Throwback Travels

~Once a month I’ll be throwing back to a travel I’ve been on~

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This throwback goes back to September 2013 when my sister & her new husband stopped off to see us in Toronto on the way back from their honeymoon in Barbados. To say I was excited is an understatement. I literally could not sit still all day in work as the time dragged, I sat impatiently waiting for the text to say she was boarding the flight. As soon as I finished work me & Gary went on a little “adventure” having rented a car for the first time. First we stopped off at Ikea, where we picked up my sewing desk & then I picked up some balloons to have when we met them at the airport. LETS JUST SAY Gary has a little issue with opening car doors when there’s balloons inside. I sat in the passenger seat and watched the balloons float by my window. After the mini tantrum we set off on our way to try and find the airport & just as our luck sets in – the road is closed. Fantastic, we had a full blown argument with the GPS until we ripped it out and I was crying. Finally we pull up at the airport and I come running through [picture Jim Carrey: Dumb & Dumber scene] with what balloons I have left to find my sister & her husband standing their smiling.. waiting on me.

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The balloons that didn’t blow away.

So after the tears, [mainly because I was so happy to see them] we set off on our little journey to show them around our new neck of the woods. The next morning, we whipped them up a Canadian breakfast [pancake mix, maple syrup + bacon] and set off on our trip to Niagara Falls. We spent the car journey singing, reading Niagara Falls facts & eating. We stayed in a double suite on the 37th floor of the Hilton with a falls view room. One of those moments & memories I will have forever, the 4 of us just sat there for a minute and had a good look around us. There we were, 4 Dubs sitting looking at one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world. Beats sitting at home havin’ a cup of tea + looking at the rain hit the window!

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Pancakes. Yum.

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The Newlyweds.

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Havin’ a good look.

We took a walk down along the park to see the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side and then up to see the American Falls. It really is one of those times when a picture doesn’t even do it justice. Me, Gary & Anne-Marie went off to board the maid of the mist leaving Ciaran to sit and take in the view.

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Poncho’s on, smiles plastered on our faces & drenched in mist we sailed in and around the horseshoe falls and back out into a beautifully perched rainbow. The boat journey was fun & well worth the $15 ticket. To anyone questioning visiting Niagara Falls, don’t. JUST GO.

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We stopped off in the souvenir shop of course…

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 And then we headed out for a beautiful meal that night, even hitting up the slots in the Fallsview Casino afterwards…

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Of course we couldn’t have left Niagara without breakfast so we stopped off at the most obvious choice…

IHOP [International House of Pancakes.]

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The best pancakes we’ve ever had [with multiple different syrups]. Delish. The boys were happy – obviously.

Having family come to visit you when you live so far away is one of the most amazing feelings in the world. You appreciate every moment you spend with them & you value it because you know it will be gone again in no time. I’m happy I got to see my sister when she was in her first trimester of pregnancy! And now she’s only 7 weeks left to go, I can’t wait to see baby McGill in a couple more weeks!

Until the next throwback, I’ll continue to jot.

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