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Published: July 20th 2019
As one note of interest, we wanted to comment on how very clean we have found Quebec City to be on this visit. We don’t know if it is because it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whether it is because they have just finished having and then cleaning up after their annual 11day summer music festival, or whether Canadians are just automatically super clean! At any rate, and for whatever reason, this is an exceptionally clean city!
Our intention and plan for the day was to walk around the city on the top of the wall that surrounds most of it. That turned out to not be totally possible. Quebec City (and we assume the Provincial government) is in the throes of repairing many things in this area, the wall being one of the many projects. We started just below our hotel and ended at the St. Louis Gate because after going for maybe a little over a third of a mile, we ran into a major repair/reconstruction of that part of the wall. After talking to some other folks who were trying to do the same thing, we were afraid that it was too complicated to figure out
which sections of the wall were navigable and which we not. We have seen several other stretches in the last few days being worked, on so we canceled the wall walking plan!
We re-evaluated our plan for the day and lucked into a musket firing demonstration at the Gate which was fun. After that, we decided to take the hike up to the Citadel area and Battlefield Park. The temperature today was pretty warm, and Quebec City can give Nashville a run for humidity levels at times for sure! At any rate, we carried water with us and stayed hydrated. After arriving at the top area of the Park, we took the wooden walkway/promenade back down the hill to the level where the Frontenac lies. 310 steps mostly down, but who is counting...
From there we finished out our AAA suggested walking tour that we did part of the other day. We saw The Kent Maison, the Ursuline Convent, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the 1870 Hotel Clarendon (closed right now because of a recent fire), City Hall, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (did not see inside of it), and our last stop of the day which was
Notre-Dame Basilica-Cathedral of Quebec. Before we toured Notre-Dame we stopped in for a great lunch at D’Orsay. We finally got to try a dish of the Canadian persuasion, Poutine which is French fries with cheese curds and gravy. It was very good. We also had French Onion soup (even better than the one we had the other day) and a very good salad with (as we have come to expect here) a dressing made with maple syrup!
After touring the Basilica, we climbed back up to Rue St. Louis and headed to our beautiful view at the Hilton. We are enjoying watching all the activity on the St. Laurence River and all the folks walking to and from the town. We have had a great day.
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