|pretty peonies along the Rue Saint Laurence|
Anyway, it is one of my very favorite places in North America, and as you are thinking about your summer travel plans, I highly recommend you check it out. If you do go, don't bother renting a car. Stay within walking distance of the walled city, and you will find everything you could want to see is accessible. The Citadelle de Quebec, the Plains of Abraham, the old city and the lower city will hold your attention for your visit. And, should you like to see more, you can even venture out to the Montmorency Falls (which I never did see) across the river with the help of a ferry.
And don't miss the great little alleys filled with the work of local artists--Du Tresor is the most famous--I bought some wonderful original watercolors for myself and the family there--$12 each.
|Grey stone and Teal Trim and Black Shutter FTW. The old town is full of these charming shops.|
|(I think this statue is Joan of Arc) That is Château Frontenac, which commands the |
skyline of the walled city, and has the best view, and the best gin & tonics.
|The walled city is built high on a cliff, which the British shockingly scaled during the Battle of Quebec. Below is the oldest part of the city, including Notre Dame de Victories, the oldest church in Quebec (center spire). This is now an odd mix of tourist galleries and restaurants, and shipping industry. You get to take a funicular to get down there! Fun!|
|This is a really big gun in the Citadelle de Quebec, which looks out over the Saint Laurence River. This is a gorgeous five point fortress, and every time I go I take a tour, because it is fascinating and beautiful. It is the home of the only bi-lingual regiment in the Canadian Army, and But I will refrain from saying anything more about it, for fear that I will make a mistake and Dad will write a really long comment explaining my errors and then get frustrated when it won't post and he'll email it to me and I'll have to write a redaction on the blog.|
Oh, and here's my travel diary from the first time I visited from work.