A Travelogue on Quebec City

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This is a detailed account of a wonderful visit to that magical place, Quebec City. Wander through the narrow cobble-stoned streets with its medieval buildings and so very much more...enjoy

The History of Quebec City

I have always wanted to visit French Canada and so when the opportunity arose to be in Quebec City at the time of the SAQ New France Festival, a yearly extravaganza I quickly packed my bags. Venturing into a new and different part of the world is every traveller’s dream - to experience local cuisine, visit historical places and enjoy unusual sights and sounds.

Situated at the junction of major rivers, ‘Kebec’, the Algonquin name for ‘where the river narrows’ became a meeting place for the Indian tribes - the First Nations - and part of an area later to be named French Canada. It was in 1535 that Jacques Cartier sailed up the St. Lawrence River and made contact with the Algonquin tribe, but it was not till 1608, when Samuel de Champain dropped anchor near Cape Diamond, that the small French city of Quebec was founded.

In 1759, a major battle against the British took place on the nearby Plains of Abraham putting an end to a long siege and French rule. The bitter struggle of Catholic versus Protestant in Europe reflected into the political system with the French-Canadian Catholics on one hand, and the new British Protestant party on the other but after 1763, with the arrival of settlers from Britain, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, cuisine, street names, architecture, even trees and foliage signalled the growing English presence.

Now a mostly French culture pervades this lovely city with its narrow, cobble-stoned streets and medieval buildings. It has been named a World Heritage Treasure because of its unique architectural and historic value, and is considered the cradle of French civilization in North America. French with a local flavour is spoken by many of the inhabitants although English is mostly a common language.

Old Quebec City

Early August is a great time to visit with all the celebrations of the New France Festival and founding of Quebec City taking place. People from all over the world arrive to enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds of Old Quebec, and to dress up in period costumes. Partying almost all around the clock, with parades, wine samplings, local delicacies, cruises along the St. Lawrence River and one of the most dazzling shows at the Solstice Loto-Québec International Fireworks Competition where fireworks and music create a truly magnificent experience.

In the heart of Old Québec, overlooking the Saint Lawrence River, is the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Québec's fabled fairytale château. Offering warm hospitality, renowned cuisine and unparalleled charm with 618 luxurious guest rooms, 3 restaurants and a modern health club and swimming pool, it is featured on the Conde Nast Gold List, and is a 4-diamond hotel! Each bedroom is unique and all are stocked with deliciously decadent lush white towel coats and towels, fragrant body care items, pure white linen sheets and big, bouncy pillows and duvets. High-Speed internet access is available in all rooms. With over 100 years of experience, this hotel is the perfect venue for the Business Traveller with its 14 meeting rooms, a business centre and professional audio-visual equipment rental company on site!

It is but a short walk from the hotel into the centre of Old Quebec where streets are filled with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques and stores. You can shop at your leisure for exotic gifts, the latest fashions in clothes and shoes, local hand made Indian artefacts and jewellery. Be sure to visit Café Paillard to sample home baked breads and cakes and sandwiches– definitely a place to stop for coffee and a pastry, and do buy a ticket to ride the Funiculaire du Vieux-Québec – a grand way to get a bird’s eye view of the surrounding countryside.

Visiting downtown Quebec City and the Island of Orleans

The local public market situate in downtown Quebec abounds in local produce, meats and fish and stalls loaded with fresh vegetables and salads and herbs. A dazzling array of home baked croissant and brioche and tarts tempt you to taste and buy and there are masses of fragrant flowers in every shade and colour. If you are interested in foliage and landscape, there are many sites filled with peace and beauty to be visited: Jardin Saint-Roch – a public garden, the Jardin Roger-Van den Hende and the Maison Henry-Stuart.

Another must is wine tasting at Vignoble de l'Isle de Bacchus located amidst the enchanting scenery of the Island of Orleans. Here you can taste their award-winning ice wine and some of the reds, whites and rosés produced in the European style tradition. Find time to visit one of the heritage homes that evoke the rich past of the island - one of the most beautiful being The Manoir Montmorency that was built in 1780 by the British Governor Sir John Haldimand and home to the Duke of Kent, Queen Victoria’s father, during his stay in Québec City. Unfortunately this lovely Manoir burnt down but was rebuilt in 1993 retaining its original charm.

Wintertime...another visit I hope

Of course, wintertime – all aglitter with holiday cheer and snow can be a wonderful time to visit this most European of cities in Northern America and when I do, I will tempt you to visit once again.

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I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar Pradeep Kumar B
12th Jun 2012 (#)

I enjoyed reading this travelogue very much cn. You are a great writer.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Jun 2012 (#)

thank you Pradeep...I so appreciate your feedback..namaste

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
12th Jun 2012 (#)

and thank you again Steve...mon cher ami....

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Jun 2012 (#)

Okay, this one I haven't travelled to so it is on my to do list now. Good review.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
12th Jun 2012 (#)

Although my family does live in Edmonton and Kingston.

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author avatar vpaulose
13th Jun 2012 (#)

Interesting info on Quebec. Thank you CN.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
13th Jun 2012 (#)

thank you vpaulose...

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author avatar Buzz
17th Jun 2012 (#)

HUGS...

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
17th Jun 2012 (#)

back to you love...

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author avatar D in The Darling
18th Jun 2012 (#)

This is so beautiful. I love all of it!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
18th Jun 2012 (#)

thank you so much...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
19th Jun 2012 (#)

So inviting, Carolina. Thanks for this lovely article - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
19th Jun 2012 (#)

thank you Siva...

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author avatar LOVERME
2nd Jul 2012 (#)

perhaps you could have given the wall painting
where there is a gap
for each passerby to pose An extraordinary city Quebec

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