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Quebec City

29 Jun

Bonjour! There is so much history, culture and beauty to discover in Quebec City. The highlight of the city is old Quebec, which is a maze of whimiscal shops, cafes, restaurants and murals tucked amongst cobblestone steps and century old buildings.  Its most famous building is Chateau Frontenac, a grand hotel overlooking the st. Lawrence river. Cruises along the river are also available.

View of the St. Lawrence taken from old Quebec.

View of the St. Lawrence taken from the Promenade of Governers’ in old Quebec.

Le Chateau Frontenac.

Le Chateau Frontenac. Parts of the hotel are currently under renovation.

A mural located in old Quebec.

A mural located in old Quebec.

Surrounding old Quebec is the parliament buildings, the orignal fortress of the city (known as the citadel, I believe) and the Plains of Abraham, where many historical battles occurred.  There is also a reolving restaurant, L’Astral, located at the Concorde hotel which provides a panoramic view of the city. It takes approximately 1.5 hours for a full revolution. It’s an expensive place but here’s a tip: order drinks/desserts instead and let it be known that this is your intention before sitting down. The Observatorie de la Capitale also provides an aerial view of the city. Admission is approximately $10 and once there you can learn about the history of the city.

Parliament buildings.

Parliament buildings.

Drinks at the revolving restaurant.

Drinks at the revolving restaurant.

A view from the revolving restaurant. The shadow of the restaurant can be seen.

A view from the revolving restaurant. The shadow of the restaurant can be seen.

The revolving restaurant is located within Concorde hotel.

The revolving restaurant is located within Concorde hotel.

La observatorie de capitale.

La observatorie de capitale.

For the foodies, there’s so many delicious places to explore. Near the VIA train station is a farmer’s market and along Rue Saint Jean is Moisan, a specialty grocery store founded in 1871. My favourite food place was an incuspicous takeout joint that specialized in Lebanese galettes called La Galette Libanaise. Galettes are a circular bread type food item. At La Galette Libanaise, the dough is flattened in front of you and then baked, which only takes a few minutes. The galettes are accompanied with your choice of chicken, lamb, minced beef, cheese, veggies (lettuce, pickled onions, cucumbers, hot peppers and olives) and two sauces: a spicy one and a garlic one. Bon appetit!

A local beer.

A local beer.

Since 1871, Moisan is a specialty grocery store.

Since 1871, Moisan is a specialty grocery store.

A inside view of Moisan.

Inside Moisan.

La Galette Libanaise.

La Galette Libanaise.

Galette

La Galette Libanaise with meat and cheese, $6.95.

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