Quebec City, Quebec 2017
As soon as Spring started, my friends and I decided to visit the beautiful old Quebec City. It is Quebec province capital, and one of the oldest city in North America. Exploring new places excites my Dora-the-explorer-alter-ego especially because we are going to visit an old city that looks totally different from Montreal. Hopped on another tour bus, which I am starting to love now as it gives me nothing to worry but to enjoy myself. I am a meticulous traveller, I do in depth research of the place I am going to visit, but with tour bus, all I need to do is follow the instruction of our tour guide and off I go wandering, taking pictures, appreciating scenery like an art.
First Stop, Chez Dany Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) to try Maple taffy or tire d’erable in French. It tastes really good and so sweet I thought I’d end up having tonsillitis. Thank god I didn’t. Aside from giving us the taste they also gave us a little background about the process of making maple syrup. Canada is the largest producer of Maple syrup contributing 90% worldwide, thus explains the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. Statistics also showed that 70% of the produce come from Quebec. Very impressive!
Next is Montmorency Falls. My friend kept on telling me that we have to see this because this falls is higher than Niagara Falls. Cool, but thing is I haven’t seen the Niagara Falls either.
True enough, it stands 275 feet and the highest waterfall in Quebec. It is magnificent and a beauty to behold. This is by far the most beautiful waterfall I’ve seen in my life long journey of chasing waterfalls.
We took the cable car ride to the top where the Montmorency Manor and suspension bridge is located which also gave us the stunning bird’s eye view of the Montmorency River.
After the sumptuous lunch buffet, we visited the Capital Observation, the tallest building in city to see the panoramic view of the capital in 360 degree on the 31st floor.
I like this view because I can see Chateau Frontenac and St. Lawrence River.
Our last agenda is to explore Old Quebec to see Chateau Frontenac, Place Royale and Petit Champlain. Being in Quebec City is like being born in the wrong era, it’s both old and new. The city was able to preserve whatever’s left in its history which to be honest left me in total awe. Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site with cobblestone street and well preserved 17th and 18th century buildings.
The stunning Chateau Frontenac which is called the most photographed hotel in the world. It definitely deserve its title because its elegance is beyond compare, I could stare at it whole day and breath in its beauty.
Place Royale and Petit Champlain looks like an upgraded version of Kings Landing (Game of Thrones fan here). Its heritage buildings and impressive murals are incredibly photogenic. I wouldn’t mind getting lost here and end up discovering something interesting.
Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, a Roman Catholic church in Place Royale.
We don’t have Cherry Blossom trees here, so this will do for now.
One interesting street in Quebec City is the Rue du Trésor, an open-air contemporary art gallery that sells beautiful arts and paintings in canvas. This renowned artsy spot in a narrow pedestrian alley sells local art at reasonable price. I would have wanted to buy one but art shopping where there are too many beautiful arts to chose from takes so much time and unfortunately, we don’t have much time.
Rue Sainte-Anne on the other hand is the street where talented artist will draw a caricature or portrait of you. Very impressive indeed.
To keep the tradition alive there are horse-drawn carriage ride that will take you through the Historic District of Old Quebec. The price will depend on the length of the tour, the cheapest will cost you $100 for 35 minutes and the most expensive is $300 for 120 minutes. This is not something that I am interested in trying because, first, its unbelievably pricey and second, I pity the horse.
We ended the day by going on shopping at Simons then grab a coffee from this quaint place called La Maison Smith Place Royale where I saw this nice wall decor.
Faux Fur Coat: Guess
Bag: Michael Kors
Sunnies and Boots: Forever 21