Who are we
We are a family of 3 who took a break from our routine. Usually we live in Scotland but February to the end of July 2011 we were on the road in North America for 6 months. We are Mark (also known as Dad), Rachel (also known as Mum... and a whole bunch of other names... my usual at-home blog is here) and little h (10/11 years of age during the trip).
Monday, 28 February 2011
Living it up in Québec City
We made it to Québec City on Wednesday of last week and stayed there for a few days. There were many great things about this mini-break:
- as it was completely out of season (winter festival finished, summer season a long way off…) we got a really good last-minute deal on a beautiful hotel right in the old town. The rooms weren't as luxurious as the foyer (well, ours weren't) but it was such a lovely place to be and the location meant we could forget the car for a couple of days and use some more old-fashioned modes of transport (feet, a somewhat over-priced horse'n'carriage/calèche combo...). We took the funicular up and down the steep hill too (once each way). Great views.
- the city is just precious to look at - real chocolate-box stuff, especially with all the ice and snow and fairy lights at night. The look and city walls reminded me of York in England... if York up on a hill. We did quite a lot of wandering about in the dark (as you'll see from the photos) and yes, it was cold... but warmer than Ottawa!
- it is soooooo French. And in this city I could even understand the accent and be understood back (harder for a European around Montréal, n'est-ce pas?). Being so French the food was all formidable, the young women were (almost) all disgustingly pretty and thin and effortlessly chic and the men just looked... well, so French.
- there is a ferry over the magnificent icy St Lawrence river to Lévis (about a ten minute trip) and that is how we left Québec City at the end of the few days. What great views! What impressive ice! How damned cold up on the outside deck! Truly a beautiful part of the world.
We're back in Ontario with family now for a week or so. Here are some Québec City photos though - mostly Mark's.
Posted by Rachel Fox at 12:58