Quebec City: an ickle piece of France
Trip Start Apr 29, 2005
25Trip End Aug 18, 2005
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Well as you can probably imagine, after the stressful experience of our last day in Montreal, we desperately wanted to move on. After paying for a new window we zoomed up the motorway to explore Quebec City. We decided to go with the university of Laval for accommodation, one of the cheaper options! Thankfully, it was nicely situated on the major road entering Quebec so there were no getting lost dilemmas. In true uni styly the rooms were small but cosy.
Anyways, after a well deserved nights rest we did internet stuff for a bit and then headed into the city. We spent a couple of hours wondering around and seeing what the city had to offer. With Quebec City being such a popular tourist destination and one of the top 3 places to visit in Canada, there were quite a few of them around as well as merchandise
Laura and Kate decided to take off to the mall to invest in some clothes for Kate while Bec and I carried on wondering and discovered really cute areas of the city. After a traditional french cafe dinner we aimlessly tried to find the bus stop but kept on getting distracted and randomly walking down interesting looking cobbled side streets.
Once we got back to uni we headed to the student pub which was packed. We got a few beers in, danced and enjoyed being surrounded by crazy students again!
The following and last day in Quebec City we split into 2 as we wanted to do different things. So Bec and I took off into town and tried to squeeze in as many things as possible. The only thing was that it was windy and I mean WINDY. Grannies were literally being blown across the street! We fought our way towards the Citadelle and paid to go on a tour of the old fort which is historically important to Quebec. We then popped next door to see the plaines dĀbraham`where we played dead and took demented pictures of ourselves- old battle field you see. Then we went to the convent + chapel (my old nuns would be proud- the first girls school in North America), then the city hall and basilica
Bye for now,
So Kate and i headed in to the city a little later, first stop the boulangerie! Here we had a lesuirely lunch which we finished up with yummy chocalatines and mini hazelnut muffins. Then we headed to the Petit Rue to Champlain, the narrowest road in North America. This was a cute cobbled street full of old style buildings, a bit like a Cathedral town such as Norwich or Canterbury with a touch of France. As Armelle said earlier it was seriously windy, had to make several stops to sort out contact lenses becuase of the dust and at one point kate and i were actually hit by flying rubbish and branches. Next we went on the fennicular down to the bottom of town and wandered the streets looking at the various murals and statues (they seem to have a statue for everything). After we had decided it was far to cold and windy to be outside we walked along the city walls and visited the Quebec Parliament. On the walk back to our rooms, we saw a baby beaver, - our first major wildlife sighting on the trip!- for some reason living in a rock!- Perhaps it got lost?? Then in true Kate style, we ended the day in the University of Laval, LE PUB` with her favourite food Nachos this time au poulet!