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Monday, August 18, 2014

Niagara on the Lake


Many years ago we were traveling through
Canada and discovered the beautiful little 
town of Niagara on the Lake.  I always tell 
people who are going to visit Niagara Falls
to see the wonder of the Falls and then get 
in your car and drive about 20 minutes north
to Paradise.


Today is our 24th Wedding Anniversary.  We
wanted to take a little vacation to celebrate and
ended up going the week before our anniversary
since the kids were still home from school and could
puppy sit.  When we were thinking about where to 
go, Mr. Wonderful suggested the Niagara area and
we decided to go for High Tea as a treat.


And the place to go for High Tea is at the
Prince of Wales Hotel in Niagara on the Lake.


It is a beautiful old hotel that was built in
1864.  Queen Elizabeth stayed here during
 her visit to the town.


We decided to have our tea in the Drawing Room
since it looked like the perfect place to do so.


This is the table we chose, we were told it
was the best place in the room for tea.


We saw a large party have tea at this table
and though it looks comfy, they were having
trouble juggling tea cups and plates.  It is much
better to sit at an actual table if you can.


The tea arrives first, you have many choices.
I went with a spicy blend that was a lot like
Constant Comment,  Mr. Wonderful went with 
an orange pekoe.


Then the tower of treats arrives.  There are
tea sandwiches, scones and sweets.  On the
side you have a choice of Devonshire clotted
cream, jam and butter.  We took our time and
slowly climbed the tower, we couldn't finish
all of it.


After tea we strolled around the town
to walk off all we had eaten. The flower 
displays in this town are spectacular.
I wish I knew their secrets for such lush
blooms.


The Main Street is filled with shops to 
browse through.  Try to get off the crowded
Main Street though and walk along the side
streets to see the beautiful homes of the town.


For theatre lovers, this town is the home
of the Shaw Festival.


While admiring a floral display, I found a 
feather, I always think that is good luck.


After our walk we visited a few local
antique stores and then took a drive 
along the Niagara Parkway.  Winston
Churchill said this road was "the prettiest
Sunday afternoon drive in the world".
The area is filled with wineries that 
offer tours and tastings.


And there are countless fruit stands.  This
area is filled with fruit farms.  We were on
the hunt for the tiny golden plums that our
son Brennan had discovered many years ago.


Success!
They were delicious.


We ended the day with a visit to one of North
America's natural Wonders, Niagara Falls.  I
have been lucky to visit the Falls many times
and I still find it breathtaking.

4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place....love the tower with your tea....we would have eaten it all...LOL...
    Happy Anniversary to you both....safe travels!!

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  2. Beautiful pictures as always and what a delightful place to spend an anniversary. I love anything with an English flavor of course, due to my background!!! That's why we met Ellen. I thought you had a South African accent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Oh that's right, you thought I was South African ~ how funny.

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  3. Now I want to go to Victoria BC and have high tea at the Empress, which I have done before and loved.

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