Quebec City, catch the right bus

Trip Start Jul 31, 2010
Trip End Aug 07, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

My sisters and I learned to catch bus #800 to Quebec City.  We were not exactly given good information.  Anyhow, we found a gas station where we could buy our tickets or billets, catch the bus.  It turned out we went in the wrong direction, away from Quebec City.  The bus driver was nice.  When the bus drivers changed, he told the new driver about us who directed us to where we should exit the bus.  We crossed by the Parliament which was undergoing renovation and went through the Saint-Louis Gate to Vieux-Quebec.  We were hungry and found a place to eat.  My sisters had paninis.  I ate a smoked meat sandwich.  We then walked to Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac.  I wanted to go on a tour of the hotel.  We placed our reservations and then walked around Terrasse Dufferin where we watched street performers.  One guy swallowed fire and a balloon (I am still trying to figure out how we saw it inflated while he swallowed).  Plus he did it humorously.  We continued on to the Citadelle.  Along the way we got caught in a rainstorm.  Luckily, we had ponchos and a place to stand under without getting too wet.  We returned for our tour of the Chateau Frontenac which looks like a French castle with numerous turrets and copper roofs.  The original buildings were built in 1893.  There are eight miles of carpets in the lobby and common rooms (not the guest rooms), and the carpets are changed every 6 months.  The winter carpet is more colorful than the summer carpet.  There are 618 rooms in the hotel, and they were full.  After the tour, we sat in Place d'Armes and just watched people.  Eventually, we walked back to our bus stop.
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