Here's another female factoid of the day -- and it's good news, ladies! Women live longer than men. It's true now, it was true hundreds of years ago, and at least for me, personally - it's true with my grandparents. Here's why...scientists in Japan found that men's bodies produce fewer T-cells and B-cells than women as they get older. T-cells protect us from infections, and B-cells produce antibodies. And it suggests that the female body is designed to last a little longer than the male body. The male body just starts breaking down sooner and becomes more prone to diseases than the female body. In the U.S., the current life expectancy for a man is 75.35 years. For a woman it's 80.51 years.
Bottom line -- women live longer than men because their immune systems don't age as quickly.
Here's your fun female fact for the day. According to a new survey, four out of five women admit that they've lied to their boyfriend or husband. And as you might expect, the lies usually have something to do with the woman's past relationships. More than HALF of all women...52%...have lied to their boyfriend about how many partners they've had. 38% of women lie about why they broke up with the last guy they dated.Two thirds of women said they lie even though they know it might end up causing more arguments in the long run. The main reason is that they think it will make their boyfriend like them MORE. More than HALF of women said they'd be upset if they found out their partner lied to them and only 8% said they'd forgive him.
For more girl talk, check out: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/relationships/would-you-lie-about-number-of-past-relationships-292305.html
There's a lot of things I know about Minnesota. I grew up there - it's home. But even I haven't heard of Dorset, Minnesota. It's a TINY town in central Minnesota with only 22 residents. But this is going to get them on the map. The new mayor of Dorset is a FOUR-YEAR-OLD. His name is Robert "Bobbie" Tufts, and obviously he's the youngest mayor in the country. Dorset doesn't hold elections for mayor - they just put everyone's name in a hat and pick out the mayor for the year. And this year, Bobbie won. It's not entirely clear what his job duties are as mayor...we're guessing it's just a few public appearances and nothing else. Yes, this little tot mayor is random and very young...but it could be worse...Retha Pierce could be your mayor (oh, poor Atlantic Beach). I think this little guy has more common sense than she does...just sayin'.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to see Niagara Falls. And this week – that dream finally came true! It was more spectacular than I pictured. In fact, it's so amazing it's been named one of The Seven Natural Wonders of the World. I guess it’s true…pictures really don’t do it justice. We lucked out – it was the most beautiful New York spring day with lots of sunshine which made our tour all the more amazing. There are many ways to tour the falls, as you probably know. But we decided to “Explore the Roar” on Maid of the Mist. You get one of those iconic blue ponchos, board the double-decker boat, and go right up to the “Horseshoe” falls. The Maid of the Mist tour is a great way to experience the falls because during your boat ride in you get facts and unique stories about the area, the history and much more. I highly recommend Maid of the Mist if you’re looking to get a unique perspective. And the price is right! Tickets are about $15 per person – less than I expected. Kids 6-12 are $9. Kids 5 and under are free!
The Maid of the Mist stops in the whirpool of tides right under the falls! The power, the roar, that amazing sight literally brought a tear to my eye. It was amazing to feel the awesomeness of God in that moment. My husband and I promised to bring our (future) kids back here one day – it is a sight to be seen! And with the seasonal, non-stop flights to Niagara Falls area (that are inexpensive) on Spirit Airlines – it is a great time to get up there and do it for yourself and your family. The flight is around 2 hours from Myrtle Beach.
For more information on Maid of the Mist, visit: http://www.maidofthemist.com/en/
To see pictures of our Niagara Falls/Maid of the Mist experience, go to our WRNN Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wrnn995?ref=ts&fref=ts
On Saturday, our first day in the city, we didn’t waste any time and started sightseeing right away. The first thing we did after eating lunch (Gusto 101 – made in house pasta and pizzas) and checking in to our hotel (Le Germaine at Maple Leaf Square) we walked down to the harbor. We purchased our $7 ferry tickets and after a ten minute ride we were on the island. Once on the island, you have access to swimming, beaches, bike rentals, an amusement park…and if you’re feeling adventurous there’s even a nude beach. And come hungry because there are plenty of picnic locations if you pack a lunch and several food options as well. This place is magic during the summer months so don’t miss it!
If you want to walk off lunch head to Kensington market to tour this ethnic market – it’s an interesting feast for your eyes and senses. This multi-cultural food area is intermixed with vintage clothing and other hipster shops. Eat cheap empanadas and overpriced grilled cheese sammies. Take your camera – the graffiti on most of the buildings in this area are interesting art murals. You really only need an hour or two to explore this hippie neighborhood.
Kensington Market and Chinatown are right next to each other so you can knock both of these out the same day. Toronto’s Chinatown is like any other – hosting a number of shops, activities, restaurants and cheap spas/massages. Enjoy some crispy lemon chicken or my personal favorite, Bubble Tea. And I wish I had more room in my suitcase because I would have purchased some of the amazing herbs Chinatown sells. This cultural market area is a must see!
Named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World - the CN Tower should be at the top of your to-do tourist list while in Toronto. Opened in 1976, it stands 1,815 feet. Thankfully there’s an elevator because I wouldn’t want to take the 1,760 steps to the top (the world's longest staircase). The glass elevators reach speeds of 15 miles per hour and there are glass tiles so you can watch below as you go up. At the top, go outside to the observation deck or stay inside and stand above the glass floor (freaky)! And if you happen to be hungry - check out The 360 Restaurant – it makes for an incredible view while enjoying an upscale, fancy dinner.
The boys of summer are back at the impressive Rogers Centre (right next to CN Tower) home of the Blue Jays! It was a beautiful day when we saw the Blue Jays take on the Mariners so the retractable roof was open (roof can be fully opened or closed in 20 minutes). The stadium has 46,000 seats and hosts many events and sports games. And if there isn’t a home game during your stay you can still enjoy the views of Rogers Centre – book a room at Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel – it’s the world's only hotel located in a major league sports and entertainment venue – pretty cool views from some of those rooms.
Go to our WRNN Facebook page to see pictures from these adventures: https://www.facebook.com/wrnn995
For more information on what to do in Toronto, visit: http://www.seetorontonow.com/
I don't know where to start to describe the amazing weekend me and the hubby spent in Toronto. We did so much in the day and half we were away that I'm going to do a week-long blog on our less than two-day trip.
First, can I just say how proud I am of our new Myrtle Beach International Airport terminal? Impressive! As we were parking the car in the long-term parking lot - an attendant in a golf cart (in true Myrtle Beach fashion) offered to give us a ride to the door as it was raining. Nice touch! The brand new facility is gorgeous and easy to navigate. And the staff is friendlier than ever - what a great display of our Southern hospitality to visitors!
Our flight from Myrtle Beach to Niagara Falls was under two hours and the entire travel process was less than three hours. We landed at the equally as impressive Niagara Falls terminal (which is also brand new) and picked up our rental car. We were off! The drive to Toronto is beautiful as you coast up along Lake Ontario. If you have time - tour the wineries along the way. We did not because of time contraints - but I want to go back and try the ICE wine that the area is famous for producing.
As we entered Toronto, the city reminded me of a Chicago or Milwaukee. Very clean - great views - and BIG! I'm told that the latest census data shows Toronto is bigger than Chicago with about 2.8 million residents as of last July. And the city is growing, fast!
Three words come to mind after exploring this great city. Clean. Cultural. Cutting Edge. I will dig deeper into those words as the week unfolds.
Tomorrow...I will take you on the adventures we shared...hitting all the high notes.