Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Vieux Quebec

For those of you who haven't been to Quebec City, and for those of you who want to relive some memories....

Nope, not Europe. Canada!

Never have I seen such beautiful windowboxes of flowers. They are everywhere!

Le lapin sauté, or "The Jumping Rabbit." And yes, they serve rabbit.

Ever so cute!

Two calèches by the old city's gate.

The guard at the Citadelle. Nothing like wool and bearskin when it's 30 degrees celsius outside!

Another old, gorgeous building. It's like stepping back into the 1600s.

A guard at the entrance to the Citadelle, which is a working armed forces base, and home to Canada's famous "Van Doos" (from "vingt-deux, meaning "22" in French). The Royal 22e Régiment is the largest regiment in our army, and its soldiers are francophones.

This guard has a job I most certainly would not want, particularly in the heat of summer, but kudos to him (her?) for not passing out!

From the Citadelle: a mix of old and new!

We ate lunch here at Le cochon dingue ("The Crazy Pig"). My, I do adore good frites with homemade mayonnaise! That's French fries and mayo to the rest of you, but here they transcend the ordinary. Drooool.

A view from the Governor General's second residence at the Citadelle (the official one is Rideau Hall in Ottawa.) That is the historic Château Frontenac left of centre.

And another shot of the Château Frontenac.

Quebec City is beautiful (and crowded with tourists) in summer, but it's GREAT in winter. I love the Quebec Winter Carnaval!

Okay, back to work, everybody.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:09 pm

    Oooooooo it IS adorable. It really does look European. How nice that we have something like that here in the "new world."

    I love the old buildings!


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