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Sunday, July 9, 2023

What's to do in Quebec City?

Weatherwise we've had a bit of bad luck. Either it was insanely hot (and humid), making climbing the San Francisco-like streets unbearable, or it was pouring. Despite that, we did do to a fair bit.

We escaped.... barely
We did an escape room during a rainy afternoon. It was rated "expert". We had an added difficulty since a number of the clues were in French. Hannah did a great job translating, but we did need a hint or two. We managed to escape with 2 minutes to spare.

We took a sunset cruise aboard No Rush. Trish and Jamie volunteered to take us all out to see the waterfall nearby, and enjoy the sunset.

Aboard No Rush. Quebec is in the distance.

Quebec sunset on the St. Lawrence

Montmorency Waterfall, which is higher than Niagara, but
not near as wide. Very impressive, even from a distance.

The gang found a bar with fresh, cool water for your feet.

The freeway piles were painted in a variety of styles.
That made them less of an eye sore.

The city put the marina in the only space available,
which is next to the large grain-shipping business.
They light the silos at night in an aurora borealis style,
the change color, and shimmer.

The grand day out was for a private walking tour. After we explored a bit more, getting about 15k of steps in. And many of them were vertical.

Great day to tour the city.

View of St Lawrence River

The red roof building is the oldest home in Quebec.
Now it is a restaurant.

Track of the Funiculaire. 
Yes, we did that.

Our tour guide took this picture. This mural is full of persons
from Quebec's history. 

All those silver lines connect, covering
buildings and spans 3 blocks.

A little Cul-De-Sac decorated with umbrellas.
We ate at a little bistro just on the right.
We had amazing mac and cheese there.
The umbrellas reminded me of Claude Theberge,
an artist from Quebec. His work was colorful.

The Citadel (the fort) is still in use. And guarded by
British red coats... who speak French.

Sadly, not a great picture, but this is a slide. Specifically for
winter. You can see toboggans on it, ready to go.
It shoots riders onto the boardwalk. They build snow
walls to "help you stop."

Clear skies. Wonderful city. We're looking forward to coming back.

We learned the city was first used by France for resources, mostly beaver pelts and wood. It wasn't until much later when they sent women (called the King's Daughters) that the population tripled and a city was created. The British attacked and took Quebec, but to keep them on the British side during the US Revolutionary War allowed them to maintain their language and religion. So they speak French to this day.

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