So we decided to try cross-country skiing at Mont St. Anne, just a half hour or so east of Quebec City, Canada. We figured they'd have plenty of snow - and they did! That's how we first discovered Quebec - in the heart of winter. We'd go up in February - not during Carnival but after. The amazing ice sculptures were still all around the city, but there wasn't all the craziness that goes with Carnival. It was beautiful and we loved it, but boy was it COLD!
We instantly fell in love with Quebec. It's old and charming and beautiful, with shops and galleries and wonderful restaurants. We've been here seven or eight times, several in winter, twice in October and now twice in summer. And every time we go into the city, I feel excited to be there again. I can't wait to see the lower city, with its cobblestone streets and lovely shops, the Chateau Frontenac, which towers above, and the Grand Allee. Every time we leave, I feel sad, because I'm afraid that I'll never see it again.
Here are some pictures from this city of my heart; the city that we call "Our Paris":
|Along Rue St. Paul|
|In all the times we've come here, I've always wanted to buy something in this store, and this time I did!|
|Inside the cathedral in the center of the square|
|When we first came in winter, there were guys up on the roof shoveling snow off it! This is my favorite building.|
|This is "Artist's Alley"|
|Another of our favorite restaurants - wood-fired pizzas .|
|Horse-drawn carriages are a great way to see the city|
|This lady was booking down the sidewalk in her electric wheelchair, holding her flowers and talking on her cell phone!!|
|These street performers put on quite a show on the promenade outside the Frontenac|