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2chicks Canada ~ Having a Tea Party!

Niagara on the Lake is History come alive. But sometimes it’s just plain fun history. Like Alice In Wonderland kind of fun. Mad Hatter Tea Party kind of crazy.

This is a two-parter blog post. First the tea party, because we just couldn’t resist. Our next blog post on Niagara on the Lake, will be “History alive”. But isn’t that kind of the same thing? So we shall just begin at the beginning.

It all starts with the Shaw Festival and their play, Alice in Wonderland. Here is the link including dates and showtimes. This really is something you wouldn’t care to miss. Surely you’d better hurry and not be late…for a very important date! http://www.shawfest.com/playbill/alice-in-wonderland/

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The Shaw Festival across from Fort George. Everything old is new again.

Secondly, all in strictly proper timing, we’re sure, Beau Chapeau has the most felicitous of window dressings. You will be missing out if you don’t drop by for a look-see. And while looking you may just want to stop inside and find the very hat you’ve been looking for, from a by-gone era or not. https://beauchapeau.com/  (3 slide-show below. Click arrows if you’re still late)…

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See how that crazy Mad Hatter worked on his tea-potion to blend the old and new? What a guy! Gotta tip your hat to him. 😉

Lastly, nothing like a sample of the real deal. A real tea party, done up in Mad Hatter style. An homage to the Shaw and the Carroll, Alice and the Queen.

Let’s stroll down the Avenue to meet the Prince: Prince of Wales that is, the dreamy little Hotel hosting this gem of a party in their very own Tea Room.

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Step back into yesteryear and enter the upside down world of the Hatter. The Queen will be sure to greet you. The Queen of Hearts, that is.

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She will beguile you with her charms and entice you with the aroma of sugar and spice and everything nice.

For your pleasure, another quick slide-show, below, 4 photos.

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With a tower of tea sandwiches, pastries, buttery croissants and muffins set before you, who would not surely be happy? Mouth watering house made scones with devonshire cream and strawberry jam? Specialty teas? Served by a Queen? Oh my!
http://www.vintage-hotels.com/princeofwales/downloads/menus/pw-alice-wonderland-menu.pdf

All in all, if in Niagara on the Lake and you see a cute little rabbit dashing down a hole, we would suggest that you “begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end, then stop”.

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Visit Niagara Falls, Canada from Niagara Falls, USA

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Niagara Falls is a wonder in more ways than one. Not only are we the mighty Niagara, but we are actually three water falls; the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls, overlapping our international Canadian and American borders.
So yes, there are two cities named Niagara Falls, either side of the border, and if you come for a visit, you should be sure to see both. We find Niagara USA to be a more natural experience, with up close and personal views of the water and Falls and is less “touristy”. It has open landscaping and well placed trees and plants, offering calm walkways along the river and solitude if you so choose. The Canadian parks are well manicured, the view of the Falls is great, and it is an experience you should take in, given the opportunity.
 
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One of the easiest ways to see both sides, if you are staying in Niagara Falls, New York, is to simply walk over the Rainbow Bridge. Parking prices on the Canadian side are high and you might even have to park at quite a distance and take a bus just to see the sites. Instead of driving, you could walk over the bridge which is an adventure in itself and is only small change. It’s also a great photo opportunity because the bridge crosses over the gorge with beautiful views of the Falls.
I met a friend in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the other day. She used to work for the Parks Police and had one of the best office window views in the world, in my opinion! She knows her city like the back of her hand, and even though I’d lived there previously, offered to take me around, like a tourist.
So after visiting her former office, we  took a cute little path up to the Skylon Tower. It is between the Parks Police building and the rose garden across the street from the American Falls. It slices up the cliff to access the Skylon among other things at the top. Some locals call this path “Jolley cut”, named after James Jolley. Be warned that it is rather a bit of a hike, uphill.
 
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The Skylon Tower has breathtaking views of both falls, and the river, as well as the surrounding cities and countryside and the visuals are well worth the experience.
 
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She also gave me a ride along the gorge to the Spanish Aerocar, which was unfortunately closed for the day, due to high winds.
 
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 We went to Zappi’s Pizzeria for lunch, which is a quaint Italian Eatery. This is a small restaurant with delicious homemade food. I had a large salad and wonderful homemade butternut squash soup. http://www.zappispizza.com/niagara-falls-pizza/ It’s a short cab ride uphill from Journey Behind the Falls. You  might find it accessible by foot, but I wouldn’t recommend it.
 
There are several attractions within walking range from Niagara Falls, NY, including;
Niagara’s Fury –http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/niagara-fury/  an interactive 4-D cinematic experience.
Journey Behind the Falls –http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/journey-behind-the-falls/ a walk underneath the Horseshoe Falls.
The Skylon Tower – http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/skylon-tower/ which has an observation deck with a towering view of the waters below including the Falls, River and gorge and surrounding countryside as well as a buffet dining room and a revolving dining room.
The Table Rock Welcome Centre – http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/play/falls-experiences/table-rock/ which houses the Elements on the Falls Restaurant, overlooking the Horseshoe Falls – http://www.niagarafallstourism.com/eat/fallsview-dining/elements-on-the-falls/ , Table Rock also includes a tourist shop, food court and access to the Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara’s Fury.
Clifton Hill – http://www.cliftonhill.com/ a street on a hill that’s a crazy, touristy  conglomeration of “museums”, restaurants, novelties and nightclubs. The height of its season is definitely summer when the street is jam packed with people and you can be jostled about by nearly anyone from anywhere around the world!
 
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