Last Sunday, I soaked up the last bits of a beautiful summer day at Niagara-on-the-Lake with my friends Somya and Burke. We honestly couldn't have asked for a better day! On the way there, the trees were just stunning:
It was my first real glimpse of fall!
It's been a few years since I've been to Niagara-on-the-Lake so I was absolutely excited to be back for the day. Plus, I feel like I'm a bigger fan of the place now because I absolutely adore the artist, Trisha Romance, whose gorgeous water-colour paintings are based off of her life from living on Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Just take a look:
All Is Calm
All of her Christmas ones are especially beautiful, but this one is my favourite. I have it in the plate.
When we first arrived at Niagara-On-The-Lake, I felt like I had walked into "Trisha Romance Land" (as I had texted Brian to give him a laugh at work). I was so thrilled to be there and take in all the rustic and small town sights of the place!
I probably took one too many pictures of the famous Prince of Wales Hotel because 1) it's famous and 2) Trisha Romance did a gorgeous painting of it:
Prince of Wales
She also did a painting of the vintage Niagara Apothecary:
Inside, they've kept it as a museum. So you can see what a pharmacy used to look like!:
Next, we headed in to a little side store that was big on selling "British goods":
Some beautiful turquoise Asian jewellery:
I immediately recognized the Owl and the Pussycat store from another painting:
The Window Shopper's
I love the look of an old school book shop!:
And vintage posters:
Another painting sighting!:
I remember going into the Viking Shop on a class trip years ago!:
These three cats looked all too familiar!:
It was such a gorgeous day! We took some downtime to rest and continue admiring the beauty of it all.
Famous Canadian maple fudge :) :
The movie theatre:
How adorable is this Bed and Breakfast?:
And finally -- we made it to the Trisha Romance Gallery!
I was beyond thrilled!
We weren't allowed to take actual photographs inside, but as you can imagine, I was major "fan-girling" it! I've been such an admirer of her paintings for most of my life and been absolutely fascinated and captivated by them that it felt like I had stepped into the paintings and was walking among them. A nice treat was briefly meeting Trisha's daughter, Tanya who was helping to work the galleries that day.
She, in fact, does oil painting and also had much of her work on display in the Gallery:
I had no idea! Clearly, art talent runs in the family; they were nothing short of breathtaking. It was such a pleasure to meet her, and I feel so lucky to have run in to her. Check out Tanya's art here!
Even though we couldn't take any pictures inside the Gallery, we were allowed to take some in Trisha's backyard where many more of her paintings are based off of:
I practically had to be dragged away from the gallery. I definitely wanna visit again someday!
I recognized the park across from Trisha's house as her famous Evening Skaters picture:
We finally made it down to beautiful shore line at Queen's Royal Park:
We had such a beautiful day at Niagara-On-The-Lake! I can't wait to go back.
Before we officially left the countryside, we made a quick pit-stop to Picard's Peanuts for Burke:
And I took one last picture of a beautiful fall tree:
All rights of the paintings are subject to Trisha Romance, Tanya Jean Peterson and the Romance Collection Galleries. All opinions and language are my own.