Quebec City

March 2020

Upper Town In Quebec City – The View From Above

By |2020-03-24T07:20:33-06:00March 24th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Visiting Quebec City offers some unique opportunities not found anywhere else in North America. Canada's oldest city is a tale of two cities, where the old meets the new. Much of our visit was spent in Old Quebec City, which had its earliest beginnings in 1608. Split into Upper Town and Lower Town, each of these sections offers a slice of the past. We began our visit by exploring Upper Town, in Quebec City, which is home to the original walled portion of the city. The notable French influence is obvious in much of the architecture and makes Upper Town a romantic destination [...]

Friendship And Food – Ristorante Il Matto

By |2020-03-18T06:08:05-06:00March 18th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Friendship and food just seem to go together. Whenever we work with a tourism bureau, we try to share a meal with our hosts at least once. During our first visit to Canada, we met up with Paule Bergeron from Quebec Cite Tourism. She had assisted us during our planning phase and suggested meeting up for dinner at Ristorante Il Matto. This is an upscale eatery that serves home-cooked Italian cuisine. Housed in a 19th-century bank building, the restaurant can be found inside Hotel 71. We want to thank Quebec City Tourism and Ristorante Il Matto for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are [...]

Sailing Through History With AML Cruises

By |2020-03-11T06:07:19-06:00March 11th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Water is the essence of life, which is why humans find it intriguing. Whenever we visit a city with a river-walk or other watery feature, we find ourselves drawn to it. There is something calming about the quiet force of this life-sustaining liquid. Discovering that there are tours along the St. Lawrence River, meant that it was a no-brainer for us to sign up. Seeing Quebec City from a new perspective was something we knew would be memorable.  A gorgeous Fall day would find us sailing through history with AML Cruises, which is one of the premier cruise tour companies in Canada. We [...]

Life Below The Boardwalk – Rue du Petit Champlain

By |2020-03-04T07:21:05-06:00March 4th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

High above the river's edge visitors can stroll the Terrasse Dufferin. This wooden boardwalk runs for nearly 500 feet along a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River. From this vantage point, you can see for miles in almost every direction. What many fail to focus on is what lies at the foot of this fascinating structure. Almost 200 feet straight down you will find Rue du Petit Champlain. This is one of the oldest commercial streets in North America. Let's see why so many flock to this pedestrian road every day of the year. Breakneck Steps There are a few staircase choices to [...]

February 2020

Changing Of The Guard – Plains of Abraham Museum

By |2020-02-26T07:21:33-06:00February 26th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

The history of Quebec City is longer than many destinations in North America. When we planned our visit to Canada's first city, we knew that we would be immersing ourselves in all of this past. One of the most memorable, and decisive events, was the famous battle for control of Quebec. Nearly two decades before the United States became a country, Quebec was experiencing a changing of the guard. We dropped by the Plains of Abraham (named for a farmer who owned the land) to see the battlefield site firsthand. After strolling through the park that was once a battlefield, we made our [...]

History In The Shadows – Le Promenades Fantomes

By |2020-02-19T07:35:25-06:00February 19th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Exploring a new city takes on a new perspective once the sun sets. The older the destination, the more spirits that roam the city streets filling the darkness with their presence. Their stories can be heard in the creaking staircases and banging doors. While we had learned loads of history, at attractions like Immersion Quebec, we were eager to hear from the city's early residents. To get this perspective, we decided to join in on a walking tour with Le Promenades Fantômes. This unusual tour group offers guests a chance to explore the history in the shadows. We want to thank Quebec City [...]

Building The Perfect Burger – Le Chic Shack

By |2020-02-12T07:16:14-06:00February 12th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

No matter where we wander, we seem to always find a good burger. It goes to show just how widespread this staple of American dining has become. During a trip to Quebec City, in Canada, we dropped by Le Chic Shack to sample their creative take on this handheld creation. Building the perfect burger requires attention to detail and this restaurant takes the challenge seriously. It became apparent that dining in Canada's first city was going to be a gastronomical extravaganza.  We want to thank Quebec City Tourism for hosting our visit. Rest assured all opinions are our own.  Downtown Destination Exploring Old [...]

Virtual History Tour – Immersion Quebec

By |2020-02-05T07:14:14-06:00February 5th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Part of exploring a new destination should always include learning some of the histories of the region. Since most every city and town has at least one local history museum, it's easy to have a cultural connection. For years we have been exploring various sites and devouring the information we find at each one. These days technology is starting to offer unique ways to immerse ourselves in the storyline of new destinations. During our visit to Quebec City, we dropped into Immersion Quebec to take a virtual history tour of the oldest city in Canada. We want to thank Quebec City Tourism and Immersion [...]

January 2020

Poutine And Pizza At Cafe L’Omelette

By |2020-01-22T20:05:38-06:00January 29th, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Do you seek out local dishes when you travel? We have found it interesting to sample the local cuisine, and it has introduced us to some new dishes. Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America and home to the earliest French settlement in the New World.  During our stay, we would find many French foods mixed into the menus of the eateries that we visited. Of course, one of the most famous dishes from Quebec originated right here in Canada. Our first dinner, at Cafe L'Omelette, allowed us a chance to dine on poutine and pizza in a [...]

Time Traveling in Quebec City – Musee Du Fort

By |2020-01-14T19:45:19-06:00January 22nd, 2020|Canada, Quebec City|

Visiting a place like Quebec City allows plenty of opportunities to delve into history. With the first permanent trading post being built in 1608, it established a French outpost in the New World. After getting the lay of the land during our guided tour, now we were ready to do some time traveling in Quebec City. First up would be a visit to Musee Du Fort (The Fort Museum), where we would gain an understanding of how an English country has a distinctively French culture.  We want to thank Quebec Cite Tourism for hosting our visit. Rest assured that all opinions are our [...]

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