I hope you packed your walking thermals

Trip Start Feb 21, 2012
Trip End Mar 03, 2012

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Where I stayed
La Maison Ursulines
What I did
La Promenade des Gouverneurs Quebec City
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Marché du Vieux-Port Quebec City
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Vieux Quebec (Old Quebec) Quebec City
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Friday, February 24, 2012

     We are confined in our stay to the portion of Quebec City known as Vieux Quebec-Old Quebec. I do not think I would care to stay in any other portion. So in limiting my scope, let it be said that the only portion of "new Quebec" I saw was the section from hwy 20-E up to the stone archway entrance of Vieux Quebec. And in my limited scope, all I can say is this: can someone put a moat and a portcullis around and in that archway please? I have come to terms with the fact that "Canadian" and "defensive driver" are two terms which can never be applied to each other: holy crap you guys tailgate, speed, and pass like it's the Indy 500, and the driver next to you insulted your mother. But it is very clear that the-ahem-COBBLESTONE PEDESTRIAN PATHS were never meant for cars. Some parts "supposedly do not allow cars, and yet somehow I watch time and again as a !@#$%!@ Ford F-150 makes a B-line for innocent tourists before parking in the loading zone in front of the house I am renting, while I pay 4 billion dollars a day to park in underground parking deck. One car, annoying but fine. Seriously though-rows of cars two deep? and by the way: putting your hazards on means you have a hazard, not "i am going to park illegally for up to an hour on a pedestrian street". This rant does not violate my rules of travel either because good ambassadorship has to be reciprocal. It's not my fault the Ministry of Transportation forgot to mandate driver's ed. 
     What was I saying? Oh yeah, Vieux Quebec. the people here-as in Montreal-have been amazing. Food maybe even more so. I love the availability of fresh and artisan food products. I really wish we ate like this down in the states (we don't). The place we are staying is almost directly next to the Chateau Frontenac, so the view is gorgeous. And the view of the St. Lawrence river from the landing by the Frontenac? Breathtaking. It's unfortunate that so much of the surrounding area appears to be super-industrialized, but cities have to grow I guess. Seeing it here just makes you wish they had kept the same architectural integrity throughout the whole vicinity, not just old town. The snow tonight though? Truly magical. Kylie and I threw on our winter garb the minute it started and headed down to Rue St. Jean. We walked around, got some crepes, and spent the entire walk home having a snowball fight. I really feel quite at home in my little corner of Quebec here. Plenty more days here, but so far, so great.
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