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I know I've skipped ahead a bit here, but it's my blog so I can do that. Besides I have a lot to say about Quebec City so I thought I'd best get started.
Quebec City has a lot of hills. That's why my legs don't like it so much. It all started with the walk from the train station to the hostel. I admit, the hostel's directions did say it was a 15 minute walk uphill but for some reason I wasn't expecting it to be that uphill. And ...
... we called it a nite and went back to the room to finish packing. We had to have our bags outside of the room by 11pm.
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... this would be the perfect place to have a late lunch.
After sharing a baguette and soup we headed back to the hotel where our room was now ready. We did our best to stay awake a bit longer as it was only 3pm and managed a couple of hours before our lack of sleep the night before finally got the better of us.
Monday 31st October
After one of the best night’s sleep in ages thanks to a comfy bed and no sleep the night before ...
... 8217;s center was extremely helpful and said we should stay in Old Quebec City the entire time. With that plan in hand, I promptly followed her directions…left…left… and first right. Of course, we were lost again, but I recognized the name “Laurie” and we were on the road to OQC! We arrived at Chateau de Pierre about 1:00pm and our hostess was delightful! Our room was ready, so we could drop our ...
... this visit with stops in Montreal and Ottawa, which I'll talk about in separate postings on this blog.
Quebec is one of the oldest and most historic cities in North America. Founded as a small French outpost by famed explorer Samuel de Champlain in 1608, it is now a city of 500,000 (and recently celebrated a huge 400th birthday bash on the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel de Glace Quebec City
Nothing here was overstated. No touristy degradations designed to make money. The design was not infected modern rooms with all the amenities the discerning guest expects. This, in every sense of the words, was an Ice Hotel. The entire building-every wall, every entrance, hallway, room, the chapel, the entire bar, the seats, were out of ice and snow. The rooms themselves had a thin but very comfortable mattress on top of a solid bed of ice with lighting built into the base that you can switch on and off. An information session teaches you how to sleep in the rooms-which include the use of a negative temperature sleeping bag, where to put belongings to prevent freezing, etc. This session is mandatory, even for locals because-as the guide Sophie put it-when sleeping in a hotel of solid ice, you have to forget everything you know about staying in a hotel. The only belongings you really want to bring in the room with you are your boots, snow gear, and whatever you want to sleep in (they recommend synthetics, we used under armor-style thermals) any electronics have to be kept in the bag with you, and the rest, except boots, goes into a waterproof bag. The bathrooms nearest the hotel are essentially heated port-o-johns, so use the ones in the celsius building instead. How was the sleep? Amazing. Seriously. It's expensive yes, but people who didn't think it was worth the money, probably didn't spend the money. It is SO worth it. (note: the address they have listed here is incorrect. It is at the old zoo this year, in Quebec City. Also city bus 801 goes nearly right there and is only 3.00 a ticket, saves a lot vs. the shuttle.)
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