Niagara Falls, ON—Canadian Side 2014/06/23 ~ 2014/06/24

graduation trip (2014) 183Ontario’s Niagara Parks, the Niagara Parks Commission, was established in 1885 to control the lands and buildings immediately surrounding the Horseshoe Falls. The area, which is now known as Queen Victoria Park, encompassed just 62.2 hectares (154 acres). In its long history it has grown to own and maintain over 1325 hectares (3274 acres) of parkland along the entire length of the Niagara River, stretching 53 km (36 miles) from Fort Erie in the south to Niagara-on-the-Lake in the north.

graduation trip (2014) 278The Niagara Parks Commission is set up like a city within a city, with its own police services, road maintenance, waste collection and all other services needed to sustain its extensive operations. Also, the Niagara Parks Commission receives no government financing – they raise their own revenues through gift shops, golf courses, restaurants, attractions and parking lots.

p.s. Queen Victoria Park is literally the “heart" of Niagara Parks. Established by a Provincial Park Act in 1885 and opened in 1888, the park is operated by the Niagara Parks Commission and is considered the centerpiece of the Niagara Falls recreational tourist area. mapBounded by the steep Fallsview moraine and the Niagara River Great Gorge (Beginning from the brink of the Canadian Falls and extending to Oakes Gardens Theatre near the Rainbow Bridge.), the Park features manicured gardens, platforms offering spectacular views of both the American and Horseshoe Falls.

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At night, the gardens are illuminated for an interesting display.niagara-falls-illumination(via http://www.niagaraparks.com/)

p.s. In 1925, the Niagara Falls Illumination Board was created to finance and operate an illumination system to highlight the beauty of Niagara at night. Currently a total of twenty-one xenon lights, each with a 76-centimetre (30-inch) diameter, are used to illuminate the Falls in a rainbow of colours. Each of the xenon spotlights produces more than 390 million peak beam candlepower.

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Eighteen are located at the Illumination Tower, beside Queen Victoria Place and three are located below street level in the gorge opposite the American Falls.

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Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Hotel:

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Located high above the falls, the Presidential Suites at the Embassy Suites hotel has the best view in the city from spectacular floor to ceiling windows overlooking both the Canadian & American Falls.

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graduation trip (2014) 169與多年前莫名其妙睡在車上的尼加拉瀑布之行相比,這回宛若置身天堂,根本不想離開房間!

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清晨從窗戶看到的尼加拉瀑布,水氣瀰漫,美得像幅畫。

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Falls Incline Railway:

graduation trip (2014) 185The Falls Incline Railway( double track with 30 degrees slop and 51.8 metres /170 ft), originally known as the Horseshoe Falls Incline is a simple and convenient way for visitors from the Fallsview tourist area to descend the escarpment to the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

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Table Rock Welcome Centre:

graduation trip (2014) 184Owned and operated by the Niagara Parks Commission, the Table Rock Welcome Centre (also known as Table Rock Centre and, previously, Table Rock House) is a retail and observation complex provides the best direct path from the Horseshoe Falls observation area to the Falls Incline Railway. The complex consists of two buildings (The north building originally constructed in 1926 and the south building constructed in 1974.) connected by an indoor pedestrian mall and anchored by “The Grand Hall", a multi-level indoor observation complex, completed in 2008.

graduation trip (2014) 188View from Bridge

graduation trip (2014) 195View from Table Rock Observation Point

Skylon Tower:

graduation trip (2014) 232The Skylon Tower, inspired by the Space Neddle , was constructed in May 1964 and opened on October 6, 1965. Standing at 160 metres (520 ft) from street level and 236 metres (775 ft) from the bottom of the falls, the Skylon Tower offers the highest overhead view of the falls and the tallest total entertainment complex.

graduation trip (2014) 234The tower features three outside mounted “Yellow Bug" elevators. At the time of their construction they were the first such elevators in Canada. They were designed, engineered and maintained by a division of the Otis Elevator Company from Hamilton, Ontario and can carry passengers to the top of the tower in 52 seconds.

Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort:

graduation trip (2014) 239Commonly known as Fallsview Casino, the resort overlooks the Horseshoe Falls and is one of the most prominent features of the Niagara skyline. Entire complex area is 2,500,000 sq ft (230,000 m2), construction began in 2001 and opened in June 2004.

graduation trip (2014) 242At street level there is a fountain (called “The Teslatron”) that varies its height with the wind so as not to wet pedestrians and passing cars.

Hornblower Niagara Cruises:

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A boat ride in to the mist of Niagara Falls is usually at the top of everybody’s “to do” list. The Voyage to the Falls boat tour provides an up-close viewing of the magnificent Great Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and of course the mighty Horseshoe Falls. You can board from either the USA or Canada.

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p.s. Special Notice! There are now two separate operators for the boat ride below the falls: In Canada the operator is “Hornblower Niagara Cruises" (red poncho), board from Queen Victoria Park near the base of Clifton Hill.

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In New York the operator is the “Maid of the Mist Boat Company" (blue poncho), board from the base of the Observation Tower at Prospect Point. graduation trip (2014) 231p.s. Observation Tower – This 230-foot overlook provides the only U.S. location to view both the American and Horseshoe Falls.

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Niagara Falls—背景篇 2014/06/23 ~ 2014/06/24

Niagara Falls is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge, 17 miles from Buffalo, NY, and 75 miles from Toronto.

p.s. 尼加拉瀑布(“Niagara Falls"一詞,源自於印第安語,意為「雷神之水Thunder of Waters」)、伊瓜蘇瀑布(Iguazu Falls,位於巴西和阿根廷邊界,實為一組瀑布群,由275股大小瀑布或急流組成)、維多利亞瀑布(Victoria Falls,位於非洲贊比西河的中游,尚比亞與辛巴威之間)並稱為世界三大跨國瀑布。

From largest to smallest, the three waterfalls are the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Approximately 90% of the Niagara River, after diversions for hydropower generation, flows over Horseshoe Falls. The remaining 10% flows over the American Falls. This accounts for 75,750 gallons of water per second over the American and Bridal Veil Falls and 681,750 gallons per second over the Horseshoe Falls.

Panoramic_View_of_Niagara_FallsAmerican Falls (between Prospect Point and Luna Island) far left                                              Bridal Veil Falls (between Luna Island and Goat Island) mid left                                                 Canadian Falls (between Goat Island and Table Rock) right                                                         (http://www.niagarafallslive.com/)

Horseshoe Falls

graduation trip (2014) 195-2Horseshoe Falls, also known as the Canadian Falls, is located between Terrapin Point on Goat Island in New York State, and Table Rock on the Ontario side of the falls (mostly on the Canadian side). The Horseshoe Falls drops an average of 57 metres (188 ft.) into the Lower Niagara River with the crest line approximately 670 metres (2,200 ft.) wide.

Bridal Veil Falls

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graduation trip (2014) 229Bridal Veil Falls (far right) is also known as the Luna Falls or Iris Falls. With a crest of 15 meters (50 ft.) wide, Bridal Veil Falls is the smallest of the 3 waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. Luna Island separates it from the American Falls and Goat Island separates it from the Horseshoe Falls.

American Falls

graduation trip (2014) 229-1 American Falls is also known as the Rainbow Falls. Unlike Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls is completely located in New York. The crest line of the American Falls is approximately 260 metres (850 ft.) wide. The height of the American Falls ranges between 21 to 34 metres (70 to 110 ft.). This measurement is taken from the top of the Falls to the top of the rock pile at the base, called the talus (broken rock ) slope.

p.s. There are two ways to experience Niagara Falls: the American way, and the Canadian way.niagarafalls

The American way involves visiting Niagara Falls State Park, an area that’s quite literally in the middle of the falls, and devoid of commercial development.graduation trip (2014) 664

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. 2014/06/22

graduation trip (2014) 602從Chicago出發的I-94路上,每隔幾個小鎮就會看到Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.的招牌(以往不都是Danny’s嗎?),終於忍不住好奇,下交流道瞧瞧。

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車一進停車場,就看到這不知啥名的鳥家族,悠悠的從車前走過,真是令人心情大好!

