Quebec City 8/17 – 8/24 (part 2)

After a day of wandering aimlessly through the streets of Old Quebec, we decided that the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour of the city would be an easier way to see the highlights and identify places to return to for longer visits.  The commentary was canned and did not do a great job of identifying the main sights, but it was still a great way to get a look around the city.

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On the Hop-On, Hop-Off tour

The trip begins on the Terrasse Dufferin, as we load into a double decker bus equipped with multi-lingual headphones.  Somehow the driver eases the huge bus through the narrow streets and aggressive traffic.  We pass by old cobblestoned town squares in the Old City.  The road winds and turns, then passes between ancient buildings to head down to the road that runs alongside the river.  After the touristy cluster of shops and restaurants, there are a string of very old, quaint homes.  A little further along the river, there is construction going on to replace industrial with scenic.  Quebec is investing a lot in restoration these days.

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A cobblestone town square
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The plaque on the Cathedral Notre-Dame Des-Victoires
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At home on the riverside

The bus circles back along the river, headed for the more modern parts of the city.  One of the first stops looks very promising so we hop off.  This is the Marche du Vieux.  In other words, a farmers market.  The market is loaded with fresh vegetables, fish, cheeses, fruits, ice cream, and pastries, all fresh and locally produced.

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The new city is a mix of modern skyscrapers and classic old, stolid offices with gleaming metal mansard roofs.  One of our stops is at the tallest building in town.  The top floor has a 360 degree view of the city, as well as displays detailing Quebec’s history.  From here, we can see the old and the new, the river and the city, the walls and fort.

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Looking down on the Old City, Parliament in the foreground, Frontenac by the river.
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The Citadel stands guard over the river

Back on the bus for more of the new city.  There are neighborhoods close in to the city that are lined with stately old apartments made of stone.  At street level there are restaurants of many styles and ethnics, and, this being summer, the sidewalks are lined with tables and chairs for dining al fresco.

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We admire the many parks and open green spaces we pass through.  There is not enough time to inspect everything so there are a few spots we check off for later visits; the Musees de la Civilisation, the Citadelle, the Plains of Abraham, the Parliament Building.

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The Parliament Building is the capitol of Quebec
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The Quebec Assembly chamber
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Stained glass feature over the main stairway of Parliament

Too soon, we are back on the Terrasse.  Back down the hillside via winding streets and old, worn stairs.  Onto the ferry and across the river.  Back down the boardwalk to our rental.  There is too much to do and see in Quebec to take it all in in a few days.  Maybe some day we will pass this way again.

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The streets of Old Quebec City
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More fireworks over the river

Next up: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

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We are two recent retirees who decided to sell the house, pull up stakes, and explore North America. We are both being tourists and looking for the right blend of people, place, and geography that makes for the perfect place to retire.

3 thoughts on “Quebec City 8/17 – 8/24 (part 2)”

  1. Welcome to Canada! Love that you are enjoying the eastern part of our country. Thank you for sharing your travels and I look forward to your blogs from the coast.

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