Sunday, October 02, 2005

Vacation in Quebec — Day 3

No trip to French-speaking Canada is complete without a visit to romantic Quebec City, founded by French explorer Samual Champlain in 1608 as the hub of New France. It's also the site of the definitive battle between the English and French that marked the death of New France and the birth of British Canada. In addition, Quebec City holds the distinction of being the only walled city in North America.

It was pouring the day we drove from Montreal to Quebec City (approximately a 3-hour drive). I snapped this picture from the passenger seat just as we were about to cross the Victoria Jubilee Bridge. (09/26/05)

Along the way, we stopped at this crazy restaurant and gas station that had all these dinosaurs surrounding it. I also picked up some fresh cheese curds, which is a popular snack in Quebec. They were pretty good, I must say. (09/26/05)

We couldn't afford to stay at the landmark Fairmont Chateau de Frontenac hotel (it was about $400-$500 a night). But we did the next best thing: We stayed in a hotel with a view of the Chateau. Believe it or not, this was the view from our hotel room! (09/26/05)

The city is divided between Upper Town and Lower Town. Here we are walking Lower Town in the rain looking for a place to eat. We ended up finding a nice little pizza place, which had good food, but slow service. (09/26/05)

The building shown here, with the green awnings, is Maison J. A. Moisan. Founded in 1871 by Jean-Alfred Moisan, this store claims the title of the oldest grocery store in North America. (09/26/05)

Doris and Jenn shop at the oldest grocery store in North America. I really wanted to buy something there, so I found a nice bottle of ice cider from the Cidrerie Michel Jodoin — a well-known Quebecois microdistillery. Like ice wine, ice cider is made with apples that remain on the tree throughout the cold Quebec winter. The apples are then harvested and pressed while still frozen. (09/26/05)

Since it was pouring out, we thought it would be a good chance to catch a movie. Unfortunately we couldn't find any theaters playing movies in English. But we did find the Wal-Mart, where we bought some cold medication and local maple syrup at a fraction of the cost of what you find in the souvenir shops. (09/26/05)

Yes, they even sell fresh cheese curds at the Quebecois Wal-Mart. (09/26/05)

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