Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest state park in the US

” A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its own dimensions”

Niagara Falls is a stunning stretch of clashing and colliding land and water, lying on the border of the US and Canada. Shared by the state of New York and the Province of Ontario, this gorgeous natural wonder is arguably one of the most well-known tourist destinations in North America. Niagara Falls is made up of 3 large waterfalls that generate hydroelectric power, and also give us an unbeatable background for any traveler’s photo album.  With over 28 million tourists every year making their way to these powerful waterfalls, we know it can’t just be a clean source of energy and a good view. The Falls are much more than that, with numerous activities offered from zip lining to cave explorations. Any journey to these roaring droves of water encapsulates a massive area beyond the Niagara Gorge and through the neighboring lakes and cities. Let’s take a look at some of the sights you’ll see on this journey, starting with the three formidable but stunning waterfalls. 

The view of American Falls from the Maid of the Mist – by Billy Hathorn, Wikimedia Commons

I myself visited this gorgeous national park with its magnificent waterfalls, it happened a long time ago, as far as I remember, back in 2012. I was simply amazed by it, I had never before seen such a beautiful, impressive place.

The Maid of the Mist VI, in Niagara Falls, New York  – By Saffron Blaze, Wikimedia Commons)

Indeed, in the middle of the water, on board of „The Maid of the Mist” you feel like engulfed in the midst of the mist, incapable of seeing anything. Soon it dissipates and one can admire the magnificent scenery.

Pedestrian bridge to Green Island over Niagara River near the American Falls – By Lucas Cobb, Wikimedia Commons

Prospect Point Observation Tower  – By 林高志, Wikimedia Commons



Horseshoe Falls, in Niagara Falls, Ontario  – By Thomaswm, Wikimedia Commons


Horseshoe Falls, the largest of the three, lies on the US-Canada border, mostly in Ontario. The smaller two falls as well as Goat Island and Luna Island, which separate the falls, are situated in New York. Cruise boats are operated on either side of the Niagara Gorge. The best-known tourist attraction of the Falls, the Maid of the Mist cruise is operated from the American side, while its counterpart Hornblower Cruises is available in Ontario. These cruises take you right under the falls, and many also offer tours through the islands and their attractions. 

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Horseshoe Falls at night By Dsdugan, Wikimedia Commons

American Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York – By Sixlocal, Wikimedia Commons


Moving across the border, we can approach the Falls through Queen Victoria Park, which offers paths through observation rooms that give you a dreamlike view of the two larger falls. For the avid hiker and history buff, the Niagara River Recreational Trail is a must-try 35-mile adventure, peppered historical treasures, and towns like Fort George and Fort Erie. Of course, the cream of the crop is the Skylon towers, the highest vantage point any traveler can get of the falls.

Niagara Falls is currently being reopened in phases to maintain safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re planning to make the trip, make sure to reach out to Niagara Falls USA and Niagara Falls Canada to determine the precautions and procedures in place for visiting so you can enjoy your travels with absolute safety!  If you liked this article, why not share it?

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Cristina David

Confucius – Wise Sayings

Cofucius lived in China a long time ago, (551 bce – 479bce) and was China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, whose ideas have profoundly influenced the civilizations of China and other East Asian countries. The philosophy of Confucius, also known as Confucianism, emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, kindness, and sincerity.

Confucius is widely considered as one of the most important and influential individuals in human history. His teaching and philosophy greatly impacted people around the world and remain influential today.

His teachings , if understood, and learned, could change the way we see life and therefore they are worth reading and remembering.

Here are just a few quotes containing some of Confucius’ great philosophical ideas about life.

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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

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To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

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When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.

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To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.

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Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

One quote that I particularly like:

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It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

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Cristina David




The Sea Secrets

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.     

Jacques Yves Cousteau

Have you ever wondered why the sea has such a magnetic attraction to us?

Its infinity attracts us, our souls dream of boundlessness because they are part of the endless universe.

Looking for hours at the waves and listening to their enchanting, ceaseless, rythmic song we might get a glimpse of ETERNITY.

Cristina David

Helen Keller – an Inspirational Author, a Profoundly Powerful Woman

Helen Keller was born to a large affluent family in Tuscumbia, Alabama, in 1880 and lived with her parents and four siblings on their historic homestead, Ivy Green. On her mother’s side, she was related to a number of prominent New England families. Helen’s father, Arthur Keller, was a captain in the Confederate army. The family lost most of its wealth during the Civil War and lived modestly. At the age of 19 months, Helen became deaf and blind as a result of an unknown illness, perhaps rubella or scarlet fever. As Helen grew from infancy into childhood, she became wild and unruly. She was initially able to communicate only with the young daughter of the family’s cook using signs, and within the next few years, she discovered more than 60 home signs she used to communicate with her family. She could even determine who was approaching by distinguishing between the vibrations of people’s footsteps. 

As she so often remarked as an adult, her life changed on March 3, 1887. On that day, Anne Mansfield Sullivan (a visually impaired woman herself) came to Tuscumbia to be her teacher, especially to teach her how to communicate. She was just 14 years older than her pupil Helen, and she too suffered from serious vision problems. Anne underwent many botched operations at a young age before her sight was partially restored. Though the process was slow and frustrating for young Helen, she eventually became determined to learn the name of every item in this world that had previously escaped her. A whole new world had opened up for her, and though she had remained isolated for the initial years of her life, she maintained her connection to the beauty offered by music and books. At age 24, Helen became the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. 

Helen’s pursuit of goodness and greatness was unfaltering, and over the years, she learned to communicate using the spoken word by observing and imitating the mouth movements of others. She went on to write numerous books, autobiographical and other, as well as give lectures and speeches on her life and overcoming seemingly impossible difficulties.

During seven trips between 1946 and 1957, she visited 35 countries on five continents. She met with world leaders such as Winston Churchill, Jawaharlal Nehru, and Golda Meir. She became a celebrity, therefore.

She was a suffragist, an advocate for people with disabilities, a political activist, and a profoundly powerful woman. Her words have been the result of a long and strenuous but ultimately victorious battle that reminds us that we should always have hope and always keep fighting! 

I will post here a few of her renowned motivational sayings that might be helpful to many of us.

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope.” 

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” 

“When all you can feel are the shadows, turn your face towards the sun.”

“Each day comes to me with both hands full of possibilities.”  

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.”

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” 

I wish you to overcome all the obstacles in your life the way Helen did, with so much determination, undeterred by her disabilities!

Cristina David

Beautiful Quotes to Cultivate Gratitude in Life

In tough times like these, we can often get caught up in our everyday struggles and succumb to the barrage of bad news, so much so that bad thoughts and negativity can start dominating our lives and cause anxiety and heartbreak. That is when, as we feel, it’s extremely important to count our blessings, whatever those may be – the beautiful people we’re surrounded with, the precious little joys of life, our connection to nature and others, our health, the list goes on, and on, and on… Let’s garner all of these priceless things and remind ourselves of the beauty of life and how fortunate we are to be right here, right now, by reading through some of the wisest and deepest quotes on gratitude ever uttered! They become motivational quotes for us to follow as advice, and to go on with our lives in a hopeful manner.

” Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

„Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop

„Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

” Appreciation can make a day, even change a life. Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.” -Margaret Cousins

,,Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes , of which all men have some.” – Charles Dickens

There are some issues we have to meditate on, I am convinced that by memorizing these wise quotes that belong to intelligent and thoughtful people that are known to us from our reading, we will eventually come to put into practice these helpful and considerate thoughts.

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I wish you all to stay healthy and safe!

Cristina David