Quebec City

Trip Start Jan 11, 2013
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Just before I arrived at Quebec City, I got a message from my brother. He told me to call him right away. I was awkward, because I was afraid that something happened to my mum. I called him and found that I was right.... She had something wrong with her heart and would have surgery on the next day. I was shocked. My brother said he was not sure if she was serious. I didn't know what to do. The first place I visited in Canada was Notre Dame Basilica. Whenever I visit a church, I am a tourist, but at that time I was a prayer. I am not a Christian and I didn't know how to pray, but I just prayed seriously.... After the surgery, I talked to my brother and heard that the surgery had succeeded. Thank God!

In the weekend, a snowboarding competition was going on in Quebec. That was an international competition called Championnats du Monde Fis de Snowboard and big air semi-final and final were held on the day. Other than that, there would be some events. So my hotel owner suggested the competition to me. There was a girl from France staying in the same room. She was a snowboarder, so she looked excited, showing me its pamphlet. Anyway, I walked up to Notre Dame first and on my way back to the hostel, I dropped by the competition venue. Interestingly the venue was built in the middle of the city, although you may imagine a snowboading ground on a hillside. I watched only the semi-final with a lot of spectators, but the French girl told me the venue was well-illuminated and the competition was more exciting.

On the next day, I left for Old Quebec in the morning. First I walked to the tourist information of Old Quebec. I didn't meant to go there, but the building where I took a shelter from a snow storm was the tourist information. The staff member I talked with was very friendly and gave me a lot of information about sightseeing in Quebec. First I went to Dufferin Terrace and saw the St Florence River with drift ices. I had never seen drift ices in a river like that. Then I took the funicular to Petit Champlain. Petit Champlain is the prettiest part of Old Quebec and it was like streets from a fairy tale. Then I felt like going back to the district in the evening. Actually, the staff member of the TI had suggested an evening cruise in the river, so I was thinking about a revisit to the district in the evening. After a stroll in Petit Champlain, I walked up the hill to the Upper Quebec, but it started snowing heavily and I couldn't stay out. So I decided to take a rest in Starbucks of Chateau Frontenac. Incidentally, Chateau Frontenac is a five-star hotel at the present. Luckily, the snow storm stopped soon, so I left the chateau and strolled around the terrace for a while.

After that, I went back to the hostel once. I talked with room mates there and decided to take a cruise to Levis with them. We walked to the ferry port through Petit Chaplain and the district was like a fairy-tale village. Chateau Frontenac was also beautifully illuminated. Actually, the district is more unforgettable than the cruise to the south shore. Anyway, we took the cruise, but it was freezing on the deck. So we quickly took a picture there and got into the cabin. It was fun to travel with friends and absolutely memorable. I thank them from my heart. On the next morning, Alex and I left Quebec City for Montreal. Because we left our hostel too early, we went shopping in Metro supermarket, where I bought poutine. It was recommended by the Japanese girl who I had met in the hostel. It was pretty good, but it went cold soon, while I was eating on the way to the train station.
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