C - Quebec City is quite simply beautiful. It can't be captured in a photgraph. We stayed in the heart of Vieux Quebec (Old Quebec) surrounded by fortification walls and cobbled narrow streets. As i'm sure you all know Eastern Canada is French speaking, which is good news for me if I have to use a foreign language, but straight away out of habit I was speaking Spanish to everyone. The exact opposite of the problem I had when we got to South America.
As well as a change of language it seemed the temperature had dropped considerably and there was still snow leftover from a long winter around the city streets. This is as far East as we are heading and we will now make the long journey overland towards Vancouver stopping in towns and National parks such as Banff and Whistler on the way, may even catch the last of the ski season if we're lucky and feeling rich.!?
Quebec City has the only fortified walls left in North America and inside them are plenty of churches and impressive castle like old buildings to compliment the atmosphere. We spent a while inside the Church of Notre Dame which may be the most beautiful I have even been in. It was the first Catholic Church built in Canada.
We spent the time just walking around here quite aimlessly admiring the narrow alleyways of locals selling their artwork and we got quite lost trying to find the Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck stairs)down to the cobbled 'narrowest road in North America' lined with boutiques, only to find that the stairs weren't even steep and that the road seemed quite wide really. I suppose for American standards it was narrow. There were a couple of Christmas shops. We wondered how they could do business all year round but on further inspection it was filled with the most amazing little gifts and decoration that anybody would like to buy including lots of Canada specific decor.
On top of the hill overlooking it all is an old castle which has been turned in to a Hotel. This Hotel has a reputation of being the most photographed Hotel in the world. It is an impressive building but I was slightly puzzled as to why exactly it had such a reputation? I figured that you don't go around taking pictures of the Holiday Inn.
So we took a picture of it.