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. is an American chain of combined restaurant and gift stores with a Southern country theme. The company was founded in 1969 by Dan Evins, a sales representative for Shell Oil, who developed the restaurant and gift store concept initially as a plan to improve gasoline sales. The first restaurant opened in September 19, 1969 was built close to Interstate 40, in Lebanon, Tennessee, which remains the company headquarters. The chain’s stores were at first positioned near highway exits in the Southeastern and Midwestern US, but it expanded across the country during the 1990s and 2000s. And today, there are over 600 stores in 42 states, all owned by a company that has no plans for franchising so that they can maintain the consistency.(http://www.crackerbarrel.com/)

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Each restaurant features a front porch lined with wooden rocking chairs, a stone fireplace, and artifacts from the local area.

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graduation trip (2014) 584Breakfast is served all day, and there are two menus: one for breakfast, the other for lunch and dinner.

graduation trip (2014) 590夏日限定—Campfire Chicken is slow-cooked with whole-cut carrots, corn on the cob, red skin potato.

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Cracker Barrel’s menu is based on traditional Southern cuisine, with appearance and decor designed to resemble an old-fashioned general store.

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graduation trip (2014) 595你是屬於哪一個世代?

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.正如Dan Evins所期許般:folks traveling on the big new highways might appreciate a clean, comfortable, relaxed place to stop in for a good meal and some shopping that would offer up unique gifts and self-indulgences, many reminiscent of America’s country heritage.

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Road Trip: Chicago to Niagara Falls via Lake Erie Circle Tour 2014/06/22 – 2014/06/25

這是一條多年前,受邀與同學分攤旅費的慘痛旅程,造成的影響是至今不輕易與人共遊;哪知兒子的畢業旅行,什麼不選,偏挑上尼加拉瓜瀑布—或許老天真的慈悲,讓我舊地重遊,以洗當初的彆腳狼狽吧!

greatlakesmap(via mapquest)

p.s. Lake Erie is the eleventh largest lake in the world (by surface area), and the fourth largest of the Great Lakes in surface area and the smallest by volume.

06/22—Chicago (IL)出發,走I-94途經Detroit (MI),再由Detroit-Windsor Tunnel渡過Detroit River到Windsor (Ontario)。

graduation trip (2014) 495          graduation trip (2014) 496Chicago就像Tokyo,不管你多常造訪,它總有辦法令人眼睛一亮!

graduation trip (2014) 143Transcending (Michigan Labor Legacy Landmark)—It is located west of the entrance to Hart Plaza near the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Jefferson Avenue and was dedicated on August 30, 2003.                                                                                                           The arch rests on a circular platform which includes seven Vermont boulders all split symmetrically in two, each six feet in height; those are the work of Sergio De Giusti.              The two steel arcs—the work of David Barr—stretch 63 feet into Detroit’s sky and weigh 27 tons. They are not joined and many assume that reminds viewers of the unfinished mission of the American labor movement. However, at night, the arch is made whole by lights projecting from the two disconnected ends. (http://www.thedetroiter.com/site/laborpage.html)

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The Detroit–Windsor Tunnel is an underground highway tunnel connecting Detroit, Michigan in the United States, with Windsor, Ontario in Canada. It was formally dedicated on Saturday, November 1, 1930. President Herbert Hoover turned a “golden key" in Washington that rang bells in both Detroit and Windsor to mark the opening of the tunnel.

windsormap(http://www.dwtunnel.com/)

DetroitWindsorTunnel                                                                               The Detroit–Windsor Tunnel is approximately one mile long from portal to portal (5,160 feet/1,573 meters) with a height clearance of 13 feet 2 inches (4 meters). At its lowest point, the two-lane roadway is 75 feet (22.8 meters) below the river surface. It is the only underwater-tunnel that crosses International borders in the entire world!

graduation trip (2014) 166-1從Windsor隔著Detroit River看Detroit—很難想像這是個「破產」的城市!

