Awoke fairly early Monday morning to finish packing and had breakfast with the Brewers. Learned that the wedding had gone on past 2am. All of a sudden I was even more tired. After lots of yuks...there are always lots of yuks with the Brewers...we parted ways...they to their white stretch limo and a 12pm flight from JFK to SFO...and we in our little yellow taxi to LaGuardia for a 12pm flight to Toronto...Eh? The cab ride and the flight were uneventful. We landed in Toronto a little early. When arranging for a rent a car, I could not believe that the major rental agencies wanted more than $200/day for even a mid-size car. So I found "Ace Rental" which was a bus ride, then a shuttle ride from the airport. But it was $40/day. The shuttle ride was entertaining. I was joined by a woman from Rio de Janeiro and her two boys who was obviously fascinated by our Sikh driver and his turban. Without any hesitation or humility she said,"I am not from here, why do you have that on your head?" Haven't been to Rio but I assumed there are no turban wearers there. He was very polite and patient and stated that he was a Sikh and that his religion required the headdress. She chuckled as she reported in Spanish to her kids what he had said. She wasn't finished. "Don't women have to wear something similar?" "No", he repled politely. I thought she may have been a TV or newspaper reporter, because the inquisition continued until we arrived at Ace. I got my red Kia Forte while my friend from Rio was being denied a car because of some problem with her driver's license. I did not hear the end of the ruckus as I left to pick up Margaret and the luggage at the airport.
We loaded up and headed for Niagara Falls, barrel and all. I obtained a GPS at Ace because the app I downloaded that was supposed to work offline had not responded. The Tom Tom had a very stern, assertive male voice that we would largely learn to ignore. About an hour and 15 minutes later, with one minor detour, we arrived in Niagara Falls. I had done the research, but was immediately struck by the mini Las Vegas appearance. Large, high rise hotels and huge big screen TVs on the outside of buildings, one showing a naked couple together in a jacuzzi tub...well, I assumed they were naked...there were a lot of bubbles. We arrived at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, the top rated hotel on Tripadvisor, except for the Rex Motel (??? really...I never saw it). The Fallsview is a huge complex with many shops and restaurants. Our room was on the 14th floor and I hope to get pictures on here which show the amazing views of the falls. Suffice it to say, despite the glitter and the overdone touristiness, the Falls are SPECTACULAR in their beauty, majesty and power...and, at night, they light them up! And, during the day, they light themselves up with rainbows depending on the angle and location of the sun.
We embarked on a long walk around the area, pausing for photo opps that were many and everywhere. We made our 7:30 dinner reservation at The Keg in the Embassy Suites next door. The Keg is a Canadian chain of restaurants like Ruth's Chris. The attraction is the view. Virtually every table in the restaurant has a remarkable view of both the American and Canadian falls...lo and behold, the food was very good. We walked back to our hotel and descended upon the casino where I had visions of paying for the trip. Alas, I found that I had absolutely no interest in the tables. Oh well, back to the room with the multiple colors illuminating the falls. Spectacular.