|Subject: Re: Quebec city|
Dear Jane, like Carol said,the changing of the guard at the
Citadel is a good visit.There is a military museum inside,
and the General Governor of Canada (Mrs Clarkson) has an
official residence inside the walls. About her suggestion of
rotating restaurant,it is the restaurant "L'Astral" at the
top of Loews Le Concorde Hotel.
Now I give you my suggestions:
You don't need a car to visit Old Quebec...Have just a good pair of shoes... You should visit "La Place Royale" and Notre-Dame des Victoires Church. Walk on "Rue du Petit Champlain".At the end of this street don't miss the frescoes in the wall of a house. And for less than $3.00 afford you a cruise... on the ferry between Quebec city and Levis;from the deck you will have the most beautiful view on Chateau Frontenac... Climb "broken neck stairs" (escalier casse-cou) or take the funicular and walk Dufferin Terrasse. Wander in the old streets near Hotel-Dieu Hospital and see old houses.In front Hotel-Dieu you can see other frescoes on the walls of the building.
There is a market in the old port:you can buy fruits and vegetables and many regional products ("produits du terroir") like ice cider,wines of Ile d'Orleans, fine cheeses ("Le Riopelle" de l'île aux Grues,"Le Migneron" de Charlevoix,etc).
With your car, you should visit Orleans Island.From Chateau Frontenac it is just 10 minutes ride by the highway.At the tourist office on the island rent the audio-guide;you will have a lot of informations on history,people,etc.The island has about 42 miles of circumference.Very beautiful.
Don't miss Montmorency Falls, near the bridge to cross to Orleans Island.
An other interesting visit is Mont Ste-Anne Park (a famous ski center).Take the cable car and at the top you have a spectacular view on the river,the mountains. On your way,stop at Ste-Anne Basilica where a lot of pilgrims come on 26 July of each year.Mont Ste-Anne is a 45 minutes ride by car from Quebec.
If you can afford,have a nice supper in a famous restaurant like:Le Laurie Raphaël in the old port. Danie Vézina is a young an talented chief. Le Saint Amour is also a very good restaurant in the old Quebec.Jean-Luc Boulay is the chief.
If you have more questions,just write us.In september we spend 2 weeks in Arles (Provence)and 1 week in Paris.So we will not be free for a GTG. And don't worry,you are welcome and we are sure that people will try to help you even if our English is not perfect...
Bienvenue à Québec
Marc Hawey Cécile Gareau Quebec city