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Monday 18th December 2006

Niagara Falls


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Today was a very busy day for us as we went to Niagara Falls! We made the hour long local bus trip to the American side of the falls and upon arrival we went up to the viewing tower to view the America Falls and part of Niagara Falls. It was absolutely spectacular although slightly different to what we expected as the falls seperate the two cities of Niagara - one American, the other Candadian so either side of the falls is crowded with buildings all offering amazing views.

After catching the Shuttle bus to the Island where we were able to go down to the observation deck of the America Falls. NOrmally the decks are quite close to the falls but being winter they remove some of the decks because of the weather but we still managed to get wet in the spray which was really what the experience was about and we were both relieved we didn't have to wear the little bright yellow ponchos that is norma during the summertime.

After visiting the Falls we ventured over to the American viewing platform of Niagara Falls. The view was amazing and you got a real sense of how powerful the falls really are. The falls had a massive mist rising from the centre of the river below so we were not able to see a complete view of the horseshoe shape but we definately got the idea!

We then walked across the Canada bridge to the Canadian side of the falls an the view of the falls was absolutely spectacular. After going through customs we saw the view of the America Falls from the Canada side and honestly the view is so much better from the Canadian side. You view the falls directly face on whereas on the American side you look back on the falls so it is harder to view them in their entirity. As it was getting dark we decided against walking up to the Niagara viewing platform mostl because the mist was incedable and bloced out most of the falls making it hard to see the Horsehoe shape. We decided instead toget some dinner and then comeback to see the falls at night.

The view in the evening was amazing and we were both so glad that we saw the falls at night. The horsehoe falls were a little har to see - again due to the mist - but the America Falls were breathtaking. Unfortuently as it was so dark our photo didn't turn out as we had hoped but the experience was unforgettable.

After crossing back over the bridge to the American side we vetured back to Buffalo for some much earned sleep!

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Sunday 17th December 2006

Chicago - Buffalo

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This morning was an eary morning as we caught a shuttle to the airport at 6.30am. After having a few problems checking out of the hostel we managed to arrive safely at the airport where we then boarded our flight to Buffalo and arrived in the town just on dusk. The hostel was really friendly and were so helpful and full of information, but being a sunday in down town Buffalo we were a little light on entertainment so the helpful staff suggested joining the Library for $1 and enjoying free unlimited internet. Downtown Buffalo is more of a Financial District so on weekends it is dead quiet and that is not an exaggration. We probably saw maybe 3 or 4 other people on our way to the Library. The main street is closed to traffic as there is a tram that runs along the street so there really isnt any need for people to be in the streets on a sunday afternoon. We spent the remainer of the afternoon in the Library.

As we wandered back down the empty streets towards our hostel we stopped at TGI Fridays for dinner and tested out the local delicacy - Buffalo Wings. They were a little different to what we expected but we managed to clean of our plates before heading back to the hostel for an early night as we prepared for tomorrow - Niagara Falls!

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Saturday 16th December 2006

Chicago

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Today was a rather slow morning as we wound up our time in Chicago. We spent the day visiting the Lincoln Park area which we discovered was close to our hostel. It was a lovely area full of shops and restraunts and we found a wonderful internet cafe with full faciltites where we were able to catch up on the website and keep informed of our travels.

We ended the day having dinner in a typical American style diner where we enjoyed good old American burgers before heading back to our hostel for bed and the glorious task of packing!

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Friday 15th December 2006

Chicago

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This morning we went to the John Hancock Observatory and rose to the 94th floor for a wonderful view of the city. We took an audio tour and learnt some very interesting information about the city and it's attractions. After the observatory we had lunch at the cheesecake factory but ended up not having any cheesecake as we were both so full even though we shared a meal! As the cheesecake shop was on the magnificent mile we once again headed up and down the street enjoying the sights and doing an awful lot of window shopping. We spent the remainder of the afternoon shopping and then went to see a movie "The Pursuit of Happyness" starring Will Smith and his 7 year old son playing the other lead role.

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Thursday 14th December 2006

Chicago

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This morning we caught the train down to the Navy Pier which turned out to be more of a shopping centre located on a Pier than anything else. We had a wonderful time looking around the Pier and its attractions and stumbled across a winter wonderland expo that was happening so we had a great time looking at all winter attractions. After the Navy Pier we headed to the magnificent mile which is the premier shopping area of town - similar to Rodeo drive but not quite as exclusive. This place was huge! We managed to find the apple store and get Kylie's ipod fixed - after much stress - and then we headed back to our hostel. With a bleak evening ahead of us we searched the neighbourhood for some kind of entertainment and found a show called the Snow Queen written by Hans Christian Andersen which looked very interesting - from the outside! We decided we didn’t have the funds to see the show and as we were leaving we asked the guys doing the Valet parking whether there were any cinemas near by. One of the guys must have felt sorry for us and he gave us two free tickets to the show. Unfortunately the show wasn’t that good….but at least the tickets were free. At one point one of the actresses was singing a song that her ideal love note would be written on a fish… .what the? At least we can say we experienced the ‘cultural’ side of Chicago.

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