I am in Quebec City for the weekend. The old town in Quebec City is like a small piece of Europe dropped into Canada. The old town has been preserved with the old fortress walls and cannons pointed out over the St. Lawrence River. Its streets are narrow, steep and winding. The buildings, made out of stone, are full of character. The old town is home to churches, a seminary, the City Hall, and the Chateau Frontenac. Quebec City is a photographer’s dream; everywhere we look, there are frames full of beauty; spires and copper trimmed roofs set against a blue sky; winding streets punctuated with curvaceous window frames; gated courtyards; and parks with sculptures, statues and murals.
Quebec City is a walking city. I came here last summer with my daughter and we walked six and seven hours a day. That is what one does in Quebec City; walk, eat wonderful food, and walk some more. This is my first time in Quebec City in the winter and I am enchanted. The City’s sites are thrown into greater relief because of the backdrop of white snow. Icy surfaces glitter in the sunlight like jewels. The St. Lawrence River, dark and brooding in the summer, is a sea of ice in the winter. In the distance, the ice looks solid and white, but off the Terrace at the Chateau Frontenac, the river is open with large slabs of white ice moving quickly with a current that is hidden in the summer. This weekend, the river of ice is dotted with canoes!! People are rowing across the river in small canoes between and over slabs of ice!!
I love the Québécois; warm, animated and full of life. My husband and I went out for a walk late last night. The City was transformed with lights shining out of the windows of hotels, bistros and pubs, and on spires, copper roofs, and rock walls. It was biting cold (-10 degrees C) but the streets were full of people; teenagers travelling in small packs, families with children, young and old; all bundled in jackets, scarves and hats; enjoying the wonders of a clear winter night. The Québécois; a people who have learned how to live in a harsh environment; a people who embrace the dark and cold; a people who find joy in every day life. Vive la difference!
- 3 Must-do’s in Quebec City (twoweeksvacation.wordpress.com)