Hey there! I’m back again today for Part 2 of our Quebec adventure – exploring Quebec City!
After celebrating the Raptors victory and getting a good nights sleep, we hit the road again and drove to Quebec City – about 2 hours east of Montreal. Once there, we checked into our hotel and headed out to see the sights.
People have said that going to Quebec is the closest you can get to visiting Europe without leaving North America. The streets of Quebec City have a very rustic, charming and European feel to them, and they’re so fun to walk!
We came across the Rue du Petit-Champlain, which has been voted the most beautiful street in North America. I have to agree – this street was gorgeous! It was so vibrant and full of life. From the colors of the shops to the lights and plants, this may have been my favorite place in Quebec City. (I don’t think the pictures do it justice.)
We stopped at one of the little shops on the street to get some ice cream – my raspberry cheesecake was delicious! :P
This is the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac – a huge historic hotel in Old Quebec. Opened in 1893, the Château Frontenac has 18 floors and 611 rooms.
Needless to say, this place was massive. We did get to go inside and see the lobby, but I couldn’t take any pictures because it was so crowded! However, it was very glamorous and fancy, and it definitely lives up to its famous reputation.
The next day, we took a carriage ride that toured around Quebec City. We got to see parts of the city that we wouldn’t otherwise have seen on foot. It was super cool!
This is the Quebec Parliament Building – an 8 story structure which was completed in 1886 and is the meeting place for the Parliament of Quebec.
While we were walking around after the carriage ride, someone told us about a place that sells poutine….with a twist. Instead of fries, gravy, and cheese curds, this shop makes it out of ice cream? Of course, we had to try it because where else can you find ice cream poutine? The ‘fries’ were made of donut straws, ‘gravy’ out of chocolate sauce, and ‘cheese curds’ were replaced with marshmallows. There were also brownie bites and ice cream mixed in. Holy cow, this stuff was delicious.
Next, we went in an old, historic church called the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church. Located in Old Quebec City, construction on the Roman Catholic church was completed in 1723, and it is one of the oldest churches in North America. However, it has undergone several restorations as a result of its destruction in 1759 by the British during the French and Indian War. They did a fantastic job with the restorations, because the interior of the church is amazing.
The next morning, we got up to go have breakfast before we set out on the road again. We went to a restaurant called La Buche, as we had eaten dinner there the night before and loved it! I had the eggs, maple bacon, potatoes, fruit, and toast. It was DELICIOUS! If you’re ever in Quebec City, I’d highly recommend this place for a fabulous meal.
Also, can we just take a moment to appreciate the uniqueness of the restaurant’s bathroom? XD The stalls were signed with TONS of signatures from people around the world that had come to visit, and you washed your hands in a bathtub? Never seen that one before haha!
After that, we hit the road again to drive to…..well, you’ll have to stay tuned til tomorrow to find out! ;) I hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of Quebec City, and be sure to follow along to see tomorrow’s adventure!
Have a great day!