Quebec City has always felt like a little piece of Europe in my Home and Native Land. This past week we were lucky enough to visit when I had a meeting for 1.5 days and then we stuck around for another 1.5 days. We stayed in the Old City – totally mind-blowing when you read signs about it being established in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. All of my grade school social studies about the history of Canada came flooding back to me as we walked around the city. So did little snippets of French vocabulary…in fact I think I actually understood some discussions.
So what did we do? Well, we walked for miles and miles…and went on a little tour of the Old City provided by a colleague of mine who lives in QC. That included a ride up a very steep hill in a funicular. We also walked up that super steep hill/stairs more than once and as I write this, my calves are still quivering. I took a bus tour wayyyyy back in 1997 from Montreal to Quebec City and had remembered visiting a waterfall just off the highway so we also borrowed the hotel’s cruiser bikes and went for a ‘35-45 minute’ bike ride to the falls. An hour later in +30 degree heat, we were there parched but rewarded with a lovely view of the falls. We also made our way to the semi-final game of the Memorial Cup between the Quebec Remparts and the Kelowna Rockets, which, although being a blowout, was pretty cool to watch in such a historic rink. We visited the Plains of Abraham and walked on the outside of the Citadel, along the St. Lawrence River to the Chateau Frontenac, in beautiful sunny weather as well as in pouring rain. We also ate lots of great food – from fine dining, to more our style (i.e. burgers and tasty baked goods), it was all scrumptious.
All in all, another awesome little getaway for us. Lots of history being immersed in the Old City and our hotel, Hotel 71, was a funky little boutique hotel with amazing staff and service.