Sharing Quebec City – Bienvenue!

JRS Welcome to Quebec CityRather spontaneously, Justin and I decided to take an extended weekend away to celebrate our dating anniversary by heading to Quebec City.  In one fell swoop we booked our flights and hotel and before we knew it, we were on our way. I barely had time to remember that I’m afraid of flying! Good thing too because our connecting flight was tiny (only 19 rows) and if I’d thought about it too hard, I might have chickened out!

I’m so glad I didn’t because start to finish this trip was a delight, from our taxi driver who told us to expect four seasons of weather in one day (true!) to arriving in the old city centre and seeing this little boo.

JRS Auberge Place d'Armes

Then there was our hotel – beautiful! We were upgraded to this lovely room and though we were worried it was going to rain throughout the trip, this suddenly made cozying up and listening to the rain seem like not such a bad option! It was a perfect combination of old world charm and modern luxuries. We were able to walk everywhere we wanted to go and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. We took a few moments to settle in and then immediately grabbed our cameras and headed out the door!

JRS Art Lane Quebec

Steps away was this amazing artist’s row. Within moments we were learning about the popularity of copper etching in Quebec City and seeing all sorts of representations of parts of the city we would come to know and love.

La Promenade des Gouverneurs

Next we found our way down to La Promenade des Gouverneurs, a wonderful, wide walkway that gives you beautiful views of the city and the powerful St. Lawrence River. We walked the entire length of it and found ourselves on the Plains of Abraham.

JRS Plains of Abraham

This is the location of a pivotal moment in Canadian history. In 1759 the British defeated the French and took control of Quebec, changing the path of this land forever. While we were contemplating this place and our history, school groups were doing re-enactments – one group representing the English and one, the French. There was enthusiastic marching, yelling and charging! As with so many things during our visit, this felt so like home, so my culture, so my history, so a part of the fibre of our lives, from it being wonderfully corny to it being incredibly politically complex.

Chateau Frontenac

No matter how far we walked, the beautiful Chateau Frontenac was our landmark. No wonder it is the most photographed hotel in the world! We even managed to do a little exploration in the hotel, including discovering these amazing tiny circular hideaways for drinks overlooking the river!

JRS Quebec Government Buildings

As rain started to make an appearance, we decided to walk back to our hotel and passed by the incredibly impressive government building. It was full of statues of historical figures from Samuel de Champlain and the very beginnings of Quebec to more recent politicians like Maurice Duplessis and Robert Bourassa.

St Lawrence River

We’d only been in Quebec an afternoon and already we’d walked miles and miles and fallen in love with the beauty, the history, the character of the place

JRS Jamie & Justin & the Citadelle

Despite the grey and the rain, we knew we had picked just the right place for us to visit.

Dinner at D'Orsay

We ended our day at the D’Orsay, enjoying steak frites and locally brewed beer. Perfect. And that was only day 1!

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3 comments

  1. Lucie says:

    Great pics Jamie! As a side note, the English did not defeat the French on the Plaines d’Abraham. The story is told this way and is a gross oversimplification. Both Wolfe and Montcalm died on the field, and both parties retired without a clear feeling of winning or losing. The long winter came. Everybody in the colony, English and French, were anxiously looking forward to spring to see the boats from Europe arriving on the St-Lawrence river with provisions, supplies and news. Which boat cracked open the maritime season that following year? English or French? English of course. THAT determined which side won the battle. At the time, England was dominated the seas with its huge float and experienced army, and as usual, France has typically abandoned or, neglected caring for its colonies.

    • Jamie says:

      Thanks, Lucie! And thanks for sharing the more in-depth history. When we were at Les Musee de la Civilisation I so appreciated the complexities and shadings of our history, in this instance and in so many more!

  2. John says:

    That’s awesome, Jamie! And boy! – did I want a better peek of artist’s row. Now I want to go to Quebec. Love the pictures, and the happy couple!

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