Back track to New Hampshire and on to Canada

Trip Start Jul 06, 2011
Trip End Aug 08, 2011

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Au Petit Chateau B&B, 664 St-Joseph St Levis Quebec

Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 19.

This morning we woke up in the Vermont countryside and breakfasted on a terrace overlooking Mt Burke. In winter the countryside would be covered in blankets of snow and the area is popular with skiers and snowboarders, but today it was a lovely warm sunny 28 c. Because it was raining when we passed the Franconia Notch State Park yesterday, I managed to talk Hayley and Leanne into back tracking one hour to walk the Flume Gorge. It is one of America's top ten most beautiful parks and the one hour walk takes you through covered bridges, passed waterfalls, pools, boulders, forests and a climb up a wooden walkway through a n 800 foot gorge with running water and sheer 90 foot walls. Beautiful!

Next stop was the US/Canadian Border where we cleared immigration and no sir we are not carrying any firearms! 3 1/2 more hours of double lane freeway and all signs in French and we arrive in Levis, a suburb across the St Lawrence River from Quebec City. We were greeted by our hosts Richard and Helene (with lovely French accents). The B&B is gorgeous and we have the loft room with every conceivable necessity. Kitchen, laundry, lounge room (sofa that looks like one Pam and Reg used to own), very cozy. Helene gave us a map, ferry tickets and offered a few selections for restaurants so we headed down to the river, parked our car and caught the 10 minute ferry ride across to the Quartier Petit Champlain where Hayley had her first glass of wine of our trip. We had dinner in a delightful restaurant called le lapin sauté (sorry bunny supporters but this means the cooked rabbit!). We declined the rabbit, really couldn't bring ourselves to eat bunnies, but there was plenty of other yummy things on the menu. We sat outside under some trees near a cobbled square and we all agreed it was the best meal of our trip so far. When ordering wine you could order it by the glass, or la pot (which was likes carafe that held 3 glasses or by the bottle). The raspberry and cream dessert was delicious! We took the ferry back across the river and got a great view of the city and Chateau Frontenac. Tomorrow we head back across the river to explore some more.

July 20
This morning I left Hayley and Leanne to sleep in while I joined the other B&B guests for breakfast. There was a couple from Houston, Texas and a group of Mennonite ladies (wearing white head caps, floral dresses and trainers) from Indiana and Ohio. Helene served up the most beautiful breakfast, yoghurt and fruit, fruit crepes with a custard filling sprinkled with icing sugar, Yum! Then toast with maple syrup and a very large latte! I would not hesitate in recommending this B&B to anyone visiting Quebec City, it has been delightful. Caught the ferry back to Quebec City and wandered around the old city (Upper Town), La Citadelle (the most important British fortress built in North America) the Tout pres de la Place d'Armes (outdoor art gallery where I bought a lovely pressed copper plate painting), Saint Louis Gate (part of the walled fortifcations) and then finally we had a drink in the bar of the famous Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world. Dinner tonight was at the le Cochon Dingue where we enjoyed steak with mushroom sauce and oh dear, more fries! A large thunder storm which had been building all afternoon finally hit at the end of our meal and cooled us all down, especially the poor waiter who had to continue serving in and out of the rain. Needless to say he earned his tip. Back across the river to our B&B and packing up ready for Ottawa tomorrow.
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