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"Let's go to Quebec City,"
he said, and so we did.

Sometimes you just need an adventure. We bought our train tickets for the next day but didn't make any progress at finding a hotel, not that we were worried. School had started and we knew tourist numbers would be down, and on the 5 hour 45 minute train ride from Ottawa, we had time to find and make a hotel reservation from the train.

About an hour away from Old Quebec, the train attendant recommended the hotel where Via Rail employees stay and we booked that. Perfect, since we were arriving just before 10 pm and it was a short walk from the historic Gare du Palais, the train station. It would also be convenient for our morning train, 3 days later.

Left, lit up at night, the Gare du Palais has an almost fairy tale look. Built in 1915, it resembles the Chateau Frontenac in its architecture.

Old Quebec, is a UNESCO world heritage site and the only fortified city North of Mexico. To visit it is like experiencing a tiny piece of Europe complete with French language, fabulous French culture, and 400 years of French North American history. The site for the city was chosen for its easy to defend location meaning high cliffs. We experienced some of that the next morning on our way to breakfast.


The stairs, above, were the quick way up to the old city. At the top, I paused to hack up a lung take a photo. Okay, we're in reasonable shape, but I must warn you about all of the stairs. Your reward for overcoming this hurdle is crepes for breakfast. We chose a different spot each morning.


My crepe has cheese, mushroom and spinach in it but I want to point out the container to the left. That's maple syrup and it's so common here, they don't mention it on the menu! Canada is the world's leading producer of maple syrup and the province of Quebec produces 92% of it.


Oh, baby, dessert with breakfast, heavenly. We waddled on.

The first day, we decided to check out the Dufferin Terrace and then make our way over to the Plains of Abraham. And towering over the terrace is the most photographed hotel in the world, the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.

Construction of the hotel began in 1892, opening in 1893. Between 1899 and 1924, three wings and an 80 metre (260') tower were added. You can see in the photo, right, that a little renovation is underway. There is constant upkeep or reconstruction on the old buildings here.

The terrace is 671 metres (733.81 yards) long. From it, you have views of Île d’Orléans, the St. Lawrence River, and Quebec City’s Lower Town.

In winter, a toboggan slide runs down the stairs and along the terrace, and your toboggan can reach speeds of up to 70 km (43.5 miles) per hour.




The view from the terrace, below. I took this photo the next day when the weather was a little more cooperative.


Now we will head along the terrace, up the stairs, and along the walk behind the Citadelle.

By the time I took the photo, below, we had already climbed a huge flight of stairs and we appreciated the bench on the right where we could pass out rest a little.

They call this a great walking city but I'm pretty sure they don't mean this part!

A little further along, you won't see anything other than wall and trees as we walk behind the Citadelle, a star-shaped fort. When it was built between 1820 and 1850, it was the largest British fortress in North America, and it's still the secondary residence of the Canadian monarch and the Governor General of Canada.

By the way, there are no drones allowed over this working military installation.


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Without being here, it is difficult to grasp the height and steepness of the cliff. When the British attacked in 1759, it was impossible for them to scale these cliffs. They landed their ships a little further up the St. Lawrence river where the shore line wasn't so steep. We're heading in that direction now.


This is the view from Cap Diamant (Cape Diamond). Behind it are the Plains of Abraham where British General Wolfe's troops defeated French General Montcalm's troops in a battle for Quebec City and the surrounding area. The battle is known as The Battle of the Plains of Abraham (after a local farmer named Abraham Martin who owned the land) and also the Battle of Quebec.


The 98 hectare (242.16 acre) Plains of Abraham, above, was Canada's first National Historic Park.

We looked in horror at the dark sky that had been hidden from our view by the wall. At this point, we thought we better head back to the city -- quickly.


We hurried by the Citadelle, now along another side, above. Still nothing to see unless you find those doors exciting.


Above, is the Parliament building that houses Quebec's National Assembly.


In the photo, above, is the nearby French fountain caught in a moment of sunlight. Old Quebec is full of beautiful fountains and statues.

The downpour started as we reached the heart of the old city. We ducked into a couple of gift shops but the rain didn't stop and the umbrella we bought wasn't enough. Thinking we would have to wait it out, we headed into the first bar we could find. Here, I was suddenly reminded of my spring drinking trip to Manchester...


Quebec makes some wonderful beers and I was somehow convinced to try them. lol. Local beers are indicated by the Fleur-de-lis in the menu, below.


