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The Olde Towne

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Had visitors on the weekend so we all went for a stroll in the Old Town, Niagara-On-The-Lake. Lord, have mercy, you would have thought they were giving away free money. There were tourists strode ever’whar. I noticed one smallish dog on a leash and felt sorry for him. I’ll bet he had never seen so many legs.

N-O-T-L is a very pretty and quaint little town though, so I thought I would go back during the week for a better look around when it was less crowded.

Dream on, I discovered.

After burning a gallon of gas I was able to find a place to park out in East Moses. I passed cars from every state imaginable and some I hadn’t heard of… many Canadian provinces as well…. while hoofing it back to the main street. I was hot and sorely tempted to break down and get an ice cream cone that is a virtual prerequisite for a visitor. However, I live here, I can’t afford tourist prices!

Below, with code stolen from... uhh…borrowed from… uhh…”courtesy of” the Chamber of Commerce’s web site, is a live cam of downtown NOTL.

Here’s a few pictures that I took on my walk. In the glaring sunshine with a point-and-shoot camera, it’s nearly impossible to make out the screen, so you push the shutter button and hope for the best. Some are okay, for a tired old man in desperate need of a $7 ice cream cone.

In this shot, below, for the longest time I thought the body of water was a bay and the fort in the background was Fort George, on the Canadian side. I overheard one of theĀ  horse-drawn buggy tourist guides say that this is where the Niagara River empties into Lake Ontario. The fort is Fort Niagara in Youngstown, New York… on the American side.

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Below, some hardy souls brave the water. This strip of sand is Mississauga Beach, where the even hardier souls set off to swim across Lake Ontario, landing in Toronto. I tried the cross-lake swim once. Had to give up. Lake Swimming Pool. The kind you blow up.

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A ditch full of lilies.

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Even in a tourist town, we have to eat. The local grocery store, Phil’s Valu-Mart.

 

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