Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Vacation to Niagara Falls - Part 2

On the second day of our trip we ventured out to see some of the other sites in the area. Our first stop was to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. We just toured the grounds, looked at some of the 150 saints statues and climbed to the top of the dome to look at the giant Mary statue. Then we visited the gift shop and bought a few books.

Next we drove over to Youngstown, NY, to have lunch at a little cafe and stopped along the shore of Lake Ontario to check out the (faint) view of the Toronto skyline. Look closely in the center of this picture to see Toronto, Canada.

Then we made our way over to the Old Fort Niagara. This was one of Carl's highlights and he could tell you way more about the fort than I can remember. We toured the museum, watched a short video about the fort and listened to the tour guide tell about the fort as well. Then we were off to explore the old fort, it's over 300 years old.

This was the 'French Castle'

Apparently, the people back then were much shorter than Carl.

Carl is looking out over the river to see if any enemies are coming...

After our tour of the Old Fort Niagara, we went back to the hotel to change our clothes for our night out on the town. Usually on Fridays, we eat Mexican food, so just because we were on vacation we couldn't skip our Mexican dinner. I googled Mexican restaurants and found one, when we got to the restaurant there was a line out the door - always a good sign. The food was really good too. Then with our cowboy boots on we headed down to the casino.

I'm no Aunt Alice when it comes to gambling. I only play 25 cent video poker. Here is my biggest jackpot - $6.25. It wasn't much but it felt like a lot at the time - I won 25 credits, woohoo!
After a few hours of gambling and 50 dollars we called it a night and left with nothing but a good time.


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