QuébecPosted: September 18, 2013
We spent last weekend in Ville de Québec, Canada. We first thought of this trip a little over a year ago so that James could shoot some footage for a project that he is working on, but we decided to do it in mid September as a birthday/anniversary/engagement trip. We were able to practice a little bit of our French (which I’m committed to working on this year before the honeymoon), and even though we only had a couple of days, we were able to fully explore Vieux-Québec. It was a perfect romantic weekend getaway.
Here James is very excited to be walking along Terrasse Dufferin outside Le Château Frontenac. This grand hotel is the most prominent feature on Cap Diamant, and we spent a lot of time admiring it during the day and night, exterior and interior.
We stayed very close by at Hôtel Cap Diamant. It was a small bed and breakfast tucked away on a quiet, charming little street. As you can see, I was quite tired after a full night of traveling.
There are a number of wonderful edifices built by both the French and English throughout the city. This building is where the Ministry of Finance is located.
Within the walls, everything feels so European. It’s crazy to think that this is just a short hop away from the northeastern United States.
The weather was a bit chilly with scattered showers. I was all too excited to wear colder weather clothing, as I don’t get the chance very often.
Sometimes it looked like we had the whole city to ourselves. Perhaps the rain kept people away.
We walked along the ramparts and saw all of the surviving city gates. This one is Porte Saint-Louis.
This châteauesque structure is Gare du Palais, which has now become James’ favorite train station that he has ever visited.
We loved how much Canada uses coins. Here is a loonie (one dollar coin) commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the Montreal Canadiens.
To get from Haute-Ville to Basse-Ville, we mostly walked, but we also took a ride in the funicular. The varied terrain of Vieux-Québec creates spectacular views looking both down at the rooftops, and up at the promontory.
I like to find souvenirs that aren’t typically marketed toward tourists. We found a book shop on the outskirts of the city where I found a children’s book with classic Québécois stories (all in Québécois French of course).
I loved that every place had café au lait, which I needed a couple of times to keep me awake and going through the day.
Apparently this is a classic French Canadian dish – poutine. It’s something that I’ve eaten before without realizing it had an official name. It’s french fries, gravy, and cheese, and it’s as good as it sounds.
We found some vending machines for these ‘Emanuelle’ gummy candies while waiting for the ferry to Lévis. It was a short inexpensive ferry ride that offered great views of the coastline.
The city looked just as beautiful at night as it did by day.
The boat from the city’s coat of arms was on some of the windows of Le Château Frontenac.
We decided to have drinks and dessert at the bar at Frontenac on the night of my birthday to celebrate. We ordered the crème brûlée, and we got three different flavors. I can’t tell you which one was the best because they were all too good.
We each had a bellini as well. Our favorite Champagne cocktails are actually Italian 75’s but these are also delicious.
It was even more fun than I could have imagined. We had a wonderful anniversary trip and it was a great way to start my 26th year of life.