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Trip Start Aug 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 25, 2009

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009  and Tuesday, August 18, 2009 – Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

My boss, Mark, would be proud!  I’m finally getting a grasp of the geography of this country!  I love Canada!  We arrived in Quebec about 12:30pm and made stop at the Visitor’s center since I was totally lost!  It would be helpful if the signage would give you a heads up about an exit before you are upon it!  The lady at the Visitor’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 luggage in the room, park the car…which was an adventure…and take to the streets to see this wonderful walled City.  I overheard someone say this is the only walled city in North America! 

I have to add a side note about the parking garage.  The structure…made almost entirely of cast-in-place concrete…provided quite the experience.  The turns were tight and the ceilings were low.  We could not open the tailgate of our Mirano without it hitting the ceiling!  At one point, it was hard to tell if the ceiling was plywood or concrete, but it was the latter.  I definitely think it needs a condition assessment!

Now to the city!  And what an amazing city!  It is beautiful…and quaint…and full of such history.  Our B&B was located one block from the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Hotel Frontenac.  The boardwalk along the Seaway extends more than one block and surrounds the Hotel.  The streets of the City are cobblestone and there is every type of restaurant that you could want or imagine.  We planned a day and a half for touring and that proved to work out well.  We roamed the streets and even split up for a short time.  Jim took pictures and I checked out the stores and the artists booths.  The most unique area seemed to be the lower city.  The design was more like a pedestrian mall which added to the ambiance.  The evening hours come alive with lights and sounds and the hubub continues well into the later hours
We stopped and had a beer at a couple of the restaurants for the experience.  One location…the bar in the Hotel Frontenac!  The other in a restaurant with an outside patio.  Of course, this was not unique as most restaurants in the City had provisions for this!  I have had a couple of Canadian beers...lite…and very good!  (I know…pretty amazing that I’ve had even one beer!)  When in Rome…

I woke up early on Tuesday morning and went for a walk around the City at 7am.  The only people that are up at that time are walkers, runners, and delivery men with their big trucks!  It really was fun to see all the fresh foods being delivered at that time.  The boardwalk was the busiest place, though, with the walkers and runners taking advantage of the view.
Tuesday afternoon we picked up the car and traveled about 10 minutes East of the city to see a huge waterfall.  It was beautiful, but the location was right by the highway.  It should have been in the mountain area away from the city. 

We had a casual dinner on Tuesday evening…walked…and walked some more.  If you have the opportunity to visit OQC, wear your walking shoes!
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