Québec, une fois de plus . . .

(Quebec, once again)

Since we didn’t get home from the Alvin Opry until after 1am, I thought I’d repost our visit to Quebec, Canada in 2009

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Quebec

Originally posted on September 18, 2009

Today was our day to see the city of Quebec.

We started out with breakfast at our new favorite breakfast/lunch place, Cora. Hopefully these will show up in the US soon.

We drove around Quebec, finally ending up in Vieux Quebec, or Old Quebec where we found a Tourist Information Center.

Info Building

Info Building

We found that there was going to be a 2 hour bus tour at 2:30 pm and signed up for it. Luckily for us, today was the last day for this tour, and, even luckier, it was all in English.

We’ve noticed a lot of touristy things are starting to shut down, or reduce their hours, due to winter coming on, and the tourist trade is dropping off.

We had some time to kill before the tour started so we drove to a Glass Shop on St. Jean street that Jan wanted to visit.

St Jean St

St Jean St

Finally we headed back to rendezvous with our tour bus. Our driver, a Quebec City native named Francois, spoke very good English, luckily for us. But Jan said he sounded like Inspector Clouseau of Pink Panther fame.

Our tour gave us a look at the major sites in Quebec, in both the old and new sections.

Quebec Tour 1

Quebec Tour 1

Here is the Simons fountain in front of the Provincial Capitol of Quebec.

Simons Fountain

Simons Fountain

Here is the view from the Plains of Abraham battlefield site overlooking the St. Lawrence river.

Plains 1

Plains 1

The battle of Plains of Abraham, also known as the Battle of Quebec, took place during the French and Indian War in September 1759, and the British victory over the French led to France relinquishing all claims to Canada.

Here’s Jan with another view from the battlefield.

Plains 2

Plains 2

And here is the Chateau Frontenac Hotel, one of the most magnificent sites in Quebec. Built in 1893, the Frontenac is one of the premiere hotels in North America.

Hotel Frontenac

Hotel Frontenac

Here’s one of the many pedestrian-only streets in Vieux (Old) Quebec.

Quebec Tour 3

Quebec Tour 3

This church, the L Eglise Notre Dame Des Victoires (The Church of Our Lady of Victories) , is the oldest stone church in North America.

Quebec Church

Quebec Church

Another view.

Quebec Tour 5

Quebec Tour 5

And this building, built in 1675, is the oldest one in Quebec City.

Quebec Oldest House

Quebec Oldest House

After our tour was over, we drove over to Tomas Tam’s, a Chinese buffet restaurant we’d seen advertised. And it was very good.

On our way back to the rig, we drove pass everyone’s favorite chicken place, PFK.

PFK

PFK???

Leave it to Quebec to put their own stamp on things.

PFK in French stands for ‘Poulet Frit Kentucky’, or Kentucky Fried Chicken to us.

Getting back to the rig, we got ready to head out early tomorrow on a long travel day.

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Thought for the Day:

How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

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2 Responses

  1. Howdy Greg,

    If you’re going to put foreign languages on here, make’em something that somebody knows; like Tex-Mex, German or Chinese; not no Canadian-Quebecois!!!! The only person that understands that is Al Bonninio from Bayfield!!!

    Hey, you done a fair job on the Opry site!!! Does Tony Booth’s mother still bring him to the shows?? (she did before he could drive)
    Y’all have a pretty good mix of ‘old folks’ and youngunz!! How’d Jesse Trevino ever find his way down there from Brady??

    Enjoyed the Quebec trip as much as I did the first time…

    Hope y’all’s day is Landoning up well!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Butterbean,

    I did translate it for you, after all.

    No, I don’t think Tony’s mother drives him anymore. He may have grandkids himself by now.

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