is good.

That's about it. Click here to see all the pics. Hope everyone else had a nice weekend.

10 comments:

Rebecca said...

Super fun weekend!

Tanya said...

Great pics, sounds like you had a blast! Had to giggle at the "Ate at a place called Boston Pizza". Guessing you don't have them in the states? I thought they were everywhere! Especially with a name like BOSTON Pizza ;)

Nicole said...

Sweet!

Rachael said...

Glad to hear your trip went well! We have Bostons in the states. I've seen Boston's here in the Seattle area and in AZ, but have never eaten there.

Lori H said...

I have never seen a Boston's in the States.......I wish we had one close, because we really liked it! :).

Silka said...

Everything sounds awesome except for Boston Pizza but maybe thats because I'm an avid Boston hater...LOL

.................Nancy said...

I love Boston Pizza and East Side Marios :) I would LOVE to try a rain shower! That amazing tulip picture still blows my mind. The colours, the composition, the way the flower is just LEAPING out of the photograph!

Katie said...

I think, if I'm not mistaken, Boston Pizza as it is known today was co-owned by one of the Dragons on Dragons Den, for all you CBC-watchers :)

Mmmm... Gabby's. The site of many drunken outings!

Glad you liked the tour!

I still haven't been to the ROM since they remodelled it... I really should make my way over there.

The rain shower sounds amazing!

Lori H said...

Nancy! Thanks on the pic comment. I am glad you like it so much....Weirdly, I did not think it was anything that good! I guess I was wrong? :). I heart flowers and flower close-ups.....

Brittany said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend! Great pictures. :)