Travel to Quebec City
So our plans came three years ago. When we were just going to the province of Quebec, we decided to soon visit the capital of French Canada. But things are not quickly done, as the fairy tale affects. At first, they postponed their trip because of small children, poor French, then work, study, work, care … Well, finally, we “grew up” materially and spiritually to explore one of Canada’s oldest cities, besides one of the most unusual cities. But first things first.
Today we are still in Quebec City, but the rainy morning is not at all suitable for walking, so I decided to devote my free time to telling about this amazing town, while my emotions are still fresh and I do not need to extract them from the bins of memory.
Studying the capital of our province using travel booklets and colorful photographs, we immediately realized that a normal two-day weekend would not be enough, so for this purpose we allocated a week in April for our work schedule. In my opinion, Quebec is beautiful at any time of the year, and the year-round steady flow of tourists testifies to this. Having decided that in the pre-Easter period all the “normal” people were sitting at home and waiting for the long-awaited weekend, we considered ourselves to be “abnormal” and set off on our journey. The time chosen, I tell you, is very successful. In terms of weather, it pleases us so far – the first spring days, the first sunshine, the first flowers on the lawns. In terms of tourists, there are a lot of them in Quebec even now. One can only imagine how the situation here is in the summer. By the way, actually, that’s why hotels should be booked long before arrival.
Now about hotels, hotels and hostels. When choosing a hotel, we focused on its convenient location, as we planned to move around the city on foot or by public transport. Housing prices here are much higher than Montreal, especially in the old city. But we are not going to live here, but to relax, so the price in the region of $ 150 was accepted quite acceptable. It should be noted that the hotels in the old part of the city are located in houses of very respectable age and it is natural that the size of the rooms in them is simply tiny. It’s good if the room has a separate bathroom (even for that kind of money), so it’s better to ask about it again. In our case, we rented a room from two small such rooms with a separate bathroom and a separate entrance. The price includes breakfast in the restaurant adjacent to the hotel. The house in which our hotel is located is about 200 years old and this is confirmed by undecorated stone walls and a huge fireplace. In general, settling in such a place, you get an excellent opportunity to travel in time.
We carefully selected our hotel, it is located on St. Louis street, and the main attraction of Quebec – Frontignac Castle is within easy reach. Where we actually went on our first day, or rather evening, stay in the city. Today, the castle houses a hotel, which will be very expensive to live in. About the solvency of the guests of the Frontignac Hotel we were told cars parked in his courtyard. My boys were so carried away by looking at an unprecedented technique that they did not even notice how completely dark it was. They did not pay attention to the cheerful clowns, fire jugglers, who nearby entertained the crowd of tourists.
Meanwhile, the evening fell to the ground and the city broke out in thousands of lights. We walked along a wooden embankment, as it were, and then climbed the walls of the citadel, from where a simply unspeakable view of the whole old city opens, surrounded by a stone wall, by the way, the only fortress that has been preserved in North America since then. The spirit captures from this riot of lights. Old wrought iron lanterns, horse-drawn carriages, street performers, a cannon shot at 9.30 p.m., medieval architecture, a unique woody smell and the ubiquitous exclusively French language. It was hard to believe that we now live in the 21st century, and we didn’t figure out how to get a camera to capture these amazing moments.