Quebec City and the Wonder-bus

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 16, 2012

Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Wow, I've really been slack with entries the last couple of days. I've been meaning to write this entry but it's been a) hard to charge find a free power outlet to charge my laptop and; b) exhausting at my hostel. I have to stay up late as the room is so hot. Their are no fans or air-conditioning in the room and my bed is practically on the ceiling so by morning I've been waking in a sweat from the heat. On Monday, I woke at 6:00am and had to have a shower just to cool down. I tried to go back to sleep afterward but I just started overheating again. 

Outside the hostel it was much cooler and as I had my breakfast on the balcony I decided to make and early start and walk up to Mount Royal Lookout. I set off at 7:00am and in retrospect I'm really glad I did it at this time before the heat of the day - otherwise I don't think I would have made it! It was a rather epic 3 hour uphill walk in total (including a detour to the lake) However when I did reach the chateau lookout I was rewarded with spectacular views of the city and harbour. Arriving back home with Jelly legs I decided to have a sleep. That night I had an lovely dinner at a chinese restaurant with some well earned spring rolls, beef, vegetables and rice.

The next day was again an early start. Waking up at 6:30am in order to be downtown at the pick-up for my Quebec tour. I had booked the tour only a couple of days prior and my original choices had already been booked out. I was still able to get into this budget tour even though it was apparently late notice. It turned out to be English & Chinese speaking tour, although the majority of passengers spoke Chinese. Still, it was a break from French and I was excited to be on the rickety 'wonder bus' on the way to Quebec! I was assigned to a seat at the back of the bus and despite having a chinese youth trying falling asleep on me for most of the 3 hour drive, I was resolved to try and enjoy the scenery. 

Montmorency falls were our first stop. We had an hour to take the cable care to the top of the falls, walk across the bridge, explore the area and take some photos. These falls were not as spectacular to look at as Niagra Falls, however we were advised that their height was actually higher.

We had an all you can eat buffet lunch in which I'm ashamed that I had a plate of meat, pasta and vegetables followed by seconds of sweet and sour chicken, and then a plate of desert including jelly and sticky date pudding. I justified it on the long walk I had done the day before....

We arrived in Quebec and our first stop was the lookout where we were able to clearly see the separation of the old and new city. Quebec is the only fortified wall city in North America so the boundaries are very distinct. 

Our final stop was a visit to the Old City where we has two free hours to roam and explore. The city was amazing and very quaint :- I think the maybe the recipe for creating a beautiful city can be broken down into this.
Old World Cham + Built next to Water + Steep Hilly Terrain + Cobble Stones + Flower pots = Beautiful City
The architecture of Chateau Frontenac, a working hotel was magnificent. Overall Quebec city in the summer was stunning and I would really love to go back and spend more time there.
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Tristan on

Keep them coming honey, loving the pictures.

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