The rain let up a short time later.

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...continued in Walk with me around Old Quebec ~ Day 2 of 2


Old Quebec
Citadelle of Quebec
Gare du Palais - Quebec City Railway Station


All photos were taken by me with my Canon SX620 HS, in Old Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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I hope you enjoyed Day 1 of my Old Quebec tour. In my next post, we'll go to the very scenic Lower Town.

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Quebec city looks very peaceful and lovely. I particularly like the architectural designs of the buildings.

Thanks! You will want to see my next post on Old Quebec's Lower Town.

looking forward to it!

Thank you for inviting me to this beautiful walk.
Hahaha, I virtually, don't have to "hack up a lung".
I love the detail you give to the information.
For example, the slide on the terrace in winter, and the speed it reaches. Wow! Good data to avoid slipping through it. LOL
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I have so many photos of stairs, I might do a post just on those. lol
Thanks for dropping by.

very nice plaace =)

You would love it. Thanks for dropping by.

Old architecture is stunning, not so sure about those gazillion stairs but the breakfasts looked enticing perhaps enough to fuel up energy levels to conquer the stairs during the day.

Super green along the walkways with splendid views, lovely photography share deserved that !BEER at the end of the day, thanks for taking us with you @kansuze

In my next post where we go down the cliff to Lower Town, I will show you the funiculaire. Thanks for dropping by.

I look forward to that, now following you here in Travelfeed.

I imagine it was a relaxing thing to walk a little on those sides, it looks cold haha, tell me the food is very tasty? Greetings and beautiful photos♡

Actually, it wasn't cold at all. Most people were wearing light rain jackets or t-shirts, and the rain was warm. The trip around the Citadelle is much longer than it looks in the photos!

What you need to know about food is that old world cooking met new world spices in Montreal and Quebec City. The food is fabulous. Thanks for dropping by.

Thank you thank you; I have lived five hours from Quebec City for most of my life and still never been. I have been viewing pictures of it online and have been wanting to go so badly; viewing a well photographed and thought out blog post like this is so much fun.
I hear you can avoid the stairs in the old town if you ride the Funiculaire:) cannopt wait to hear more of your trip!!!

The funiculaire goes from the terrace to Lower Town. We rode it up on the second day. If you had a hotel within the wall, which we didn't, you might be able to avoid big stairs but there are still slopes. Don't worry about speaking French as it's a tourist area. I'm lucky my friend is bilingual and had once lived there and knew his way around. It was my third trip and I love it so I hope you go.

I hope so to. I live in LA now and it is more of a stretch but hopefully one day. Maybe a road trip with my mom.

I would love to take my mom somewhere like that.

Thanks for a great tour of Quebec! I've never been there so I appreciate the effort you put into this post.

I'm glad you liked it. I enjoy doing big posts like this and I was fortunate enough to make the trip. Sorting through over 100 photos to choose 20 is another story! lol

I bet you will think of a way to use the other 80 photos!

At least 30 of them! lol. I'm part way through writing day 2 of this post. I enjoy the little research I do almost as much as taking the photos.

I agree. I have learned so much by doing research for my posts!

QC is so cool... nice pics!!

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dear @kansuze, from hardened travelers like us I can't but admire this post of yours and add old quebec to the list of places to visit !! your photos are very beautiful and give a real meaning to your visit along with all the details you tell !! and those crepes .... must have been delicious !! what time of year did you go? do you think it's enough two days for the visit? look forward to the next post :-))

Hey @road2horizon, this was just last week. We only had 4 days free and I had to be home last Friday night so we had a morning train last Friday. I would probably give it a week or longer. Old Quebec is a year round destination. It's busiest in summer but famous for its winter carnival and probably gorgeous when the leaves change colour which could start any time between now and the Canadian Thanksgiving (second Monday in October). Here is my second post.

thanks for the link to your second post, the beautiful historic center of this old city !! I think you're right: in the autumn, when nature changes its dress, it must be wonderful !! thanks for sharing .-))

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If you wouldn't have said that this was Canada I would indeed think that you were somewhere in Europe. The architecture is very similar to what we have here.

It's a great place but you must be in a good shape to conquer these stairs! :) I was surprised when I visited Lisbon for the first time that everything was either up and down and there are many stairs in the city. Old Quebec reminds me of that.

Great photos and great walk! Thank you for sharing and have a good start of the week!