We're getting to that very dreary period in Winter. All thoughts and dreams are on exotic locales and getaways. But with funds at insufficient levels, we're thinking more locally about places like Niagara Falls. It's considered somewhat of a cheesy place now with all the blinking lights and tourist traps. But many of the hotels offer spa weekend packages and I must admit to loving all that cross-border shopping. I especially like the casinos for some mindless one arm bandit fun and it's about the only place where there is the remote possibility of being asked for I.D.
This got me thinking about what a honeymoon mecca Niagara Falls was back in the 1950's and 1960's. My own mother went there after her second wedding. When I first met my friends who live abroad, one of their first questions was how far are we from the falls. What is it about this place that makes it so popular? Apparently Napoleon's brother first raved about it in the early 1800's. Since the general public loved to emulate royalty, word spread quickly that the Falls was a magical place to be.
There were many films that featured the Falls. The beautiful Marilyn Monroe starred in a movie called "Niagara" in which she played an evil woman who plots to murder her husband. Not only are real life people flocking there for their honeymoon, so are many actors playing the rolls of couples in love. It seems to be a place of intrigue, mystery, natural wonder and intimate romantic moments.
We have a milestone anniversary coming up in a few months. Maybe we'll just celebrate it a bit early and head to one of the natural wonders of the world for some majestic and icy scenery, good food, plush bedding and feel a part of a really great history still in the making.
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