Quebec, Canada   4 comments

Quebec, Canada

Aug. 20 – 23, 2013

DSC00681

What a delightful little trip we had to Quebec, Canada.  We each had a $500 flight voucher because of a flight from hell.  So, after very little contemplation we decided to go see what Quebec looks like.  We have always heard that “The Old City” both upper and lower town is beautiful.  And indeed we found that to be true.   

Map picture

 

Quebec is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec and is located along the St. Lawrence River (Seaway).  A high stone wall surrounds the historic Upper Town portion of the Old City.  The Plains of Abraham and the Citadelle are located near the edge of the promontory.  Lower Town is located at shore level.  Most of the historic sites are within the city wall of Haute-Ville (Upper Town) and Basse-Ville (Lower Town). 


 

Hotel Louisbourg: The first photo is looking down the street towards our hotel, the second photo shows the green shuttered building of “Hotel Louisbourg”. The hotel is in a building from the early 19th century, is recently renovated, and located on Louisbourg Street in the heart of Old Quebec, Upper Town. I booked our hotel on-line using the hotel website. Was very pleased with the quaint little hotel, and it’s in easy walking distance to everything in the historic area.

DSC01571DSC01442


Anciens Canadiens Restaurant:  It is located in one of the oldest buildings in Quebec having being built in 1675-1676.  We arrived in Quebec in the early afternoon and didn’t waste anytime checking into our hotel and walking down the street to this nice restaurant to take advantage of the lunch special prices.  Our lunch was delightful and included the area specialty of meat pie, pea soup and hot maple pie.  Oh yes, it’s listed in the “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” book. 

DSC01448DSC01446DSC00589DSC00591


Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac:   The chateau style hotel, is reportedly one of the most photographed hotel in the world.  It was built for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, and opened in 1893 to house railroad passengers and encourage tourism. It’s commanding position is atop Cap Diamant, the rock bluff that once provided military defense. 

DSC01455DSC01456


The Champlain Monument:  Located next to the Chateau Frontenac Hotel.  Bleachers were set up near it and street acts were happening all afternoon and evening.  We enjoyed watching all the fun things. 

DSC00595DSC01669DSC00606DSC01485


The Governor’s Promenade/Terrasse Dufferin:  Located on the river side of the Chateau Frontenac Hotel is an elevated boardwalk along the cliff that overlooks the Lower Town and the St. Lawrence River.  The area is complete with lots and lots of park benches and you can people watch or look through the wrought-iron fence at the lower town and the river.  Thus ended our first day in Quebec.  

DSC00596DSC00598DSC00597DSC00608DSC01604DSC01605


I had purchased Frommer’s “Montreal & Quebec City” travel book and we decided to follow the walking tour as outlined in the book.  On Wednesday we did the Upper Town ( Haute-Ville) and Thursday we did the Lower Town (Basse-Ville & Vieux-Port).  Since it is such an easy walking town we actually completed the tour and saw everything listed.  It was a very enjoyable because we casually strolled along and tried out many park benches and stopped for refreshments along the way. 

………………………………………………………………………………………………

Upper Town (Vieux-Quebec: Haute-Ville)

Changing of the Guards, La Citadelle:  The star-shaped fortress keeps watch from a commanding position on a grassy plateau 354 feet above the banks of the St. Lawrence.  It’s the home of the French-speaking Royal 22e Regiment, and is North America’s largest fortified group of buildings still occupied by troops.     The Changing of the Guard ceremony is an elaborate 45 minute choreographed ceremony inspired by the Changing of the Royal Guard in London.  It’s included in the regular admission fee. 

DSC01527DSC01497DSC01508 DSC00616DSC01529


The Citadelle:  The duke of Wellington had this partially star-shaped fortress built at the south end of the city walls in anticipation of renewed American attacks after the War of 1812.  Dug into the Plains of Abraham high above Cape Diamant, the fort has a low profile that keeps it all but invisible until walkers are actually upon it.  The facility has never actually exchanged fire with an invader. 

DSC00610DSC01533DSC00624DSC01552DSC01558DSC00634


Ramparts of Quebec City are the only remaining fortified city walls in North America north of Mexico. The English began fortifying the existing walls, after they took Quebec City from the French in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759.

DSC01487DSC01475


Hotel du Parlement:  The Quebecois Parliament Building is in this Second Empire chateau constructed in 1886.  The water fountain is located in front of the building. 

