Quebec City

On a whim we decided to visit Quebec City, a Unesco World Heritage Site. The architecture, the cobblestone streets, and the surrounding ramparts give this city on the hill a distinctive European charm, even on a very rainy day.

A boat ride on the St. Lawrence River, narrated perfectly in both French and English, provided wonderful perspectives about the people, their history, and this place they call home. Dominating the skyline is the Chateau Frontenac, a hotel that has been in operation since 1883.

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The turnaround point for the boat was near Montmorency Falls. At 272 feet, this waterfall is 99 feet taller than Niagara Falls.

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We spent the next day at The Plains of Abraham outside the city walls, where gardens, museums, and historical sites are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Our visit to the Joan of Arc Garden found artists and children sharing this space that’s flanked by rows of beautiful Elm trees.

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The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec offered a contemporary face, as well as a traditional one, both inside and out.

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This rooftop sculpture blended perfectly with the neighboring spires.

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In case all this may entice you to consider moving here, just remember that the average winter temperature is 0ºF, and snowfall is around 150 inches.  It’s so cold that the river freezes all the way to Montreal, and icebreakers like the one below are used to keep the passage open.

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7 thoughts on “Quebec City

  1. I’ve been waiting for your report on Poutine, the dish that the people of Quebec rave about. Did I miss it? Surely you were enticed to try Poutine! We’ve been in New Orleans for a week and did not see Poutine on any of the wonderful menus. But in Quebec it must be on every menu!

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  2. Kindle lots of precious memories with this blog.
    Dave and I stayed in Chateu Frontenac when I was pregnant with our first.
    Our “room with a veiw”overlooked the kitchen delivery entrance,but still had a glimpse of St Lawrence.The restaurant was quite elegant. We always had a culinary memory of clear turtle
    soup that still makes my mouth water.
    It is a beautiful city.
    Love your photos,
    It was about this time of year when we visited about 30 years ago and I recall it being very cold,but
    beautiful.

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