Saturday, 28 July 2012

The Great Canadian Road Trip: Quebec

I've been waiting to visit Quebec since we found out we were moving to Toronto.  Since the State Department never seems to indulge any of my fantasies of being posted to France, Quebec seemed like an appropriate alternative (at least until I can fund my own European vacation).  I was not disappointed.  I thought Quebec was truly one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen.  I just loved it.  I think I walked around in a daze for most of our visit repeating phrases like "so beautiful," "just amazing," and "stand there so I can take your photo."

And just so you know, I'm breaking the "no more than 10 photos" rule that I made in my last blog entry.  It is my blog so I can do what I want!

Our time in Quebec can be divided up into two parts:

Part 1:  The Citadelle of Quebec

The Citadelle is an active military institution located within the walls of Old Quebec.  They have an elaborate "changing of the guard ceremony" which also includes the Citadelle's mascot, the famed goat "Batisse".  The kids were very impressed with the guards who did not move no matter what you did.  They seemed like statues!  One of the more interesting parts of the tour, was listening to the guide explain the significance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I.

Part 2:  Old Quebec

Did I mention that Quebec was a beautiful city?  Old Quebec is the reason why.  Scott had previously served a TDY at the U.S. Consulate in Old Quebec.  Talk about a great location!  The Consulate is directly across the street from Chateau Frontenac and the Saint Lawrence River.  Sign me up!  I don't know how exciting the job would be, but looking out your window at the sites of Old Quebec and enjoying French Crepes for lunch everyday would make an assignment here well worth it!  Since we spent our 18th anniversary in Old Quebec, Scott surprised me with a ride in a horse drawn carriage after an amazing dinner of Cheese Fondue, Chocolate Fondue and French Strawberry Crepes.  It was very romantic - even if we did have three kids with us!

The U.S. Consulate is the corner building with the American flag.

1 comment:

  1. Fun, fun, fun!!! (Esp. like Scott in the goat pic!) Ready for days 5&6!!