It had been so long since I had been..
I was 10..the first time..with my mom..
Then a few years ago,outside of the main attractions ..to Pont Rouge we went to visit Marlene and Derek~ their ferme laitière.. their beautiful home..and a sweet garden..
So since I have been talking about going back....for YEARS..40... I would say..:)
We went.. Left on Monday back on Thursday..yesterday..
It's only 3 1/2 hrs away..
I highly recommend it to anyone..anytime.
It is charming..old..French..by the shores of the St Lawrence..
Up and down cobble stone streets..mostly feels like up..:)
A photographer's paradise..
The people are friendly..all shopkeepers seem to be bilingual..
They all spoke English and French..
It is a very touristy town...and rightly so~
This cruise ship had docked..I think it came from Manhattan..Oceania..
The tour guide had a marker with Oceania on it..
All languages are heard.. throughout le Vieux ~Québec..
Many terrasses..many..take your pick..so many and all charming!
We had one nice day.. weather wise..
then...one cold torrential windy rainy day ..
and another beautiful nice day..
Although just that short distance from us..the gardening zone..is different..
Their gardens and leaves are a tad behind us..the leaves were popping..no annuals planted in the earth,and tulips just blooming..apple trees about to burst..I would say at least a 10 day difference..albeit that one apple blossom:)
And did I say WINDY?:)
The Promenade ..boardwalk.(la Promenade des Gouverneurs..).is magnificent in my biased opinion.. ap 1/2 mile long... of beautiful decking..wrought iron rail..and old fashioned gazebos line this famous boardwalk~ we walked it many times..the first time..we walked up the bezillion steps..to get to the very very top..I cannot even remember how many steps..
Wonderful wonderful walk..better than a treadmill any day.
Restaurants..shops..art galleries..abound.. Quartier Du Petit Champlain below..
From our hotel..we could walk down..and back up..or take Le Funiculaire~
It's a lovely ride~
I recommend comfy shoes..a raincoat..just in case..sun glasses..sunscreen.. a hat..Some were buying winter tuques that cold windy rainy day..I had my daughters fun black cute raincoat..w/ a hood..
I looked so cute with the hood! (Not at all ...not one bit..lol!)The coat yes..the rest not..
.. and a point and shoot camera.
I was tempted with my DSLR and last minute opted for the point and shoot..
Mind you..I saw high heels high boots high skirts..long skirts short shorts long pants..the whole gamut.:)
They have every popular store I am used to in Mtl....and boutique type shops..artisanal ones etc..
Restos are varied.. as well as hotels..and a multitude of all!!
Le Chateau Frontenac is well loved and favored.
We opted for a neighbor ..a recommendation from a friend..
And I was happy with our choice..
Quiet little place..only 50 rooms.. facing the fleuve and a park.. and clip clop..calèches go by..
I had a bay window with a writing desk to look out..
Old French windows..great views..Could set up and paint ..etc..
Our little meals varied..
I loved the French Onion soup..in a hidden little grotto style gem..
We munched at Paillard..and had coffees there..
One resto we looked at each other and actually took 2 bites and stopped..and we never complain..and didn't but I am certain that the plates were a give away.
We rarely eat out..
and we were reminded why..
A quiche by any other name is not a quiche:)
I had picked Le Lapin Sauté for our last night because I fell in love with the look..and the first time I saw it a guitarist was strumming such fabulous tunes right to the left of it..I bought one of his CDs on the spot..and vowed to eat there.:)
I had le lapin w/ honey and rosemary..
It was delicious..the night was cool ..we ate outside.. blankets are on the chairs..for you and heaters are mounted on the old stone walls..
Our serveuse..was as nice as can be.. travels outside of the old city to Limoilou by vélo..and just graduated in Special Ed..doing a masters in Sept in Montreal..
She charmed us both..
Met a lovely..in love couple:)
W/ 4 children on a business trip..
Collected stubs etc..like I did in Europe..
I love looking back on things like this..much later..
Every where you look..up down..to the right to the left..
Sights and sounds..to please..
I fell IN LOVE with some pillows from the line above..but they were the kind of pillow..you cannot really buy for yourself.. a flap opens with a poem inside..Be still my heart.
I have my thinking cap on..
Street signs..home signs..address signs..
Tout est beau!
From dawn till dusk~
Artisans..are easy to be found..like here at the Glassblowing shop..
I loved his tools~
If you love stone buildings.. the water..cobblestone streets..
A little getaway ..sure to please.
It is so charming..
And it's always nice to come home.