Subject: Quebec City
Hi Ziners,

My sisters and I enjoyed a short break in Quebec City last weekend. It was grey and rainy but the city is as charming as always. Our accomodation was well located, just behind Chateau Frontenac and within the walls of the old city. Breakfasts were leisurely affairs in our own kitchenette. Friendly staff and underground parking right across the street. http://hotelmarierollet.com/en/apartments.aspx We had a look at the ground floor 2-bedroom apartment and we thought it charming. Beware, though, there is no elevator. The manager carried our luggage up for us, though.

This visit we spent a rainy Saturday morning in the Museum of Civilization. Reviews seemed to say it was innovative but to me, it was similar to the museum of the same name in Ottawa (which, in my opinion, is even better). However it was worthwhile. http://www.mcq.org/english/

After the museum we had lunch at a small cafe on St. Paul Street which is the antique-dealers area of Quebec. Good meal, nice staff. Café le St-Malo 75 St-Paul

Of course we looked at the art on Rue du Tresor. Rain or shine, the art bazaar goes on into the evening, after the shops have closed.

Our evening meal was at Le Mesclun, 93 Sault-au-Matelot (lower town). Fabulous provencal food. Great service. Good prices. Prix fixe menu as well as a la carte choices.

We had started our day by walking down the Escalier Casse- Cou (breakneck stairs) from Dufferin Terrace in front of Chateau Frontenac. Rue du Petit-Champlain with its shops was colourful and bustling with cruise ship passengers. To return, we took the funicular from the lower town. http://www.funiculaire-quebec.com/index.htm

A good coffee stop is Brulerie Tatum, rue St. Jean, on a shopping street near the larger stores. Lots of shopping in Quebec City but if you want an interesting department store, try Simons which has European-inspired fashion at bargain prices. (on Côte de la Fabrique near des Jardins). There is also a branch in a large mall and in Montreal.

Quebec City in the autumn is quiet with fewer tourists. Winter carnival time, of course, is hopping as is the summer. At any time of the year, Quebec City is a memorable place. My only regret - I didn't have time to take the ferry to Levis for the incomparable view of the city and the Chateau on the cliffs.

Frances in Toronto, Canada