Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

When you go to Niagra Falls...

Everybody tells you go to the Canadian side because the US side is depressing. And I can see their point. The Canadians treat this natural landmark as a national treasure; the US acts like they HAVE to do something because of all the history and it's a park and all that crap.

But still...on our side there's a nice riverside space of trails and trees and views of the river and squirrels and birds that will take food from your hand (the top photo is taken from that park). And while the gift shop and the park personnel tending the place are hardly of the greatest calibre, the Canadian side has its share of the same thing. Go into the amusement complex at the base of that observation tower and you'll see what I mean. Something else -- the Canadians have the better view of the Falls. As in, they can see the whole thing (the second photo is from their side). From the US, the best view you get is from a platform built out onto the river and that's a side view.

Still, it was interesting to see how neat the Canadians were with the area and how their side was serious about making it someplace to go to while we still basically treat the place like an old joke.

BTW -- these two photos were the best ones out of 60 I took. There's so much ice and spray going on, it's hard to tell what you're looking at in the rest of my shots.

I popped over there after signing up for an apartment (all bills paid, with cable) in Kenmore Village and meeting with my soon-to-be-boss for lunch. Had to go now because tomorrow a nice big snowstorm is expected...and today was all sunshine and light. So no writing done, today. Yet. It's not too late to fiddle with some things, but tomorrow will be an "in" day.

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