Vive Quebec City…One of Our Favorites

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The View of Old Quebec from the Citadel

Set high above the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City started as a fur trading port early in the 1600’s.  Today, it has to be one of the world’s most beautiful cities. At least we would vote it one of the top places we have visited. After a quiet week in rural Lac St. Jean we were ready for civilization, and maybe some good French cooking. Once again we found an RV park well outside the City limits. Unlike in Montreal,  the campground didn’t offer a shuttle, but we were near the Aquarium where we could park and catch a bus into the heart of the city anytime we wanted.

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Lower Town

The shops of Lower Town

The Quebec City had so much history to soak up: architectural, military, economic and religious. There were museums, churches and  galleries galore. Something for everyone. We loved Lower Town, a neighborhood in Old Quebec consisting of narrow, pedestrian only, cobblestoned streets, lined with shops and cafes. Here we also explored the old port as well as Place Royale, a small square of  18th century homes that used to belong to wealthy merchants. Looking up, Le Chateau Frontenac, the famous hotel with its many turrets and gables, dominated the landscape. Hubby remembered staying there with his parents when he was younger. Of course, what he remembered most were the French maids dressed in those stereotypical little black dresses, white aprons and small caps. He was 13, what can I say?

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From Lower City Chateau Frontenac Dominates

Promenade

The Promenade along the wall in the Upper Town

To get to the Upper Town we could climb “Breakneck Stairs” or take the Funicular. We opted for the stairs since the small, packed cars of the Funicular didn’t appeal to my mild claustrophobia. Once up there we strolled along the promenade, Terrasse Duferin, enjoying the views of the river, the street performers in Governor’s Park and the people watching. The Citadel, a fort built to protect the harbor, is the City’s highest point, consists of 25 buildings and is still used today. It offered spectacular views of the city, the St. Lawerence and beyond. Hubby and I kept trying to figure out how the French got defeated here by the British in the War of 1812. It seemed if you commanded this high ground it would be tough for someone to sneak up on you.

Upper Town

We stopped for drinks at side walk cafes and had several great meals. A lunch of cod in lemon butter and some mussels and frites at Restaurant Gambrinus was memorable, as was a fine dinner at Marie Clarisse,  a well recommended (best in Quebec according to the tour book) seafood restaurant. Quebec City was a feast for the stomach, as well as a feast for the eyes. There is not room for all the photos. All we could say was Vive Quebec City. We’ll be back.

Trompe l’oeil art on a building in Lower Town

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About JudithC99

Wanderer. Writer. Artist. Photographer. Learner. Traveler of the Red Roads

9 comments

  1. I have not been into the city since the mid 70’s to play. You make me want to go get my passport 🙂

    Was wondering if you were OK after nasty weather blew through the area of NH where you were staying. Hope all is well in your world

  2. Wow, I have not had a chance to visit that area yet, will be on my list of places to visit 🙂
    Safe travels to you!!!

  3. Terri DeVore

    Wow what gorgeous pics!!

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