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North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City May 25th 2015

Lundi 25 mai 2015. Depuis Québec, à l' Auberge des Hauts chez Suzanne et Pier (à recommander) veille du départ pour les USA. Un petit mot sur ce qui s'est passé depuis que nous nous sommes quitté en septembre dernier. Janvier, février motoneige, a Ste Anne du Lac chez mon ami Steeve avec un hiver particulièrement froid, régulièrement - 35. Février après le froid, la super chaleur + 35, de Bali pour un séjour d' une quinzaine de jours. Survol de mon itinéraire envisagé pour cet été. Québec, Boston, New York Miami, Nouvelle Orléans, (Peut être une petite incursion au Mexique) Dallas, Memphis, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphie, Québec. Environ 25 états, pour 20 000km. Trois envies que j' espère pouvoir réaliser, remonter la 5eme Avenue de New York en voiture décapotée, rouler sur la plage de ... read more

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City November 5th 2014

This is where it all began back in 1608. Strictly speaking, Lower Town encompasses everything all around the base of the rock that is Cape Diamond. When people use the term these days they are most often speaking of the old part near the St. Lawrence River below the Château Frontenac and Dufferin Terrace. We will look only at that area. Place Royale In 1608 Champlain founded a tiny stockade here. Its wooden houses burned in 1684, and were replaced by sturdy stone buildings, which are still fully in use today (this is not just some mockup re-creation of what might have been). The Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church is one of Quebec’s … and Canada’s … great treasures. Begun in 1668 and finished in 1723, it was heavily damaged by the British bombardment in 1759, and it wasn’t ... read more
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'Breakneck Stairs' (1893) down to Lower Town earn their nickname in the Winter, for sure!
the Lower Town terminus of the 1879 funicular from Dufferin Terrace, electrified in 1907

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City November 3rd 2014

La Citadelle (the Citadel) is arguably Canada’s most famous military fortress. With four bastions and twenty-four buildings, it is the largest British fortification in North America, and is one of the favorite destinations for visitors to this beautiful and historic city. It was also the site of the 1943 Quebec Conference, featuring Churchill, Roosevelt, and MackenzieKing. For more info go to: or La Citadelle is well known not only because of its site and location, but also because it is the ceremonial “home base” of the illustrious Royal Vingt-Deuxième Régiment (R22eR), or “Van Doos” as they are often called in English. Formed in 1914, the Van Doos have participated in some of the ... read more
The French built a small fort in the 1700s, and the victorious English added two sets of stone walls after the War of 1812 with America.
Here a section of the outer walls towers over the Promenade des Gouverneurs (Governors' Walk).
the entrance, photo courtesy of Corel Galleries

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City November 1st 2014

Old Quebec City, Canada’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, is all about history … in the walls, the fortifications, the venerable buildings, the narrow streets, and the multitude of commemorative statues and monuments. There are four massive entrance “gates”, so I’ll start at the best known one … the Porte St Louis … and move eastward to the famous Chateau Frontenac. It is surrounded by three notable areas, the Place d’Armes (originally a military parade square), the Dufferin Terrace boardwalk, and the Terrace Garden. The Garden is noteworthy because it contains an unusual dual monument to both Wolfe and Montcalm who fought and died on the Plains of Abraham. . From there we’ll move over a bit to several important streets, statues, and buildings, including the Catholic and Anglican... read more
within those 3.5 miles (5 km) of massive stone walls
the Porte St Louis (1694, rebuilt 1880), where Grand Allée ends and you enter the Old City
rue d'Auteuil, the first street just past the Gate

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City October 30th 2014

Founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608, Quebec City is located on the north shore of the St Lawrence River east of Montreal. It is one of the oldest cities north of Mexico, and the only one surrounded by defensive walls ... nearly 3 miles (5 km) of them. From a tiny settlement four centuries ago, it has grown to a city of about 500,000 within a metropolitan area of about 770,000, and is one of North America’s most popular tourist destinations. It is the capital of Quebec Province, Canada’s largest, which itself is large enough to contain five European countries. For detailed information, go to: General Orientation: The City is built on and around a rocky promontory, Cape Diamond, on two levels, known as Upper Town and Lower Town. The map shows, lightly shaded ... read more
The entire area shaded in blue, including within the walls, is ''Upper Town''.
driving in from the bridges along Grande Allée
The Plains of Abraham, 1.5 x .5 miles (190+ ha) became the Battlefields National Park in 1908.

