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Published: July 22nd 2019
Just as a “housekeeping note”, we wanted to pass along a thought: We have been told with great authority a time or two through the years that French Canadians tend to be very rude and refuse to speak English even if they are fluent in the language. Our experience has been just the opposite. We came here knowing that there could be a language barrier because we might have ten words of French between the two of us...spoken with a Tennessee accent no less! With the exception of one person we came in contact with (and we think he was having a bad day), everyone was more than kind, and bent over backwards to answer any questions, give any needed directions, try to help us pick up a French word or two, and even asked us for help in the pronunciation of a few English words! We all shared the international language of laughter.
We had a great final day in Quebec City. We were talking about what we wanted to do for the day after breakfast, and had not decided for sure when I checked email. A friend had a request for a more detailed shot of a window
flower box I took the first day we were here, and for an item from a local gift shop. Voila! We had a plan! We headed back down into the walled city to the requested flower box, and I took several shots there. (I will send them to you vie email after while Pat B) Then we went to the suggested gift shop and picked up the item you wanted!
Once our “chores” were done we ticked a few more attractions off of our list. We toured a building that was first used as a jail in the early 1800’s until around 1865 when the jail was moved to The Plains of Abraham. The building was then used as a liberal arts university. We were told that it is the only English library in the Old City. We also went into St, Andrews Church, which was the house of worship for what was at the time it was built, a large Scottish population. We visited a Fort Museum which gave the history of the several battles that took place in and around Quebec City. From there we climbed back up to the St. Louis Gate and up Grande Allee.
This was a really neat walk. Many, many old homes have been turned into restaurants, bars, and bistros ranging from very fancy to very kicked back. We walked up to the Concorde Hotel and took the elevator to the 27th floor and Had “lupper” at the Ciel! Bistro-bar, which is housed in a rotating dining room at the top of the hotel. The view was breathtaking, the food was beautifully prepared and presented, and our waitress is one of the best we have ever had. We picked a perfect place and time of day (3:30 in the afternoon) for our final big meal here. We HIGHLY recommend a meal here if you come and visit Quebec City.
From our high seat above town, we descended to the street and headed back to our home away from home and our wonderful city view from the Hilton. This has been a great day.
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