by Julianna Squicciarini
It turns out that Niagara Falls is not one of the seven wonders of the world. No. We looked it up on Wikipedia, the all-knowing, and it is not. Victoria Falls is, but not Niagara. So now don’t we look like idiots, driving an hour and a half out of our way to see a wonder, when it wasn’t even a wonder. <sigh>
But the Falls are truly wonderful, and probably should be a wonder of the world, and so I’m glad we went. Maybe they can be considered one of the seven wonder of North America, or something.
Peter, our fearless leader, is not a sightseer. He is not a tourist. We spent all of three minutes at Niagara Falls, glanced, took a picture or two, and turned around and walked back to the car. In fact, the enormous statue of Nikolai Tesla, located in Niagara State Park, got more reaction from Peter than the Falls. Meaning he climbed up there and we took a picture. Things move very quickly with him – when strolling around North End in Boston, we made it to the end of the main street in about seven minutes, and that was with a stop for gelato. We sat on a bench for a few moments, listening to cool guitar music, before Peter spread his big hands and long fingers and asked what we were doing next and why we were just hanging out there and why didn’t we just head over to our hotel to check in? And that’s exactly what we did. So perhaps my brother is more of a finisher; it’s all about the destination, not the journey. To each his own.
Today, after Niagara Falls, we drove down through Buffalo (side note: one hour’s worth of parking in NYC? $30; one hour’s worth of parking in Buffalo? $1.25), stopped at some outlets along the way, and arrived at our suite in Pittsburgh, PA, about an hour ago. It is surprisingly roomy for the price we paid, including a kitchenette with refrigerator and stove. We were floored, to say the least.
We cooked in (how could we not, with a stove on hand?!), and look forward to a good night’s sleep, after a long drive today.
Many thanks to our wonderful aunt and uncle in Rochester, who not only made last night a fabulous evening, but gave us great suggestions for eateries in Buffalo and strongly urged us to make a stop at the Falls. We love them. 🙂