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Published: July 17th 2019
WOW! For those of you who have an upcoming trip to Quebec City...listen to the advice you hear and read to bring good walking (hill climbing) shoes! You will need them. We had a great day but we can attest to the fact that there are LOTS of steps and steep grades here. Add the funicular to your “cheat sheet” for when you go all the way down the bluff to the oldest part of the city. Be thrilled to pay the $3.50 per person to ride it back up to the level where the Frontenac Hotel lies. Your feet will be thankful. I promise. Mark it down. Really.
Quebec City has a very European feel to it to us and French is certainly the first language here, but everyone we met today was more than kind, and did everything they could to help two southern English speaking folks have a great day. From the concierge here at the Hilton Quebec to a cleaning lady we met along with everyone in between bent over backwards to answer our questions and give recommendations.
We had a wonderful (read huge) buffet breakfast before heading out for our day of adventure. By
the way, if you are planning a trip here it would be a very good idea to get breakfast included if you can do so for a half way reasonable price. We got a AAA rate that includes breakfast which was a good thing because it is pretty pricy here, and we have not seen any lower priced options within walking distance, so be aware.
Our pictures will give you a good idea of all that we did. We were blown away by the views, the narrow cobblestone streets, and the quaint shops (along with several obligatory T-shirt and sweat shirt shops). There were many smaller hotels tucked here and there. Around 3:30 local time we saw a restaurant that Wayne and Pam had highly recommended which was Spag&Tini. We really had not planned to eat our second meal of the day that early but the hostess was so very friendly and Wayne and Pam HAD suggested it AND we were ready for a break... The rest is history. We split a delicious meal of the house specialty which was spaghetti noodles sautéed in garlic butter (WITH extra garlic!) with a meatball sauce under melted mozzarella cheese. John had
a bowl of soup and we split a Caesar salad that came with a nice bun of local bread and butter. We also drained a whole pitcher of water! THEN we walked back up a hill or two to the twice blessed funicular, where we gratefully paid our $7 Canadian for a trip partway back up the hill.
By the way, a major highlight of our day was also recommended by Wayne and Pam but we tripped across it accidentally on our part. It is the Fresco of Quebec and it is amazing, It tells the story of the founding of New France by way of a huge mural on the side of a building in the Old City. Even standing next to it you have to force yourself to believe it is not real.
We are now back in our room and are pretty well done for the day. Our feet are grateful that we are off of them, and our view of the city and the St. Laurence River from our room is even better than yesterday because the sun is out. Lora, believe it or not, we saw not one pastry shop today. They may
be hidden on a street we have not climbed (excuse me...I meant WALKED) today so we may luck out yet. Stay tuned,
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