We’re here in Niagara, Ontario, Canada
From left to right. Henry, Millie, Catherine,
Bear and Bill.
After chores and closing up Beez Neez, Bill came to pick us. Once
again we had been offered the fantastic hospitality and overnight stay at Millie
and Bills. They had invited their good friends Catherine and Henry for supper –
what a supper. Hors d oeuvres - homemade spinach and cheese dip on crisp bread.
Mains - homemade lasagna, crab cakes, salad, garlic bread, copious amounts of
wine then sweet.
A lovely surprise for
Up this morning to the wonderful smell of home baked muffins in the
oven, cheese, fruit and tea – just right. After hugs with Millie, Bill very
kindly took us to the airport for our 11:44 flight to Atlanta. We have heard if
you die anywhere in America you will go via Atlanta en route to the other side.
The 214 mile flight was uneventful but Bears excitement made up for that. Only a
few minutes and we were boarding our 760 mile trip to Buffalo, New York. A bit
bumpy, but nothing to dampen the widening smile across a certain
Herb met us for Bears first and second real
surprises of the day. This girl is the same length as Beez.
What a way to pass out from America. The lady from Homeland Security
came to the car window to collect our passports, asked us if we had tobacco or
alcohol products in our cases, were we meeting anyone and when would we be back.
She trotted off to stamp us in to Canada. Our first
look in this new country.
Saying 'farewell' to
Bear had to wait a few minutes whilst I got a few things sorted, then
it was up to the fourteenth floor of our 'Mrs
Miggins'. I asked Bear to shut his eyes and led him to our window for
his first proper look at the
Views left, front and right
Gloria on the hospitality desk told us we would not go far wrong
eating at The Famous in the food court of the casino next door. Our hotel fridge
has cans of beer at $6.95 so a little walk to the liquor store was on the cards.
Two blocks away is a vast shop selling wine, beer and spirit from all over the
world, we checked the numerous Australian lagers, but no Beez Neez; we will have
to wait for that pleasure. Walking back toward the
casino we saw an electronic billboard featuring Don
Henley (ex Eagles). Bear suggested we eat then find out more.
Wrapped in an Art Deco theme, The Famous
is a 24-hour upscale diner that serves the freshest of foods in a casual,
comfortable setting. The all-day breakfast is complemented by a menu that covers
everything from hamburgers to comfort foods like macaroni cheese and dinner
entrees of rib-eye steak, pan-fried halibut and meatloaf. Bears eyes lit up when
he saw liver and onions, I had chicken and gravy. Celebrating we shared a rose,
not done that for a very long time. Our bottle of Sowhilo was made no more than
twenty miles away, we had no idea we are also in a town famous for no less than
seven vineyards and in fact many come here to go on wine tours as we have done
in South Africa. Dean was our attentive and knowledgeable waiter.
Sufficiently full to say the very least we wandered off to find the
box office to inquire about Don, two tickets available on the balcony, just able
to get in at nine, we did it. What a great show – but
I couldn’t get used to looking up and not seeing the rest of The Eagles there
with him. He did loads from Hotel California, a couple of romping rock, one or
two slowies. His band is very talented and the harmonies were tight.
Back to our room at eleven, tired, happy but time for a quick soak in
the Jacuzzi with a night cap. Nestled in our vast bed not many seconds before
someone close by was snoring nicely.
ALL IN ALL QUITE A DAY