Quebec City Not So Hip, Tragically  

Made our way leisurely to Levis (just south of Quebec City) on Friday August 19, 2016 with big plans for the weekend.  A bit of a shock to the system what with all the traffic and crazy drivers here. Besides intending to see the sights this weekend we had 2 grand celebrations to look forward to. First would be to watch the final Tragically Hip concert on Saturday night and then get up on Sunday to celebrate BBB’s 66th birthday.

CC diligently checked the CBC website which ensured that the concert would be broadcast on the whole CBC television network. Streaming is not an option when you are on a mobile internet plan so old fashioned TV was the only way to catch the concert. So there we were camped out in the Walmart parking lot at the appointed 8:30 pm Eastern Time with our popcorn and beer ready to sing along with the rest of the country. TV is on and tuned to CBC as we sat eagerly waiting for the cut from the Olympics to the concert. Unbelievably the cut didn’t happen. What a bummer. Seems the whole CBC network doesn’t necessarily include Quebec City?? I mean really why would you not want to join in with the rest of the country for a once in a lifetime event.

At least BBB showed up for her 66th although after listening to her and DD for the past 7 weeks go on and on and on about some kind of Princess syndrome her and DDs Bon Fetes seem a bit rosier in the rear view mirror.

Old Quebec City

We took the 10 minute ferry from Levis to Old Quebec City on August 20, 2016 and spent a good part of the day wandering and seeing as much of what the Old City had to offer as we could take in. Lots of walking up and down hills in the plus 38 degree humid X heat and we did get to take a tour of the old St Louis Forts which the remains of now lay beneath the Governors Promenade. Amazing to see the partial walls and rooms that were built over 300 years ago and some of the over a million artifacts that have been found on site,  most of which were found in the 2 latrines of the castle.

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Chateau from the Levis ferry

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the Princesses??

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Saint Louis Forts

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rooms of the fort

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artifacts from the fort

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Quite the place to wander about what with all the very old buildings still intact and some still in use and enjoy the splendid architecture of the Chateau Frontenac, the Citadel, the Basilica, the monuments and of course the famous Plains of Abraham. DD, BBB and LLL also imbibed in that cholesterol inducing Quebec favourite “poutine” at lunch while CC settled for a much healthier plate of regular fries. It was a long tiring day as we headed home to take in the Hip concert. See above!!!

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in the doors on bottom left in photo above

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Plains of Abraham Museum

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Samuel de Champlain

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toboggan slide from 1884 and still used

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the “poutine”

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DD and Bohomme

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street performers

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a new doorman at the Chateau Frontenac

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street art

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on the ferry home

Montmorency Falls

As beautiful as it is,  Quebec City is still a fairly big and busy place and not a place to commune with nature. So to get in some communing with nature and make sure BBB had a more relaxing day for her birthday on August 21, 2016 a trip out of the city to Montmorency Falls would be just the ticket. And it certainly was a trip worth taking as the falls, although not as wide and powerful as Niagara (they are 30 metres higher however) are much easier to get up close and personal with as the walk over the top of the falls on a suspension bridge will attest.

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BBB dreaming of her birthday moose

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but gets a not so reasonable facsimile instead

Video of the falls.

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first view of the falls

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the staircase

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DD pauses for a rest (and we were going down?)

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the footbridge from above

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a long way down

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the end of the zipline

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In a contest between the city and the falls CC definitely would vote for the falls.

A pretty short stay for us in Quebec City considering what we didn’t get to see but rain is moving in and we are headed north to Saguenay on August 22, 2016 as our MMM traveling days gets shorter in number and we still have quite an area we want to cover.

By stubbs99

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