Canada! The land of Beavers, Bieber and Brrrr
Trip Start May 04, 2011
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Snow, forts, gates
Waking up the next morning and looking out the window from my hotel was amazing to see such a different setting and feel like I was in France when I turned on the tv to French speaking talk shows. However, that Gotye song is on every 5 mins over here and in the US. Funny for me because I’ve never heard this song when played in Australia and yet I am being bombarded with it halfway across the globe where it is Top 5. The hotel is amazing! In the limited research I conducted on QC, I had seen this building and then found out that the Chateau was actually a hotel and I thought that it would be great to stay there but surely I couldn’t afford it for my 3 nights here. But my room is only $150/n and perfect. This hotel was where Churchill and Roosevelt met during World War 2 to nut out the D-day landings and general war strategy. Lots of history in a huge hotel.
Staying in the old town meant that everything was within easy walking distance and quite enjoyable to just wander the old streets that have a European feel. With my thermals, new jacket and gloves, I was warm enough and the sky was crystal clear the whole time I was in QC, which was fortunate because a blizzard had come through just last week and apparently the conditions were terrible. Daylight is also present until at least 7pm which is good for a tourist, except the sun seems never to be in a good position for my photos.
QC is the only intact fortified town in N America north of Mexico
On my second day, I explored the lower part of town and some of the museums. A lot of museums are closed or restricted because it is low season, but this was ok by me because I didn’t really have any avid interest to see much here other than the buildings and wander the streets. However paying $14 for a museum where the main exhibits are closed is a bit steep – if the dollar wasn’t so strong, then this place would be ridiculously expensive. I also found the museums tough to navigate and this shits me about museums and galleries in general – why can’t there be arrows on the floor and all in a linear pattern so u don’t double back or cover ground u’ve already passed. I walked up to the Parliament square which is outside the city walls and in the new town. I didn’t stay long up here because it was all 20th century and didn’t interest me. I stumbled across a great cafe that had maple syrup in every product. Funny because I had never thought that maple was such a Canadian thing, but I suppose it is their flag symbol. I had a great 3 course meal in a French restaurant (including a nice hot soup!) before exploring the night views and returning to my Chateau (!) for my final sleep in this picturesque town.