Niagara Falls

Summertime is great for taking long vaca weekends.

For our 26th Anniversary we did just that! (Wow! 26 fantastic years!! I’ll say it again…I am not that old!!)

We spend soooo much time together in normal day to day life (yay!), but for me it is an extra treat to get him all to myself…away from computers, phones, work…you know life.  So for 4 days there was just him and me…

….and Niagara Falls!!!


What a lovely place to visit.  The scenery was amazing, and the Canadian people are the nicest in the world (Even though they ribbed us endlessly for being Flyers Fans)!!

The weather was beautiful.  The skies crystal clear...the mist created "rain" in this 200 foot area.  So of course, when it rains...Soak it in!!!

The weather was beautiful. The skies crystal clear…the mist created “rain” in this 200 foot area. So of course, when it rains…Jump in the Puddles and Soak it in!!!

We spent a day exploring the falls.  We walked up and down the brick paths lining the falls enjoying the scenery, and got very, very wet from the never ending mist coming off the falls….of course much to my mans dismay, I had to splash in the puddles!  The boat ride going up to the falls was so much fun….as long as you don’t mind getting drenched – which I am so glad I don’t.


I think I have finally conquered my fear of heights!  We went to the top of Skylon.  I have to admit as we drove up to the Skylon and I looked up I told Larry that I didn’t think I could do it.  I was afraid I would be reduced to a blubbering mess in the elevator on the way up and that I would faint once I got to the top.  I contemplated waiting at the bottom while he went up. But I really didn’t want to miss out. Larry held me tight as I buried my face in his shoulder for the 2 minutes it took to get to the top.  I stepped off the elevator and was blown away by the gorgeous view.  Such an awesome view of the falls (US and Canadian), Toronto and Buffalo, and 8,000 square miles of Canada and the US.  I loved it and wasn’t really scared at all, in fact, I rode the elevator down while looking out the whole time!!!  Amazing!!


If you ever go to the Niagara area, don’t miss the Butterfly Conservatory!!  There are over 2,000 butterflies fluttering all around and even land on your body as you walk through the conservatory.  I was able to take soooo many pictures of a variety of butterflies that I hope to use as reference photos for future paintings.


We walked around Niagara on the Lake is a quaint little town full of shops brimming with flower baskets, flowers tucked in every spare space, and charming homes lining the streets.  We went off the main street and explored the neighborhood.  Each home was cuter than the next, overflowing with gardens and flowers.  We talked with the locals (they couldn’t have been nicer), pet and threw a balls for local dogs (Of course I did!), and visited art galleries.  Niagara on the Lake reminded us so much of home….it could have been a sister town to Doylestown!

whirlpool photo

The Canadians really know how to do parks and nature and conservation in general.  Next time we visit, we will be sure to hike Niagara Glen, and I know we won’t miss hiking down to the Whirlpool.

Now I am home….fresh and full of inspiration to take into the studio!



6 Responses to Niagara Falls

  1. Kim says:

    Hi Joanne! It was nice to just “meet” you. Your work is gorgeous! And I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip. We were just biking around Niagara-on-the-Lake today! I love the shots of your studio. Especially all those pastels ; )
    take care,

  2. WOW! What a great space. Love all the organization. Super!

  3. Marla says:

    What a fantastic studio! Neat AND pretty. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  4. Sea Dean says:

    I`m awestruck by your neatness and organization. You can come to my place any time. I hope it will rub off.

  5. Carol Schiff says:

    May I live in your studio? Seriously, you have a fantastic place to create….full of energy and very, very organized. Love it!

    • jsgrant01 says:


      Thanks Carol for your great comments about my little studio…I love it here and I would love to have your company. If your ever in southeast Pa give me a shout out!!

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