06/23— Highway 401西端啟點Windsor出發,detour Toronto (Ontario),然後抵達加拿大尼加拉瓜瀑布。

graduation trip (2014) 613          graduation trip (2014) 616-1                                               The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high (1,815.5 ft) concrete communications and observation tower in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was built by Canadian National Railways and completed in 1976, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure and world’s tallest tower at the time. It held both records for 34 years until the completion of Burj Khalifa and Canton Tower in 2010. The CN Tower still remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, and a symbol of Canada. (http://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/home.html)

06/24—從加拿大跨越Rainbow Bridge來到美國境內的尼加拉瓜瀑布,中午在Buffalo (NY)午餐,改走I-90,經Erie (PA),一路到達Cleveland (Ohio)。

graduation trip (2014) 289-4Designed by architect Richard (Su Min) Lee, the Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls is an international steel arch bridge across the Niagara River gorge, and is a world-famous tourist site. Construction began in May 1940. The bridge was officially opened on November 1, 1941. It connects the cities of Niagara Falls, New York, United States (to the east), and Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (west). The total length of the bridge is 1,450 feet (440 m) with 950 feet (289.5m) span. (http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/)

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The Peace Bridge is an international bridge between Canada and the United States at the east end of Lake Erie at the source of the Niagara River, about 20 kilometres (12.4 mi) upriver of Niagara Falls. Total length 5,800 feet (1,768 m), opened at June 1, 1927, the Peace Bridge was named to commemorate 100 years of peace between the United States and Canada. It connects the City of Buffalo, New York, in the United States to the Town of Fort Erie, Ontario, in Canada. The Peace Bridge consists of five arched spans over the Niagara River and a Parker through-truss span over the Black Rock Canal on the American side of the river. (via Wikipedia)

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p.s. The Niagara River is a river that flows north from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. It forms part of the border between the Province of Ontario in Canada (on the west) and New York State in the United States. The river, which is occasionally described as a strait, is about 56 kilometres (35 mi) long and includes Niagara Falls in its course.

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graduation trip (2014) 697          graduation trip (2014) 698Lake Erie素以暴風雨聞名,果然在Cleveland讓我們見識到了!

06/25—Cleveland出發,經Toledo (Ohio),返回Chicago。

graduation trip (2014) 699掛著水晶燈的氣派Cleveland街頭!

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graduation trip (2014) 568Back to Chicago

graduation trip (2014) 141          graduation trip (2014) 142                                      Home, home sweet home!
 

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NU Ceremonies 2014/06/18~2014/06/21

兒子的大日子!

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Chicago: Restaurant Beatrix—A Refreshing Surprise 2014/06/19

Opened June 20, 2013, Restaurant Beatrix, a new concept Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises (LEYE) owns and operates in Chicago’s River North Neighborhood. Executive Partner Marc Jacobs’ vision for Beatrix was to create a comfortable meeting place (the living room of River North) for locals/travelers to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. (http://beatrixchicago.com/)

Aloft EntryBeatrix sits just off the lobby of the extremely hip Aloft Chicago City Center hotel and has its own entrance to make feel it more accessible to locals.

p.s. In addition to offering in-house dining, the restaurant also provides “Zoom Service" for the Aloft’s 272 rooms and 400+ rooms in the adjacent Hyatt Place and Fairfield Suites. “Zoom" refers to room service’s quick-service approach, which includes takeout packaging for on-the-go hotel guests with busy schedules. Staff delivers Zoom Service via pathways that lead from the kitchen to the hotel properties.

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Beatrix has a warmer look—the familiar exposed ductwork, cement floors, large concrete pillars and bare light bulbs are softened by boho touches: pops of lime green on mismatched fabric chairs, curvy light fixtures, a tangle of hanging ferns and light-colored wood trim.

