Apr 18, 2012
Jun 13, 2012
We made a late start to the day, after fortifying ourselves with a picnic breakfast in our room, and headed out through the ramparts and onto Rue St Jean heading for the Musee des Beaux-Arts du Quebec. We took a roundabout route, heading out through towards the Montcalm area. We then climbed up and over a hilly side street to drop down onto the Grand Allee, heading in the direction of the museum and noting the different architectural styles. The museum entrance fee was waived to visit certain floors (I think because we were of a certain age) but then when we went to check our tiny daypacks (not allowed in the museum) the fee required was $3 EACH daypack. This was so unlike the McCord museum in Montreal where our packs went into a $1 refundable coin locker, and the lass on reception loaned us a coin because we didn't have the right one! It just reinforced our opinion that Quebec was out to wring out every cent it could from its tourists. We declined to visit the 'free' museum and headed off along the Plains of Abraham park. Going quite a long way and then looping back to walk through a delightful wooded path, high above the river. At the Citadel we followed the ramparts back to the Parliament House and Esplanade Park (from where we could just make out the dormer window of our hotel room). After collecting supplies for a late lunch we headed back to our room. We ventured out late in the afternoon for a stroll through Place d'Youville to enjoy the ambience and collect something for dinner (which seemed considerably more expensive than Montreal).