A Journal, with Pictures

Quebec City

by on Oct.06, 2011, under Flying, Happenings

On September 28th. our wonderful hosts in New Glassgow took us to the Trenton airport for our departure to Quebec City. It was a good thing we refueled in Sydney, since they run out of fuel after putting only 5 gallons in our tank. It was clear and beautiful and after we said our goodbyes we lifted off, waggled our wings and headed for Quebec City. Most of the flight was clear, until we got to Quebec City, CYQB, where we did an instrument approach. Our cab driver was direct from the chamber of commerce and took us through the Saint Jeans gate into the walled city of Old Quebec. Old Quebec City is the only remaining walled city in North America. We checked into our quaint Vieux-Quebec (old Quebec) hotel then lunch at a crêpe restaurant then some sight seeing.

The hotel recommended a restaurant for dinner, so I trudged up the hill to check the menu and made a reservation. Trudging up hills is part of the Old Quebec City experience, and at the end of the first day may calves were complaining. That evening we had a superb dinner at restaurant La Cremaillere. We enjoyed French meal with, veal, excellent wine and a desert to die for, oo la la. It turns out the owner is Italian, oh well who cares.

Day Two Quebec City

We signed up for a walking tour that started from our hotel at 9:00 AM. Breakfast basket in the room was more than ample so we were ready for a walk. Sarah our guide, in period costume, did a very nice job of relating the history and pointing out the important sites. This gave an understanding of the history from the fur trading port beginning to the provincial capital of today. Quebec City, particularly the old walled city is very European and as someone said, its Europe without the jet lag. We soaked up history and enjoyed the sites before, guess what, lunch.

Time for lunch at a small French restaurant, then more touring of the city. We passed the giant hotel built by the Canadian Railroad, the Château Frontenac, the fort build to defend Quebec City against the Americans, we never came, and the provincial Parliament, that was flying an American flag, (they must have known we were coming). We made a pass through the old city Irish district, which has a special shopping street.

 

Outside the walls, Quebec City is a modern bustling place, but the old city has the charm. Dinner on our last evening in Quebec City was at an Italian restaurant near our hotel. Excellent with entertainment and the place was jumping. Back to the hotel, check weather for tomorrow and get ready for Montréal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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