The Streets of Old Québec City

August 13, 2012

Last week, we were on vacation on a whirlwind trip to New York City and then a road trip north across the border to two places we’ve always dreamed of visiting, Montréal and Québec City.  We loved both!

After visiting, I have discovered Québec City to be one of the most beautiful and charming places in all of North America.  (Pics from Montréal next week).  Québec City is so European in feel and flavor, we absolutely loved our days spent roaming the winding brick and cobblestone streets.  It’s one of those places where if you allow yourself to wander, around every bend you discover something new and completely enchanting.

 

We spent most of our time in the old part of town which is filled with colorful homes and small hotels with European flair, the architecture featuring dormers, lanterns, and window boxes aplenty.

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Meander down the streets and you’ll find block after block of historic buildings, restaurants, and shops to explore.

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At the heart is Chateau Frontenac, which is now a Fairmont hotel, but quite a stunning structure.

When in Quebec, one must eat like the locals, my favorite specialties were the fondue (seriously, what’s not to love about fried cheese?) and crepes, oh the crepes! Fluffy wonderful thin pancakes available at both breakfast and lunch, choose them sweet or savory.  All around you’ll hear the residents speaking in their native French, but those working in the tourist industry were very cordial and kind enough to answer in English despite our rudimentary efforts to speak the language!

The one thing that kept my camera clicking was the painted doors of the old city, no doubt attributable to my obsession with all things home!  There is no fear of color here, in fact, with the cobblestone and brick exteriors playing the role of the neutral blank canvas, painted trim, mullions, and doors are part of the colorful character of the town, so I couldn’t wait to share some favorites with you!

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Beautiful, right?  Which one is your favorite?

If you’ve never been to Québec City, definitely put in on your list of places to visit in your lifetime.  You’ll find you leave a little piece of your heart there, and you’ll likely be tempted to paint your front door !

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