Historic French Canadian City

Trip Start Dec 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 06, 2011

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 165 June 17 continued - I am very fortunate to have got in contact with my friend Tamara (Nicaragua) and gets me out to Quebec city.

It takes a day of flying to get there, but I meet up with Tamara as she is working as an FA on the flight from Toronto to Quebec City. When we land in Quebec city, my bag luckily comes out pretty quickly as Tamara has held up the transportation for the pilots and the whole air crew, because they are waiting for my bag. The pilot is not happy, but he was an idiot anyway.

We arrive at the fancy hotel that is laid on for the Westjet staff and at the same time, some young graduation is taking place. Lots of young people dressed up.

We're back in the hotel lobby and go to a cool little restaurant to grab some food and drink some beer. I order a white beer, the pilots order a Coors light! Shocking! Talk about soaking up some culture. The food was good, I had some pasta and enjoyed chatting to the FAs.

The night ended around midnight and I got a good night sleep ready for a full day of exploring the next day.

Miles walked: 0.7
Temperature: 19C

Day 166 June 18th - The day started with Poutine for breakfast. If you haven't heard of it before, basically, chips with gravy with some rubber cheese. That's how I would describe it! It was tasty and reminded me of going to a local chippy in the UK and having chips with gravy.
  I've been wanting to visit Quebec for some time and am thoroughly excited to be strolling around Quebec city. I have heard so many negative things about French speaking Quebec, that I wanted to see the Province with my own eyes to form my own impression.

From the hotel, we walked east along Grande Allee Est, and soon come across Hotel du Parliament, the local Government building.

We then walked into the Old Quebec city within the walls through the gate Porte Saint Louis. I reminded heavily of the city of York. Much of the city's most notable architecture is located east of the fortification walls in Vieux-Québec (Old Quebec) and Place Royale. This area has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants.

Quebec City's skyline is dominated by the massive Château Frontenac Hotel, perched on top of Cap-Diamant. Tamara and I find our way south of the old city to try find some lunch. We eat at a beautiful rustic cafe, I try some fish soup, I think, and enjoy an espresso. Tamara has a glass or rose and some tasty appetizer.

We wander around the old city some more, find some walls painted fully in old style Quebec city. We are in Quebec city for a bike race, so frequently hear locals cheer on the racers as the cycle around the city, numerous times. We explore the city during the afternoon, to the point where it is time for an afternoon nap.

The evening is filled with trying to find some crepes but the restaurant we find, has a 30 minute wait, so we have some local food and enjoy the walk back to the hotel through a brightly lit Quebec city.

Miles walked: 2.4
Temperature: 16C

Day 167 June 19th - Tamara has a very early flight so leaves at 5am. I have enough time for a long shower, a shave with the new electric razor my Canadian brother bought me, packed up and enjoyed a long early morning walk to Gare du Palais to pick up the train to Montreal.

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British Pete on

Who is this Canadian brother that you talk about?

Tamara on

Happy memories. Makes me smile.

Laura on

OK, I'm completely intrigued by the Poutine. I'm trying that.

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