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graduation trip (2014) 494In addition to the dining space, the 4,400-square-foot restaurant includes a main cocktail bar with an attached coffee bar and bakery display, a second, smaller wine bar, and a 1,400-square-foot display kitchen that is almost entirely visible to guests. A 900-square-foot area containing storage equipment and offices sits beneath the main-floor restaurant.

graduation trip (2014) 489Some lighting comes from daylight streaming through the windows bracketing two sides of the restaurant.

graduation trip (2014) 491Egg White Omelet—unexpected ingredients inside out.

As Restaurant Beatrix becomes rooted in the River North neighborhood, word is spreading about the newest dining gem to brighten the dining scene. In its brief and well-received history, this concept is redefining hotel and neighborhood dining. After one visit, guests understand that they can find great-tasting food, much of it healthful, in a warm and friendly environment.

甫開張一年的Beatrix,有著寬敞明亮的空間、供應從清晨到深夜不同的餐飲,滿足不同顧客層的需求;背後成功的經營管理,完全改觀我一向不贊同的「一 網打盡」商業行銷手法。這絕對不是間為了分擔固定成本而長時間營業的餐廳,而是非常令人耳目一新的社區餐廳,你會很希望它就開在你家旁:隨時可以進去拿杯 咖啡、喝杯現榨果汁、啜飲一杯酒;坐下來吃個早餐、買個三明治當午餐、睡不著的夜晚,還有間深夜食堂等著你…

 

 

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Chicago: Everest—Personal French Cuisine 2014/06/18

Formerly a private club for the movers and shakers of the Chicago Stock Exchange, this swanky restaurant on the 40th floor of the Exchange building is worth the oft-confusing trek through security and high-altitude ascent.

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Like the majestic mountain for which it’s named, Everest is not a restaurant to which one simply arrives. First, base camp, as it were, is in the lower-level garage. An elevator accesses the lobby, where a security guard checks your name and directs you to the elevator. Thirty-nine floors later, you transfer to the private elevator to 40, walk up the gently sloped hallway, and there you are, in an elegant, cream-toned and flower-filled bi-level dining room, beyond whose floor-to-ceiling windows the city stretches out before you.

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everest's view                                                                                      Unfortunately, we didn’t get the view like this—it was a big thunderstorm while we dined that night. (via https://www.facebook.com/EverestRestaurant?ref=ts)

everest's chef

Chef/proprietor Jean Joho’s personalized cuisine influenced by his Alsace, France origins and award-winning wine list have earned Everest international recognition. (via http://www.everestrestaurant.com/)

graduation trip (2014) 461                                                                                                         Everest is a member of Relais & Chateaux/Relais Gourmand, Le Grande Table du Monde, Traditions & Qualité, Academie Culinaire de France, and Maitre Cuisiniers de France.

graduation trip (2014) 462                                                                                                         The menu at Everest changes frequently to reflect the changing seasons and available ingredients—“I only use American ingredients because they are here; that’s where we are.”                                                                                                                                                                            Guests may order Chef Joho’s seven course degustation tasting menu ($165; $125 for the vegetarian option), a three course prix fixe for $94 or a four course (choice of two appetizers) for $120; there is also a pre-theater menu for early birds (5:30p.m. and 5:00p.m. on Saturday) at a reduced price, but fixed three course menu (no choices).

graduation trip (2014) 466 an amuse Trio

graduation trip (2014) 467 a delicate Roasted Maine Lobster in Alsace Gewurztraminer Butter and Ginger

graduation trip (2014) 468 a tasty Magret of Mulard Duck, Marinated Turnips à la Colmarienne and Cardamom

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“People still want the beautiful room, the conversation, the nice flatware and stemware," Joho says, “but they don’t want to be intimidated. So my descriptions are straightforward, so you know what you’re going to get." That is the exactly feeling I got!

 

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