Sunday, September 14, 2014

Shots from Santa Cruz

More pictures of Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz.  The earlier ones are here...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Niagara falls

After Montréal, Québec, Ottawa and Toronto cities it was time for Niagara falls and eventually the end of a week long vacation in Canada.  Niagara falls, from Canadian side, just blew my mind away.  The most popular pictures of Niagara falls that I had seen before was the lousy ones with people in same blue wet ponchos on FaceBook.  Thankfully I could get something more than that with my camera during my visit.  The panoramic view of the water falls from the Canadian sight is truly mesmerizing, we could see all three falls - American, Bridal Veil and Horse Shoe right beside Niagara Parkway and feel the mist right next to Horse Shoe fall.

We bought the Niagara Adventure Pass Classic that costs $50 per person which includes Hornblower Cruise - the one that takes you close to the HorseShoe fall to experience the power of nature, Journey Behind the Falls - walk inside the tunnel right beside HorseShoe fall, White Water Walk - walk along the ferocious river with class 6 rapids and Niagara's fury - a 4D movie experience. The cruise is definitely the best among all.  We also got the bonus of the fireworks on Niagara since it was Friday (fireworks schedule could be found here). We were surprised by the amount of tourists we saw there on a Friday, a long weekend is beyond imagination.  As we arrived at Hostelling International in the evening wondering where to have dinner, we just saw "BBQ dinner tonight" board outside the hostel, we had great sausage and salad at the hostel.

Though a picture can speak thousand words, to really experience Niagara you gotta see it yourself from Canadian side.  I've also posted few videos below as well, hope you guys like them.

HornBlower Cruise approaching Horse Shoe Fall

Misty American Fall

Pouring Horse Shoe Fall

Firework on the Niagara

American side of HorseShoe Fall

Horn Blower Cruise comes back from Horse Shoe Fall

Flowers on the Canadian side, American fall in the background

HorseShoe fall lit in the night

A view of American Fall from the cruise

US side of HorseShoe Fall

Night view of American Falls

Up-close-and-personal with Horse Shoe Fall

The lights that illuminate the falls

Casino overlooking the river

The misty American fall

A shallow DOF picture of American Falls

Fireworks on Niagara

A sparrow

White water rapids

The cruise does a 180 degree turn to return to the dock

Fireworks on Niagara

Forceful Horse Shoe fall

American Falls and the Bridal Veil Fall

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Terrific Toronto

It was unfortunate that we just had an evening to spend in a vivid and vivacious city of Toronto.  I loved every second I spent in the city.  It was the liveliest of all cities I saw in Canada till now and I love such cities, kinda reminded me of San Francisco.  We didn't do much - we walked from our hostel to Queen's park, Ontario Legislative Building, took metro to Union, walked around waterfront, Yonge St., Dundas square, met my old friend Shridhar and his family and dined at Sabai Sabai Kitchen and Bar on Church street. 

I only wish I had a couple of days in Toronto to get to know the city better...hopefully next time!

Ontario Legislative Building

Gay Pride 2014 mural

Toronto Skyline

Pet exhibit promo

Roadside artwork

Victorian house turned into a bar

Bloor station

Old and new

CN tower

Ontario Legislative Building

Gay Android!

Artsy street side

The Rainbow Flag!

The Massey Tower

Passerby Ontario Legislative Building

An unknown building

 A production crew relaxes at the campus of University of Toronto

Toronto Jump On Jump Off

Purvi at the dinner table