Road Trip

…the highlight was the drive, the conversations and the quality time.

In November I took my sons to Mexico. It was my oldest son’s 16th birthday and we had a blast. After accepting the job in Qatar it only made sense to plan a trip to the third country on the continent of North America before we move off of it.

On Thursday my family and I took a road trip to Canada.  My husband took off from work and drove the whole way. We drove thru PA and New York and arrived in Niagara Falls in a little over 6 hours.  We had great conversation and stopped at the New York border to take this picture.

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We were disappointed that the border workers didn’t stamp our passports when we arrived to Canada. I was hoping my husband would get his first stamp and the boys and I would get our first stamp in our new books here.

We checked into the Doubletree, then walked around. We went to the Falls and took some pictures. It was off season so there were no boat or cruise tours available. That was a bit disappointing but seeing the falls was nice.

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Then we walked to Clifton Hills. It sort of reminds me of Atlantic City without the beach. We tried Poutine; it tasted good but we definately needed some Gas-x afterwards.

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On Friday, we tried Beaver Tails. They’re not actually tails from beavers but dessert shaped like beaver tails. We tried several Canadian specific foods during our vacation. Take a look.

 

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Maple dipped donut from Tim Hortons.

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Nasty crush cream soda.

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Smarties are like American M&Ms but not as good. Coffee Crisp are like Kit kats but better, and All dressed Chips are like every flavor in one chip, rather tasty actually.

We went to the outlets, where I purchased my new Pandora bead. I try to collect one specific to the destination whenever I travel someplace new.

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I hope they have Pandora shops in the MiddleEast.  After some brief shopping we drove to Niagara on the Lake, a quaint little town with antique shops and of course a lake.

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Since we’d heard Toronto was only about a 1.5 hour drive away, we took the drive. The buildings there look futuristic and I think next time we go to Canada, this is where we will stay.

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On Saturday we headed home along a long scenic route. We stopped in Buffalo NY for some buffalo wings at Duffs.  For it to be the buffalo wing capital, they were just ok.  Here’s me and my son dabbing outside of Duffs, being silly.

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We took in the beauties of our home state during the ride. Pennsylvania really is beautiful once you step outside of Philly. We had a nice time but the highlight was the drive, the conversations and the quality time.

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Author: phillygirl77

I've lived my whole life in Philadelphia. Daughter of a teacher, I later became one myself. When I heard about teaching overseas, I jumped feet first. Finally told yes, my two boys and I prepared for our new life abroad. Join us on our journey in Qatar!

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