Our Canada & USA 2008 tour travel blog

Cannons defending the fortress

Old Quebec

beautiful Old Quebec buildings

Cobblestone streets

The funicular (elevator )

funicular close-up

Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel, Quebec

narrow old streets

mural on building in Old Quebec

more narrow streets

Changing of the Guard at the Citadel

Governor Generals residence in the Citadel

ruins of the Chateau St. Louis in the 1600's

Old Quebec cobblestone street, can you recognize these bums

Old Quebec shopping district

June 24

Our drive to Quebec City was very easy thanks to all our GPS. We have become so use to depending on them, and it sure takes the worry out of finding the right interchange and lane to go on.

We were lucky to get a campsite reservation as it is Jean Baptiste Day and Quebec City's 400th birthday. We arrived at our campsite to find a billy goat trail or an old logging road with deep water cuts through the roadway. We got to our site to find that it was occupied so we had to wait. Ed decided he didn't like that spot so we tried to have it changed but no luck. So it took us about three hours from arrival to setup. We had to dig our wheels in on one side to lower it - we were on such a slant over 7" . We used up every piece of lumber to get the trailer level only to realize that our truck could not unhook because of this huge slant and had to start over and then add blocks under the rear wheels of the truck to finally get unhooked. This place was not made for larger vehicles. And it poured - thankfully nobody was setting up at the time.

June 25

Today we took a shuttle into Old Quebec City and hired a guide for a walking tour. We learned quite a bit about the history of the city and received several tips about other things to do. We loved the narrow, cobble-stoned city streets with its many flower boxes, shops, restaurants, and artists plying their wares. We found out the Old Quebec City has only been refurbished in the last 25-30 years. It is well worth the millions that they spent on it! Most of the people in Old Quebec City speak some English because of all the tourists. Let's hope we have the same good luck on the Gaspe.

June 26

Ed and Marion under the weather today so Norm and Anne and Chuck and Echo back into Old Quebec for more tourist stuff. We watched the Changing of the Guard at the Citadel which is their fortification from the 16 and 1700's. Some of the buildings actually date back to the 1600's. The changing of the guard was quite impressive with all the soldiers decked out in their red uniforms with big furry hats and their dressed up goat mascot. The Governor General actually has a residence there as well as in Ottawa and it is within the Citadel. She was in the building and we were hoping for her to come out and speak but she did not. We then had a leisurely stroll through some of the city we did not get to yesterday and had a very nice relaxing day. There is a lot to see here and very interesting and beautiful, maybe the highlight of the trip so far. Back to camp at 7 pm to check on Ed and Marion.

June 27

Today Ed and Marion went into Old Quebec City and saw the changing of the guard and the citadel. This was a very unique fortress to us as it is in a star shape for better protection. We also did a self guided tour of a cannon tower that was the first defence of the citadel. Very interesting. Then we took a bus tour around the Plains of Abraham and the guides name was Abraham. Had a great time and enjoyed Old Quebec very much and are sorry to leave.

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