Quebec City

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I loved Quebec City.  As they say, it’s the most European-flavored city in Canada.  We started out in Old Quebec where the streets were cobblestone and too narrow for cars.  They were lined with shops and restaurants with a church in the center.

Downtown Old Quebec. Notice the incline rail between the streets going uptown.

And towering over all of this was a castle – Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel.

Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel

Our guide, Roger (pronounced Row-Jay) herded us about like a bunch of cats – I would have preferred to wander about and shop.

This shop was translated as “The Hell with Fashion”.  I had a bit of a different translation.
The pink guy, who you saw earlier in Montreal, showed up again in Quebec City as well.
The Notre Dame Cathedral… and the pink guy.
Old Quebec is on the bank of the St. Lawrence River and they can handle up to 7 cruise ships, and the pink guy shows up again.
Here’s that old European flavor… and the pink guy. I spared you yet another sighting.

There were some very detailed murals.

There is so much detail here I don’t know where to begin.  You can even read the titles on the books.
Of course we had to have yet another group shot. I’m hiding near the yellow hats on the right.
This mural almost looks real.

Afterwards we boarded the bus and drove by the Parliament (Quebec City is the capital of the providence of Quebec) and the Plains of Abraham, a large city park on historic battlegrounds of old Quebec City.

Parliament Building in Quebec City.  We were supposed to tour, but I think it was closed for a holiday.

We went back to the castle and had the best lunch – creamed summer vegetable soup and salmon over a corn and potato chowder with strawberry shortcake for dessert.  Then we wandered a bit uptown.  Here uptown and downtown are quite literal – uptown is up on the bank and downtown is down by the St. Lawrence River.

My new friend, Kim.

After lunch, we stopped at Centre Catherine-de-Saint-Augustin, a convent where the nuns lived and trained to be nurses in the attached hospital.  Since there are only about 2 nuns left, they made a museum to preserve their history.

This looks like the crosses they wore around their necks.
A display of angels.

The thing that stuck with me was that back then, the nuns wore 21 layers of clothing.  Wouldn’t that just make you look and feel like the Michelin man?  It probably helped in the Canadian winters though – they say it can go down to 40 below.

It’s hard to see all the layers. For some reason they put a grate in front of the display making it hard to get a good photo.

I found another interesting sign you won’t see many places.

Chute seems like such an appropriate word.

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