DSC01675DSC00690


After a little refreshment it was time to continue on with our Frommer’s walking tour of the Upper Town.  Back to my favorite area (The Promenade).  The Obelisk Monument is by the Promenade and in the park next to the Chateau Frontenac Hotel.  If is dedicated to both generals who died when the French were defeated and the English took over Quebec. 

DSC01572DSC01457DSC01452DSC01670


A couple old buildings in Quebec.  Maison Jacquet (red roof) dates back to 1677 and now houses our favorite little restaurant that we enjoyed the day before.  Maison Maillou (stone building with metal shutters) dates back to 1736 and was built as an elegant luxury home and later served as headquarters of militias and armies. 

 

DSC01578DSC01579


Place d’Armes: A pretty plaza across the street from Chateau Frontenac Hotel.  All over the Old Town are lots of park benches, and we tried out several of them.  They fit pretty well. 

DSC01580DSC01581


Rue du Tresor:  Artists hang their prints and paintings on both sides of the walkway. 

DSC01458DSC01459


 

Basilique Notre-Dame:  The basilica’s golden interior is ornate.  Many artworks remain from the time of the French regime.  The basilica dates back to 1647 and has suffered a history of bombardment and reconstruction.

DSC01590DSC01585DSC01584DSC01586


Seminaire de Quebec:  Founded in 1663 By North America’s first bishop, this seminary had grown into Laval University by 1852.

DSC01587DSC01588


After a nice dinner it was time to go to some more fun street entertainment. 

DSC01595DSC01603


Lower Town of Basse-Ville & Vieux-Port:   Our third day in Quebec and it’s time to continue on with Frommer’s Walking Tour down to the lower town of the old city. 

…………………………………………………………………………

We went down the stairs located near the Funicular on the Boardwalk.  Down, down we did go but it was pleasant because the stairs staggered through different areas, so you could enjoy the unfolding scene.

DSC01607DSC01613DSC01610DSC01617


The buildings in lower town were charming and there were beautiful flowers here, there and everywhere.

DSC01619DSC01622DSC01624DSC01626DSC01629DSC00658


As we strolled along how could we not enjoy these lovely scenes?

DSC01620DSC01627DSC01623DSC01625DSC01631DSC01633


Merrily we stroll along…….

DSC00660DSC01636DSC01632DSC01635DSC00669


Place-Royale:  This small but picturesque plaza is considered to be the birthplace of French America.  It was the town marketplace, and the center of business and industry. 

DSC01642DSC01641DSC01638DSC01643


Eglise Notre-Dame-des-Victoires:  This church dominates the plaza. It’s Quebec’s oldest stone church, built in 1688.  Its paintings, altar and large model boat suspended from the ceiling were votive offerings brought by early settlers to ensure safe voyages. 

DSC01639DSC01644DSC01645DSC01646


Mural of Streets & Houses:   Depictions of citizens from the earliest colonial days to the present.  It was a fun place to stand among the characters in the mural and have a photo taken. 

DSC01653DSC01649DSC01654DSC00664


We toured the Museum of Civilization, but by reading all the wonderful comments about it, I think we must have missed something.  It was okay.  After that we continued on a long walk along the waterfront. 

DSC00673DSC00677


 Well, we didn’t walk back up to the Upper Town, we took the Funicular.

DSC00678DSC01666


 

An absolutely delightful three days in Quebec, Canada.  Try it sometime, I bet you’d enjoy it!

 Fly, fly away home!

DSC01439DSC01688



Posted August 31, 2013 by marilynfarmer in Travel

4 responses to “Quebec, Canada

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. Wonderful pictures, as usual. I have not been to Quebec City for many years and your pictures bring back many fond memories. Since Quebec City is within an easy day’s drive from my summer home, I may drive up to visit it again.
    Did you have any problems with your English there? My summer home is in a resort area in Maine where many Quebecois come to visit. They mainly only speak French unless they need or want something, then they speak perfect English.
    Thanks again for sharing your pictures.

    • Thank you Frank. Yes, I think you should go back and take another look at Quebec. Actually everyone was very friendly and the fact that we don’t speak French was never a problem.

  2. Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing. I think we met in Sicily, or was it Spain………..back in 2008 and 2010. I love to follow your posts. Dottie Donovan marilynfarmer posted: “Quebec, Canada Aug. 20 – 23, 2013 What a delightful little trip we had to Quebec, Canada. We each had a $500 flight voucher because of a flight from hell. So, after very little contemplation we decided to go see what Quebec looks like. We have “

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: