Showing posts with label nature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label nature. Show all posts

Throwback Tuesday: Catching Clouds at Nendaz, CH

"Qu'est-ce que c'est, maman?"
What's that, Ma?
Bo, my almost 4-year-old-son (at that time) asked me.

He just heard Alphorn, the famous traditional long trumpet played by a grop of men on top of Nendaz Terrace, overlooking the Bernese, Valais, and Vaud Alps afar.
"Do you like it, Bo? That's Alphorn, Bo and we will hear more soon." I smiled to him and walked around the terrace while enjoying the breathtaking view.

Mashallah... my Rabb is a maestro indeed.

Welcome to Nendaz, Sion, Switzerland.

My Throwback Tuesday will take us to Nendaz, a beautiful city situated in canton Valais, Switzerland.

Nendaz, or also known as Les 4 Vallées, or the 4 valleys, is beautifully located in Sion, canton Valais, Switzerland 🇨🇭.

We drove around 2.5 hours from  Geneve to  Nendaz.
We wanted to see the International Alphorn Festival held that day, in a wonderful Seiss summer day. We were not pretty sure whether we could make it on time bu we went there anyway. It becomes sort of a habbit for us to drive around in Switzerland whenever we can. This country has  one of the most beautiful scenic views all over the country.
So while posted there, we took the liberty to explore it whenever time, weather and health permit.

So, long story short (after 2.5 hour drive filled with incredible view), we arrived and parked our car at the parking lot. We needed to go up and took the funiculaire or teleferique up to the top, where they held the Festival. On the way up, Bo really enjoyed the scenery, although he was a bit fidgety when the car stopped in the middle of the way.

Up there, the Festival has almost finished.

one man standing..

The International Alphorn Festival held in Nendaz is one of the biggest events celebrating the beauty of this traditional musical instrument in Switzerland. As My Switzerland website mentioned, there were approximately more than 100 players of all nationalities when they had this festival last summer. Rad, right.

Once the Festival was done, we strolled around to enjoy this beautiful spot.
We were blessed with clear blue sky and again, amazing vista.
Wherever we looked, we felt so peaceful.
And blessed.

Well, that's one of the beauties of traveling and exploring the nature, right.
You feel oh-so-relaxed while at the same time we're so grateful for having the opportunity to enjoy God's creation. 

Needless to say, Udi, Bo and I took pictures of this wonderful place.

That's my #ThrowbackTuesday at Nendaz, Switzerland.
What's your memory today?

p.s : I will keep my Throwback Tuesday features but will post it every Wednesday or Thursday :).

Thundering Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

"Ma, what is that thundering sound?", Obi was pulling my hand as we crossed the street from  the parking lot. 
"That's the Falls, dek" answered Bo, my son.
"So we will see the Falls now?  This close? Can we swim as well there ? Obi bombarded me with questions as we got closer.
No, dek. You can not! The Falls is so huge and there are millions of cubic of water falling in seconds" claimed Bo, who definitely was reading the booklet we got from the Park's officer. 
As Bo finished explaining that, we saw the source of the thundering sound.
Welcome to Horseshoe Falls, Niagara, Ontaria, Canada.


The American Falls and Bridal Veils Falls at the US side

By the time I wrote this story, I was in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, missing my munchkins, attending one of the Seminars held by the UN. I started drafting my 5-day  experience in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, when I just realized that I had another draft to finish :). Well, stopping in many cities and enjoying so many attractions along the way do provide me with endless stories and interesting notes. And here I am, bogged down with my own drafts :).

So allow me to get back to our spring break road trip.

We just arrived at Niagara Park, so ready to see the magnificent Horseshoe falls, the Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. After driving  approximately 4 hours, straight from Bon Jovi - This House is not for sale concert at Air Canada Center, Toronto (yes, I know.. I will share that as well later >_<), we arrived at around 1 AM in the morning at the hotel. Directly headed to our room, we had good sleep indeed so that we can enjoy the thundering Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the day after.

Enjoying Bon Jovi Concert in Toronto :)
Here's the short videos of one of the hits Jon sang for us in Toronto.
Lay your hands on me!

We stayed at the Oakes Hotel overlooking the Falls during our visit. 

Waking up slightly late after our extremely long day at Toronto, we promised the kids that we would enjoy that day's trip like they wanted it. But Bo et Obi were happily chatty about the Bon Jovi concert, although obviously they were not familiar with the songs at all :)).
After a hearty breakfast at Applebee's nearby, we headed directly to National Park Commission at Niagara Falls and ready to start our adventure!

The Niagara Parks Commission, Ontario, Canada

 The plans were to spend the whole day at Table Rock, the area surrounding the Falls to see Horseshoe falls, the biggest Falls with obviously the shape as the name suggested. This, together with American Falls and Bridal Veils falls in the American side, is well known as Niagara Falls. 

As I said, we asked Bo et Obi decided what to do, as they had given me and my hubby a great time watching the concert a night before. Apparently, besides ice cream lunch and swimming pool time, they both were eager to see the Falls and got on a cruise.

