Rising To The Road | Québec City
A Day's Adventure Through the Capital of the Canadian Province of Québec
The romantic cobblestoned streets, cafes and architecture of Québec City are very reminiscent of Europe, and particularly France. Which is not surprising since the city was founded not once, but twice by French explorers. First, by Jacques Cartier and then by Samuel de Champlain some 40 years later. It is one of the oldest cities in America and the second biggest city in Québec (after Montréal).
My parents adore Québec City, so we visited many times as a family when I was growing up. I have hilarious memories of babysitting my cousins (well, family friends who are really just family) in a hotel room while our parents went out, getting our faces painted and our hair wrapped beside the Château Frontenac, and our family-style fondue tables catching on fire one time.
My Love has his own memories of the city from prior visits, and we discovered during this visit together that we even stayed at the same hotel in our lives pre-each other (La Concorde). Weird, but cool.
As we rounded the Québec Maritime and the St. Lawrence River narrowed into Québec, the days got colder and the nights got dangerously close to freezing (frozen pipes in the trailer would end our trip, so it really was a danger to what we're doing). We didn't have much time to explore, but we didn't want to skip Québec City (plus it was directly on our path south, no matter what). So we gave the city and the adjacent Île D'Orleans a full day to explore. Being that we've visited so many times in our past, it was enough to get a new taste together.
We walked around La Citadelle fortress down to the Château Frontenac, where we strolled along the Terasse Dufferin. Then we hiked down to Vieux-Québec for lunch and a little people-watching. Before we drove out of town, we grabbed some pastries from Picardie Cartier and oh my goodness. Easily the best almond croissant of either of our lives, and it was an apple almond croissant, thanks to the season. I mean. Yeah.