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City September 26th 2014

We're up early for a quick breakfast & then leave the hostel at 8am to take the Metro from Victoria Square to Berri/UQAM where the central bus station is - not the same place as we arrived on Megabus, though all the other bus services seem to run from here. It's warm and humid even at this hour. Surprisingly, the Metro is not that busy even though it's rush hour. The bus station itself is a bit of a slog from the Metro through some very dismal underground passageways though the bus station itself is quite modern and well organised. The L'Orleans Express bus arrives 2 mins before it's due to depart (9 am) so by the time everyone has boarded it leaves late but we still get to Quebec City (QC) on time at 12-15 ... read more
C above Rue du Petite Champlain
View from Lower to Upper City
Fountain & view of The RailwayBus station

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City September 10th 2014

Yesterday, when we drove here, we saw many farms, mostly corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. We took a tour today to Quebec City and the guide said that the farm ground here is very rich. He said that they ship a lot of grain to other countries. Quebec City was founded in 1608 by Samuel Champlain. The population of the city is 525,000 and the metro area 725,000. There are 3000 Catholic churches. Many of these have been transformed into museums, libraries, and condos. One church, St. Roch, rents out its basement to a high-end clothes retailer to help with the expenses of the church. We mostly toured the old section of the city. The guide said that a lot of people who live there don't have cars. I can understand why. The streets are very narrow ... read more
Les 3 Brasseurs
Hydrant Sign

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City August 27th 2014

My last stop on the Canadian tour before flying back from Montréal was also the most picturesque. Québec City is famously one of the oldest European settlements in North America and is inevitably one of the most touristic, as demonstrated here with the horse and carriage photos - herds of Canadians and Americans flock here with their cameras to get a flavour of 17th-century Europe without leaving their own continent. The city is surprisingly full of tourists even from the region of Québec itself - its old town seems to attract the same kind of intensely touristic crowd as certain parts of Bath and York in the UK. Despite the tourists, it's a beautiful and very photogenic city. My friend Joanie, who I met in Strasbourg, took the time to show me around the city a ... read more
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North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City August 25th 2014

Un petit mot sur les 2 jours passés a ST Félicien. Déjà le temps température de 32* hier apres midi, 30 ce jour a Québec, exactement comme au jour 1. superbes journées en bonne compagnie Janick, Marie Josée, Jérôme. David et le jeune Antoine. De supers soupers, comme il va de soit bien arrosés. Merci a eux tous.Samedi et dimanche matin nous sommes allés voir des lancement de fusées, certaine pesent jusqu' 37 kg, 2, 40m de haut, et peuvent atteindre 12000 pieds d' altitude, (4000m).Aujourd' hui descente sur Québec, chez Suzanne et Pier, avant d' aller demain dans les Laurentides préparé l' hiver. MES CONCLUSIONS DE CE PÉRIPLE. Je pensais que ca allais beaucoup plus simple. Mais en préparant mentalement ce blog, je m' aperçois que la quantité de choses emmagasinées, vues, faites, est assez ... read more
départ de fusée
la  taille
mise a feu

North America » Canada » Quebec » Québec City August 12th 2014

Today was spent shopping so it's not going to be a very interesting entry so far as a travel blog is concerned. Shopping is a serious business, so my daughter needed several hours to get ready, so I went for a walk into the Quebec City's lower town area (lower in respect to its hight relative to the walled city, not how classy it isn't). First thing in the morning is a great time to walk round as it is still relatively cool and there are not too many people about. Place Royal is a nice little square, which has been recently renovated according to my guidebook. Following the bizarre soup and pigeon sculpture (and I use that word as I am not sure what else to call it), which I saw a couple of days ... read more
Parlement du Quebec
Toys Sculpture

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