Niagara Falls, Canada-United States border

Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls located on the Niagara River that connects Lake Erie with Lake Ontario in eastern North America on the Canada-United States border. They are the Canadian Falls or Horseshoe, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil. They are known for their width but they are not high, they fall from a height of 52 meters. They are shared by the twin cities of Niagara Falls (New York) in the United States and Niagara Falls (Ontario) in Canada which are connected by three bridges (Rainbow Bridge, Whirpool Rapids and Lewinston Queenston Bridge). The largest Canadian falls are about 792 meters long and the American ones are only 323 meters long. The flow of falls during the high season is 5.720 m3 / s. Water has a diversion for hydroelectric production. The most powerful hydroelectric plants on the Niagara are Sir Adam Beck 1 and 2 on the Canadian side and the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant and the Levingston Pump Generating Plant on the American side. They receive a lot of tourism especially in summer and there are spotlights that illuminate both sides of the falls from dusk to midnight.

Tips

If you visit the falls in summer, you will find several activities to do. On the American side you have hiking trails, an observation tower or the Niagara Scenic Trolley which offers guided tours. On the Canadian side, you have Queen Victoria Park with gardens and terraces that offer views of the American Falls and the Horseshoe; there is also an underground path that leads you into observation rooms that give the illusion of being inside the falls themselves. You also have the observation point of Skylon Tower.

Maid of the Mist cruises will take you into the whirlpools behind the falls and the cable cars will transport you over the whirlpool behind the falls on the Canadian side.

There are also two zip lines.

On the Canadian side, you’ll find lots of shops and a lively nightlife until late as many hotels for every budget.

If you want to have a great meal all you can eat, you can go to the Casino on the Canadian side; it’s worth it.

De los Charcones Square, Navalcarnero, Madrid, Spain

De los Charcones Square is located in Navalcarnero, Madrid, Spain. Formerly in the rainy season, where now stands the square, large puddles were formed; ‘ Charcones ‘ in Spanish, that is why the place was baptized with that name. The place is quite spacious and apart from the use as a place of recreation, it is used as an outdoor cinema in summer. It is very close to the arena or Plaza de Toros Felix Colomo. Not far from the square, there is the Park ‘De los Charcones ‘ with an artificial lake and many green spaces.

Tips

The square is a good place to get some rest, if you visit the city on foot, there are benches to sit down but no so many trees in the shade so if the day is hot, you should better continue walking a little to rest directly in the park.

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Prado Gardens, Talavera de la Reina, Spain

Prado Gardens is a historical heritage of Talavera de la Reina surrounding the Basilica which gives them their name. We find a mixture of different European and Arab styles with a predominance of French-style garden. Its design and construction was made in 1864 but obviously there have been renovations and restorations. At the origin the Prado was the meeting place and walk around the city. We notice the Arabic and Moorish influence in the decor with the use of bricks and ceramics from Talavera; for example, in the construction of public toilets, we see that they are of Arabic origin. Among the most important monuments we find the Fountain of the frogs, the Temple of Music, the lake known as the home of ducks where we can see some cages with birds and pheasants; the monument to the mother, among others. In the park Alameda, which is an extension of the Prado Gardens, we can see artistic ceramics bridges. Ceramic is present even in banks.

Tips

In the Temple of Music there are shows during the summer.
You can go by bus from central Madrid.