Creative Quebec City

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Mar 16, 2009


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Centre Intl. De Sejour

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

IMH: We heard Quebec state and Quebec City is beautiful, but I wasn't prepared for exactly how unique Quebec City really is. Quebec has been fighting for their independence from the rest of Canada and I now sort-of understand why they say they are different. We entered the city driving past the huge Battle Fields Park, where England and France clashed, along a street filled with finely dressed people and bistros and cafes spilling over onto the pavement. We felt right at home in this welcoming city!

Quebec City, celebrating its 400th birthday this year, is the only city with city walls north of Mexico City and it is not any old wall, it's an impressive castle-like wall. It is difficult to explain in words exactly what Quebec City is, especially with English as my second language, that I will leave it to Ryan's photos to do most of the talking. To put it in context, the city is that special that Unesco proclaimed the ENTIRE Old Town, which is inside the city walls, as a World Heritage site. Considering the number of tour busses entering daily, we're not the only ones appreciating this city.

We tried to make the most of our two nights and 1.5 days in the city. The hostel where we were staying made it that much easier as it location and facilities were great. This is by far the best big hostel we stayed in so far on our trip and we've probably stayed in 80+ hostels around the world by now.

We walked a portion of the wall and the promenade along the river, enjoyed the live street performances in celebration of the city's birthday and also did the VivaCite Trail. This is a trail recommended and detailed in the Quebec City tourism brochure and was absolutely amazing! The path is very well thought out, covers most of the important and interesting sites of this terraced city and is marked-out on the road to allow any foreigner to easily explore this splendid city with ease.

Unfortunately as in Montreal, we did not have much time to visit history or art museums, but tried to get a feel for the city. We saw many little churches, the oldest grocery store in North America (1871), Place-Royale - the cradle of French civilisation in North America, the very impressive Chateau Frontenac - the world's most photographed hotel.

A specific site in the city with outside and covered areas is dedicated to the 400th birthday celebration, Espace 400e, from June to October this year. The site boasts free outdoor exhibitions, live performances by a wide variety of artists, scheduled talks and movies on Quebec. We had a great time and learnt a lot about the city.

I would have loved to stay longer in this fascinating city, but there were whales to be spotted in Tadoussac.
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