Table Rock is the area where you can see Horseshoe Falls from quite a close distance.
Here we can just see the Falls and take pictures for free. When we arrived, it wasn't really packed with people. But I can imagine how it will be during the peak season. 
And the weather at that time was still a bit chilly, especially as we were so close to those millions of cubic of fresh, cold water. 

Cheers from the Frakarsas :)

There are a few angles you can take as you walk along Table Rock Welcome Center from one end where you have Behind the Falls Journey attraction, to the other end where you can get on board Horn Blower, the boat taking you even closer to Falls. So do take a chance to walk along 

on our way to the Horn Blower Cruise, with Maid of the Mist, the US boat in the background

There are several choices and attractions that you can choose here.
Some of them are the Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara Furry, White Water Walk, Floral Showhouse, Butterfly Conservatory, Horn Blower Cruise, Fort Eerie and more.
You can have a package, including with WEGO Bus which will take you to those places, or you can pay the ticket separately.
The package consists of classic (CAD 56.95 per adult, CAD 36.95 per kid) , nature (CAD 56.95 per adult, CAD 36.95 per kid) and plus one (CAD 90 per adult, CAD 59 per kids).
As we didn't really plan to see everything, we only chose 2 and bought ticket separately. You can check NPC website for more accurate information.

We chose the Journey Behind the Falls, where we walked around a tunnel underneath the Falls. The ticket is CAD We saw some pictures and stories about the Falls, including one incident that happened way in the past where one visitor, a boy, fell from the boat near the Falls but he survived.

We walked under a wet tunnel, saw how it was built, and felt the thundering Falls right above our head. Some of the tunnels are closed but we do have one open which is so close to the Falls.

So close to the Falls!

Actually, there is a balcony with stunning view to the Falls, but too bad when we were there it was closed for renovation as many rocks were falling down to that balcony. Scary indeed!

As close as we can get...the balcony is right behind it.

After Journey of the Falls, we went to Horn Blower Cruise and took our chances to get closer to the Falls. We got a free poncho but even that didn't succeed in keeping us dry! It felt like you are riding in a rain with some extra strong wind as a bonus :). The tickets are CAD for adults and CAD for kids 

Get cover :)

After those two attractions and tons of photos, we went back to hotel, had late lunch, and came back when it was dark to see the light show.
We heard the light show is something you CAN NOT miss when you are in the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.

In blue...

Yes, at night, you will see Horseshoe Falls in blue, red and white hues.

Interestingly beautiful.

Red and white... just like the colors of my country's flag, Indonesia :)

On our way back home that night, we came across Niagara Falls Lock Bridge, right behind TGIF restaurant where we had our dinner.

Lock Bridge

Have you locked one? :)

If you drive, you will have to pay CAD 15 for parking while you're visiting the area.
The parking lot is spacious but I bet it will be packed during the peak season. WEGO bus is one good option and you can get the pass together with the ticket for other attractions at the welcome center.

Another thing that you use is the funicular.
It takes you down directly to Table Rock welcome center and it happens to be right behind out hotel. The Oakes. The price for one trip is CAD 2.75 per person. 

Using the funiculaire from our hotel down to the Table Rock Welcome Center.

So, I hope you find this post beneficial, especially if you plan to go to witness the thundering Niagara Falls, Ontaria, Canada . We are also visiting the one on the US side and happy to share it on the next post.
Welcome to the Falls

Enjoy Niagara Falls and till the next adventure :).

WW: Hessian Lake, Bear Mountain NY

Wonderful week we have here :)

Just had a brief stop at Hessian Lake, Bear Mountain, New York and look what we found!
Breathtaking scenery for you to enjoy.

Feels like swimming down here? Icy cold for sure :)

on the other side...

Join us on (almost) Wordless Wednesday and have a great linky party!

Up above

Amidst never-ending meetings at the UN, I sneaked out to take some fresh air and some pictures around the UN headquarter.

The mistic view from the cold temperature never failed to wow me...

Join me on Skywatch Friday and enjoy the sky from different corners of the world...

The autumn leaves....

I sincerely hope it's not too late to share the beauty of my favorite season here, autumn...fall...

7 lakes drive...

Remember the song? I keep playing it in my heart :)
As the weather became somehow friendly enough for me lately, we manage to go and enjoy nature at its best...

The autumn leaves, at the surrounding NYC...

Just one hour drive from the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleep, my family and I found peace among the autumn leaves...

The flowing water at the creeks and clear blue sky reflected on it surely refresh your body, mind and soul...  

The pristine beauty of mother nature that simply takes your breath away...

All in all, autumn is always, and will always be, my favorite season... 

Silvermine lake, NY

I sincerely hope you enjoy your autumn...wherever you are...

All photos are taken in Palisades Interstate Parks, 7 Lakes Area, NY...

WW: Misty water

"Misty water colored memories....of the way we were..."
Barbra Streisand 

Missing my homeland and its endless beauty ...

Kawah Putih, Bandung
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