Buffalo sounded intriguing in the tourist brochures so we had driven down there first thing (11:00 a.m....teehee) to explore the city. We must have missed some link between the promotional materials and the actual city; if you're from there, please accept my apologies but I did not love your city. I will show you the three things I did like.
The Liberty Building is simply an ordinary office building that is extraordinary in my opinion because it is topped with twin replica's of the State of Liberty. Y'all know how I LOVE m'lady Liberty so will not be surprised when I say that I don't necessarily approve.
Buffalo City Hall is a 32 story Art Deco masterpiece that sits on the shore of Lake Erie and is prominently visible from the other side of Lake Erie in Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada. I know, that was a lot of Eries...haha It is magnificent; I wish I could adequately describe the friezes, columns, doors, and many other breathtaking elements of design.
That, my dears, concludes our tour of Buffalo, NY although I would be remiss in not mentioning that Buffalo Wings originated there.
After crossing the Peace Bridge into the Ontario town of Fort Erie, we toured the historic Fort Erie which is located on the Lake Erie shore, directly across the lake from the Buffalo City Hall, and was the sight of a particularly bloody/deadly battle in the War of 1812. The walled area of the fort was small but the surrounding escarpments provided additional protection from attack.
The entrance to Fort Erie.
This building housed the Guard Room, barracks, and officer quarters. An identical building, on the other side of the entrance shown above, housed the infirmary, kitchen, supply rooms, etc.
We were fascinated by this section of wall that pivoted to open and close.
Words to remember...“You should only believe half of what you see, and none of which you hear”...just sayin'.
After touring the fort, we headed for Niagara Falls, Canada driving along the spectacular Niagara Parkway, described by Winston Churchill as “the most beautiful Sunday drive in the world”. I agree! Here, the Canadians have maintained public access to the Niagara River as it comes out of Lake Erie and furnished many small parks with picnic tables.
Niagara Parkway almost makes up for the garish commercialism at Niagara Falls in Canada. I mentioned it in yesterday's post; here is what I'm talking about...
After surviving the gauntlet of hotels, restaurants, and tacky tourist traps you are finally treated to this amazing sight...
I took this shot of New York State Observation Tower and American Falls from the Canada side, while Rich was paying for our parking space. We were so lucky to find a spot on the street that runs alongside Niagara Gorge!!!
Before walking to the viewing area, we had a mid-afternoon lunch/dinner at The Secret Garden restaurant because it was nearby. One unfamiliar menu item was Poutine Fries. Do you know what they are?
Yes, Mary, they are a way to ruin perfectly good French Fries by covering them with cheese and brown gravy! Rich and I thought they were okay but would not order them again.
It was overcast while we were there but still, here are my favorite photos of the falls from the Canada side. I couldn't figure out how the guy who took the one of Rich and I got both falls in the shot before realizing that it was just a lucky shot of timing when there were no people close by us allowing him to stand quite a ways back and leaving me space to crop it.
Horseshoe Falls with a Maid of the Mist nearly obscured by the water from the falls.
The wait to cross back into America on Rainbow Bridge was very long. Shortly after I took this picture...
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