Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Small cafés and cosy restaurants, delightful boutiques, lively terraces, elegant squares, theatres and museums are no doubt the great contributors to the dynamic and charming ambience of historic Old Quebec, cradle of French civilisation in North America. It remains predominantly a European city in North America today! It’s probably the most beautiful city in the world as claimed by the locals.

Quebec or Quebec City is the capital of the Canadian province of Quebec. It is the second most populous city in Quebec after Montreal, which is about 233 kilometers to the southwest.
Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the 'Historic District of Old Québec.

Saint Lawrence River; the narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River approximate to the city's promontory, Cap-Diamant (Cape Diamond), and Lévis, on the opposite bank, provided the name given to the city, Kébec, an Algonquin word meaning "where the river narrows".

Saint Lawrence River and surrounding beautifully cladded with winter snow.

Place-Royale; the spot where Samuel de Champlain landed in 1608 and founded the first French settlement in North America, now converted into a postcard-pretty public square. Nicely covered with snow and Christmas festive decorations.

Notre-Dame-des-Victoires; is a small Roman Catholic church in the Lower Town of Quebec City. Construction was started in 1687 and was completed in 1723. Originally dedicated to l'Enfant Jésus, it received the name Notre-Dame-de-la-Victoire following the Battle of Quebec of 1690, in which an English expedition commanded by William Phips was forced to retreat. In 1711, its name was changed again, to Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, after bad weather sunk a British fleet commanded by Hovenden Walker.
The church was largely destroyed by the British bombardment that preceded the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1759. A complete restoration of the church was finished in 1816.

Rue Sous le Fort. There are many lively boutiques lining along both sides on the stretch of road.

Funiculaire (at far distance); you have the ease to commute between the upper and lower towns in the Old City by Funiculaire. $2 will get you from near the base of the Breakneck Stairs (l'Escalier Casse-Cou) back up to the front of the Chateau Frontenac.

Chateau Frontenac; located at Haute-Ville (or Upper Town), Quebec City’s icon as claimed to be the most photographed hotel in North America!

Restaurants; you can choose from French to Italian to Japanese (happened to found one there!). Most of the menus come typically in French but English version is available upon request.   

3 Brasseurs Sauerkraut; German and Frankfurt sausage, grilled ham and potatoes


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