The Kingdom of Birds

It was about 7:15 when I woke up on Saturday morning, and I was SO excited! The sun was just starting to rise, my overnight oats were in the fridge, and my friends and I would be off to see Niagara falls in just 45 minutes!

Wee! These overnight oats were yogurt-less because I ran out of yogurt, and were made with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, cinnamon, flax, and chia seeds. Topped with a chopped kiwi and lots of homemade coconut-maple granola. It was great! I can’t wait to share the granola recipe with you. I made three cups of granola the other day and we’re down to about one cup now :O

The ride was long and I kept feeling sleepy, but thankfully my friends were ready to talk talk talk.

We were so excited!

Tickets were purchased and the gift shop was browsed.

And this! Isn’t it spectacular?! Magnificent? Glorious? I can’t think of any more words, but the falls were simply so majestic and wonderful to watch. The pictures don’t seem to do it justice – you need to BE there, feeling the mist on your face and listening to the thunder-like sound of the water.

I took lots of selfies, of course, but about 0.1% turned out decent enough for the blog.

We purchased tickets for “Journey Under the Falls”, which meant we could explore the underground tunnels and take a peek at the waterfall from underneath. The cold tunnels reminded me a little of the Catacombs in Paris, sans skeletons.

We actually came out of one tunnel before going back after a little while for a couple more photos. πŸ™‚

This is my friend Maddy! This girl is AMAZING. I can’t even begin to tell you about how talented/smart/thoughtful she is, or how many incredible things she’s done for the community. And she’s also one of the nicest people I know!

Sue Zanne (cool name!) lives in the Village 1 residence with Maddy. It was my first time meeting her, and we had a great time talking about all the Malaysian goodies she enjoyed back home before moving to Waterloo.

We had a fun photoshoot. πŸ™‚ We hit the weather jackpot on this day – 10 degrees (basically summer in Waterloo world).

Then, after more gift-shop browsing, we were off to lunch! Paris Crepes Cafe had great reviews in the area.

The place was cozy and very, very French.

All three of us ordered different crepes:

  • Maddy – La Gourmande (brie, bacon, no tomato)
  • Sue Zanne – La Savoyarde (tomato, egg, proscuitto, swiss cheese)
  • Me – Le Soud-Ouest (duck confit, onion jam, swiss cheese, egg)

Mine was great and reminded me of the crepe I had from Creperie Framboise in Paris. Someone tell me why I love French food so freaking much?!

Desserts were quite varied as well!

Maddy enjoyed one with tons of fruit and Nutella, I savoured a hazelnut-almond praline crepe with praline ice cream and whipped cream, and Sue Zanne loved her espresso chocolate crepe. All the dessert crepes were made fresh and topped with cool, sweet toppings.

Then we went to the Bird Kingdom! The funny thing was that our parking slip got lodged in between the dashboard and the window with the time and date peeking out from a little hole just perfectly. I had to take a photo for you guys! How lucky are we? I wrote a little note for security so we wouldn’t get towed and stranded in Niagara!

Maybe I’ll drop the whole blogger-yoga teacher-dietitianΒ thing and become a worker at the Bird Kingdom. πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though, this place is incredible.

I could stay here for hours and hours and look at all of these amazing animals. My favourite picture is the one of the lizard!

You know, I thought fish were my favourite animals to watch, but birds are equally fascinating. They all have such unique behaviours.

I wouldn’t want to have birds for a pet, though, but it sure is nice to walk in an aviary. (Did I even use that word correctly?!). Seline, if you are reading this, check out their beaks/bills and try to figure out what they eat in relation to the size and structure of their beaks. It is important to be able to identify the diet of certain birds by analyzing their beaks – Evolution chapter in Biology 11!

The colours were unbelievable. I never thought I would ever get so close to such amazing creatures. They were straight out of a fantasy novel!

99% of the birds were more photogenic than I will ever be. Especially this beauty! Oh my goodness – check out its natural colour!

And the ride there (I think I mentioned earlier) was an hour and forty-five minutes. The ride back was a little longer and we drove during the sunset, which was nice. I was pretty exhausted so it was great to sit down and rest for a while! The ride back was a little longer because of traffic and everything.

Whew! What a cool day. IΒ can’t wait to go on more little day-long adventures like this one. πŸ™‚

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

19 thoughts on “The Kingdom of Birds

  1. I have never been to Niagara falls, but it is on my list! How long of a trip was it? Does that mean you are relatively close to the border? I have zero knowledge of Canada geography.
    Now I need to find a crepe place!

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    1. From Waterloo to Niagara, it was about an hour and fifty minutes. We were essentially driving right up to the border and I could see it just a couple blocks away!
      Don’t worry, my knowledge of American geography is nada πŸ™‚

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  2. What a beautiful exhibit! Those birds are so gorgeous, and it must have been so cool to get so close to them! I love French food as well but I have to find really good places around me–my family and I don’t have it often! The crepes sound delicious! πŸ˜€
    I love these posts where you take us in an exciting part of your day along with the food, of course! Great way to get to know you and to discover new recipe ideas!

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    1. I think you need to go back to Paris and have a little more Laduree πŸ˜‰ Your Paris tips were the best! Oh man, crepes are always good (unless homemade… by me LOL)
      Thanks so much! That really means a lot πŸ™‚

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  3. Crepes and pretty birds … fun, even if it looks like it was COLD outside.

    I’ve been under the falls into those tunnels. It was a long time ago and based on my faint memories, I don’t think it was THAT much fun. πŸ™‚

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  4. Wow , I am glad you had a good time in Niigata fall. And of course nice meal was important. Big thanks to your friend Maddy for driving you girls. And also the amazing birds and creatures. They are adorable. University life is really interesting. Remember to ” Studying hard and playing hard”!

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