>Doing Quebec


We started our journey this morning with the realization that this is the message on the trailer that we are pulling across this big nation for 2 weeks……..

Heavy rains.  I was trying to read ‘Conversations With God’ to Everette, but at times the rain was so heavy it was hard to continue, and be heard.

When we got to Quebec City, we had a family discussion as to whether the weather would cooperate and allow us a nice afternoon in the city, or should we continue driving.  The vote was to find a hotel and see the city.  And so we did, and had a great day.

We stayed in Levis, across the St. Lawrence from Quebec, so we took the little ferry across to the city.

The view of the Chateau Frontenac from the ferry.  How majestic is that?!!!

Called the troops in, with no success….

Some surprises we saw…..

Beauty all around

Another ferry ride from whence we came……

The rains were coming and it was a good time to head out.  The Frontenac sitting on the hill is so majestic and photogenic.

We finished the day with a swim at the hotel, and dc off to bed early.  They were tired.

…….and all of us are HAPPY!!!

>A Morning in Montreal

>Honestly, after our awesome evening in romantic Quebec City, Montreal seemed like such a let down.  It was reminiscent to me of Vancouver, with an obvious French twist.  But it wasn’t quaint like Quebec at all.

We’ve been thru the city almost a handful of times now, but this morning Everette and I hit the downtown & Old Town streets by 9am, early enough on a Saturday to park our beast.  We strolled around, following the Walking Route described in the Canada Lonely Planet book.  And here is some of what we saw:

The city’s oldest building, the Seminary, Notre Dame
I think I have ‘a thing’ for clocks.
A flower, too big to hold in my mouth.
We are now in Ottawa for the night, and will tour the Parliament Buildings in the morning, hopefully.
See you later.

>A Walled City…..and More

>All because my sister’s transmission went (near Montreal) while she was driving home from Ontario to Cape Breton, Everette and I are on a Retrieval Mission with our big trusty van.  We left this morning just after 4 am, and this is a bit of where we’ve been and what we’ve seen…..

and this is taken in the opposite direction, from standing on a foot bridge….

It was a beautiful day and a great place to stretch our legs and get circulation in our numb-bums.  This is the beautiful province of Quebec.

And this…….

is the entrance to the walled city of Quebec.  Oh, my, what a beautiful and exciting city.  I’m in love….

said to be the world’s most photographed hotel, was built in 1893.

That’s the Frontenac roofline, as seen when we were walking along the top of the city walled (that was ‘closed’, but…….others were walking up there, too!  Really!)

Above the main street entering the city.

Do I look like I like this city????  I’m a very happy girl!

Some beautiful murals.

The city reminds Everette and I a bit of Victoria, and some of Banff, but….. we like Quebec City better.  Imagine that, coming from true Westerners (hehehe!)  We’ll be back.  Sometime.  And would recommend it for a great honeymoon destination, or anniversary, or any weekend away.

I know Layne and Danaka would love the history here.  Daddy had to take a picture of this statue…..

because he says its what Henty has in his books 😉

And then there are the Plains of Abraham.  Pretty boring to look at

but they play ball out there over them dead bodies, and the history buffs would appreciate it more than I did today. But I can say I went there now!

Ok, this was a great day.  We covered alot of ground driving all day, and taking little side shows.  But the day was A+ as I got to spend it with my wonderful husband, and got to walk holding his hands thru a gorgeous city.  What a treat…..for a Retrieval Mission.

Tomorrow, off to Montreal.