Quebec – Photos Oct09

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The French speaking Quebec City has long been on my top 20 list of places to visit. Almost 10 years ago I’d seen a picture of the quaint village with a dusting of snow covering the ground and all lit up with twinkling lights and it charmed me right then and there. I had to see it for myself. The city of Quebec is quite large with over a half million residents, but Old Quebec felt very small and quaint, much like a European village. Founded in 1608, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. It’s lined by the Saint Lawrence River and the skyline is dominated by the hotel Château Frontenac. Sadly, charm was not my immediate impression on August 21st, the day we visited. It was very hot and very humid. Thereby providing us an instant glisten to our skin, which evolved into a full blown sweat in about 30 seconds. We toured the city through shops and art galleries that had their air conditioner cranked on high. We had one priority that day A/C: no A/C, no visit by us.

The square in the village

The square in the village

Inside the church on the square

Inside the church on the square

Funicular

Funiculaire

At least the streets weren't too crowded

At least the streets weren’t too crowded

Simply quaint

Simply quaint

Motivated to see the famous Château Frontenac, ok, motivated by the cold beverage waiting once we arrived, we made the trek to Upper Town, which meant we arrived shinning bright like a diamond 😉 Once refreshed, we rounded out our tour by climbing the steps to the Citadelle.

View of St. Lawrence River

View of St. Lawrence River

Château Frontenac touching the clouds

Château Frontenac touching the clouds

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Upper Town and the Fairmont in the background

Upper Town Plaza and Shopping

Mural wall

Mural wall

Close up

Close up

My friend Greg suggested we try and find some Sortilège, a Canadian whisky flavored with maple syrup liqueur. This wasn’t difficult. What proved challenging was finding a liquor store, but perseverance paid off and an hour later, we were headed home with a local liqueur. Au revoir Canada thanks for the memories!

Local regional treat

Local regional treat