Merci! I would like to think I learned how to say “thank you” but I believe that is what my feet are saying after walking six miles around town (just the ‘upper’ part) today. When I say “town” I mean the “Old City” of Quebec. It was an interesting, beautiful, day with a lot of wind, hills, steps, and scenery to soak in.
First, I want to say something I forgot to mention yesterday. I renewed my passport in 2011, after having my first one filled up after taking trips to about seven different countries. I had yet to get a stamp in my passport (due to being in nursing school and not traveling, then when I did start traveling again the trips were within the boarders of the US). I was excited about “FINALLY” getting a stamp in my otherwise very empty passport when I crossed the boarder into Canada. DID NOT HAPPEN! I was so disappointed. First off, I did the boarder patrols job by feeding my claims paper into a computer and answering all the questions by pushing buttons; then I walked to a guard, handed him my passport and he said “hello” and checked my picture and let me go. I wanted a stamp! Oh well, just means I will have to go somewhere more foreign to get a stamp.
Also, I was welcomed to my week’s abode with some fluffy northern comfort Canadian socks. They are supper fluffy and comfy. Will definitely be a hit this winter relaxing around the house. (Thanks Mel!)
I started my morning off at Paillard, a coffee shop/bakery. Grabbed a cappuccino and a sticky bun before hitting the sidewalks to see what I could uncover. Then I walked around, found the Notre-Dam de Quebec Basilica Cathedral and stepped inside for a look around. Very ornate, and commercialized…they had a souvenir shop in the back of the church. It was very neat to look around in though. After that we checked out the Chateau Frontenac, after walking up several flights of stairs and along the river walk promenade. It was beautiful. I stopped and assisted other tourist couples to get a picture together in front of either the Chateau Frontenac or with a view of the river and their cruise ship in the background. <hehe> After leaving the water front I walked further inland to the Parliament building. It was under construction, but the gardens were still assailable and very beautiful.
Then I was able to meet up with Mel and we grabbed some lunch at Spag&tini (Italian) before heading out of town to the water falls. The Montmorency Falls were beautiful. I chickened out and did not ride the cable car from the top to the bottom, so my pictures are all from top views of the falls…but great non-the-less. <afraid of heights and things that move when suspended>.
The day was rounded off by some ice cream before heading back into the city for church service that is being held at Mel’s house. I may or may not get much out of it since it will be in French. <smile>
It is a beautiful city! Have enjoyed my day immensely and look forward to day two exploring tomorrow…much better than ‘traveling’ all day.