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    • Day 37

      Nous ❤️ Ville de Québec

      August 11, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Québec City wurde uns sehr oft empfohlen und hatte uns deshalb neugierig gemacht. Und ja... Diese unfassbar schöne Stadt hat uns tatsächlich sehr positiv überrascht. 😍

      Im starken Kontrast zu den Dörfern und Städten die wir bisher hier in Kanada gesehen haben, hat Québec City eine Altstadt und diese erinnert sehr stark an einen Architekturmix verschiedener Städte aus Europa. Man hätte tausende Fotos machen können, in jeder kleinen Gasse gab es etwas neues, interessantes zu entdecken.

      Besonders fasziniert war ich (Anne) auch von den vielen, kleinen Ateliers und den Ausstellungen verschiedener Künstler. Die Gemälde waren meist sehr farbenfroh und hatten etwas abstraktes. Natürlich durfte man von den Gallerien aber keine Fotos machen.
      Selbst das Stöbern durch die kleinen, zahlreichen Souvenirläden machte hier richtig Spaß: In einem Laden konnte man neben typischen Souvenirs beispielsweise alte Kassetten von Celine Dion und sehr alte Postkarten der Stadt Québec kaufen.
      Besonders lachen mussten wir aber über einen Laden der sich auf Weihnachtsdekoration spezialisiert hatte. Im Sommer Weihnachtsmusik zu hören und voll beladene Weihnachtsbäume zu sehen, damit hatten wir nicht gerechnet.

      Abends setzten wir uns mit vielen anderen Schaulustigen auf einen der höchsten Punkte der Stadt und schauten uns von dort aus das Feuerwerk an. In Québec City findet derzeit eine Art Sommerfestival statt und 7 Wochen lang gibt es jeden Donnerstag Abends ein Feuerwerk.

      Am Nachmittag des nächsten Tages hieß es dann "Au revoir" . Ein wenig schwer fiel es uns schon... Québec City hatte es uns wirklich angetan. 🤗
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    • Day 66

      Mit dem Zug von Toronto nach Quebec

      September 25, 2019 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Heute müssen wir früh aufstehen, da wir mit dem Zug über Montreal nach Quebec fahren. Das heißt 3 Bahnhöfe, 2 Züge und 10 Stunden Landschaft gucken, erst entlang des Ontario-See und dann am St. Lorenz Strom. In Quebec ist es erheblich kälter, da ist morgen warm anziehen angesagt.Read more

    • Day 10

      A quiet morning at the Monastere

      June 28, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Yesterday was just the second rainy day of the trip, and it really only rained until noon and then cleared up. We had a very wet guided walk in the morning. This time she took us up to the Ursuline museum and talked about the friends of the Augustinian Sisters. The Ursulines and the Augustinians made a pact to always help each other out.

      Since it was so rainy I stayed at the monastere and saw the rest of the museum. The first part of the museum is dedicated to the founders and the process of becoming a nun. The rest is more about the hospital that they founded and medicine.
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    • Day 11

      Jour 11_Montréal -> Québec

      October 22, 2023 in Canada ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

      Aujourd'hui, nous poursuivons notre immersion dans le quotidien des montréalais en découvrant une institution du dimanche matin : le brunch.
      Tout le monde y va, et à toute heure de la journée. Cela peut nous paraître totalement incongru, pour nous qui vivons à la campagne, mais même des parents avec de très jeunes enfants s'y rendent avec jeux et bandes dessinées pour passer un moment en famille. Il faut le reconnaître, c'est absolument délicieux, rien que du régressif qui fait du bien, alors que le froid pluvieux s'abat sur la ville depuis hier.
      Puis nous prenons la route en direction de Québec. Progressivement, la pluie s'atténue et lorsque nous y arrivons, nous pouvons profiter de la ville by night, totalement vidée de ses touristes. Je me répète, mais le soin apporté aux décorations de Halloween est vraiment époustouflant !
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    • Day 3

      Nun in the gate/Holy Trinity

      June 21, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Quebec City is the only walled city in North America north of Mexico. This morning I found a gate that I never knew about. And there just happened to be a nun walking through. There are several things torn up around the old city; there is an enormous street project outside of Notre Dame, and The Church of the Holy Trinity, the Anglican church, is undergoing major work on the outside, but it was open for visitors so I stopped in. Again, I was the only one there. I think most tourists assumed it was closed based on what the outside looks like.Read more

    • Day 3

      More doors, of course!

      June 21, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      I got back to my wandering and remarkably found a little hole in the wall “laundromat” which really is almost a hole in the wall. However, I’m going to need that service in a few days and it is close by!Read more

    • Day 3

      Notre Dame

      June 21, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      I was going to wander around some picturesque streets that I had seen others write about, but on the way there, I discovered that Notre Dame opened at 7:30 so I stopped in and found that I had the whole cathedral to myself.Read more

    • Day 3

      Quiet on Petit Champlain

      June 21, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Petit Champlain is a street below the Chateau Frontenac with lots of quaint little shops. It gets mobbed by tourists from buses and cruise ships during the day, but I’ve discovered that it is really nice and quiet in the early morning.

      I found a park with a swing there this morning and sat there for awhile. Until a big gas tanker truck came barreling down the street. When it stopped in front of me, I noticed that the side read “vegetable oil”. They had big fire truck hoses. It was right outside of a restaurant, but I didn’t think restaurants buy their oil for cooking that way!
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    • Day 3

      Language success!

      June 21, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      This morning I got up and headed down to the Place Royal to get coffee at Maison Smith. I felt pretty proud of myself for ordering in French and understanding the basic café language (for here or to go, hot or cold, is that all?). I felt even more proud when the server spoke to the guy behind me in English. She did not switch for me which means I had her fooled! Or it was just easier for her to use French since I seemed to know what was going on!

      After that I did some more wandering. Around every turn there was some new view of the Chateau Frontenac that I had never noticed before. I can understand why it is the most photographed hotel in the world.

      I also found a little secret passage way that I didn’t know about, which was exciting!
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    • Day 3

      Bleu: a 400+ year history of Quebec

      June 21, 2022 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Last night I got out my clip on bike lights to attache to my backpack and headed up to Parliament for a light show after dark. This is a special event just happening this week. It was advertised as the history of Quebec which covers a lot of ground considering that it was founded in the early 1600s!

      It actually was only a 15 minute walk just past the old part of the city, and I was not alone. The crowds were already gathering, and I got there an hour before it started.

      And a show it was. It was interesting because in the US if there were an event like this, I think it would get rowdy pretty quickly. But as the show started a silent almost reverent attitude took over. These people are really into their “country”. I don’t want to be the one to break it to them that they are still part of Canada and really only a province!

      I was also struck by how many people were wearing down puffer jackets. I was fine in my polar fleece, but there was a brisk feel in the air.

      The narrator of the story was obviously someone who was known to the Québécois because they did ooh and ahh as soon as she started singing. She and her grandson were in a magic canoe that time traveled through all of the important events and contributions of Quebec. It was so well done as these things tend to be in Canada.

      I do wonder about the name of the show, “Bleu” . There were people walking around with big question mark signs, and I was so tempted to ask them about why it was called that. However I held back because I was afraid they would think I was a smart aleck and that was not the type of question they were there to answer. I’m guessing it has something to do with their flag and that will have to be good enough for now!

      This event is just the kick off to the big day on June 24th when they celebrate their “national” holiday for the first time in person since 2019 . They are getting excited, for sure!
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