View from our hotel window. These folks fly their flag(s) proudly.
This was my morning view as I strolled toward old Quebec, very picturesque with the Laurentian Mts. in the background.
The Quebecois are very supportive of the fine arts and encourage lots of sculpture. The logging industry was big business here at one point in their history.
Samuel de Champlain holds a prominent position in this city - very central and very large.
A view from the upper part of old Quebec looking towards the St. Lawrence. Cruise ships frequent this port but must come around Ile d'Orleans as this part of the river is too shallow.
And if you want your roof to stand out - paint it red!
A street view from lower Quebec with Chateau Frontenac on the upper level. Quebec is a compact city and very hilly - I have certainly had my exercise the last few days!
In the lower part of Quebec there are intricately painted trompe de l'oeil. Really stunning to look at and amusing to watch children try to continue up the path.
Another trompe de l'oeil. So beautiful.
There are many street musicians (buskers) in Quebec and a lot of them seem to be middle age. This guy was playing a harp and to my uneducated ears was very talented.
This gives you a sense of how steep the walls are here and the imaginative use of fire escape patios.
Another musician playing the kettle drums but it was all one piece and I'm not sure what the horn was but the music was really neat.
One of the 4 gates leading into old Quebec.
This was an open window shop and the smell of popcorn coming out this large window was too enticing. We stopped and purchased an expensive bag of popcorn on our way to Crepuscule. We were both amazed at this outdoor, after dark performance and bonus, it was free!!
View of the Bassin Louise - many dollars tied up here!!
I ventured out one day with the purpose of finding a staircase from lower Quebec up to the Plains of Abraham - kind of retracing General Wolfe's steps and after seeing how steep it was, questioned my sanity - it was a very hot day and had already walked 5 km but determination won out and up I went. 396 steep steps later, I was quite exhausted but satisfied I had accomplished it.
The Plains of Abraham - the thought of over 1200 soldiers dying or injured here made me pause and and think about the pivotal role this battle played in Canada's history.
Giant flower pots (think Alice in Wonderland) adorn a roundabout in Quebec City. New Minas???
Our last night's stroll along the river with a very romantic full moon to guide our way.
Quebec hosts an international fireworks competition and we were treated to an amazing display over the St. Lawrence River on our last evening. Thank-you!!
If you ever have an opportunity to visit this beautiful, romantic, historical city, I would highly recommend it. Photos of Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, Montmorency Falls, Albert Gilles Copper Art Museum, chocolaterie de L'Ile d'Orleans, can be found through the links - all places I saw and loved. A very memorable trip, ranking in the top 5 trips I've taken in my life.