Day 6 - Quebec

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Today we stay in Quebec and its neighbourhood. We will spend another night in the Clarendon Hotel.

In the morning we drive with our bus through Quebec. In the town center we have an hour's walk, escorted by a guide who tells us many things about Quebec and its history.

After this guided tour we hop on the bus and drive to Chez Marie for a coffee stop, where we get aquainted with a typical Canadian product, the Maple Syrup. After a coffee and a sandwich with maple syrup we continue to Montmorency Falls, in the Parc de la Chute, Montmorency. Nice waterfalls, higher but not so impressive as the Niagara Falls later this week. After a visit to the Falls we visit yet another church or I'd better say shrine: Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

After returning in Quebec in the afternoon there is plenty of time left to go shopping or explore Quebec further on foot. We decide to walk on the old city walls arond the old city center. The city center is surrounded by the old city walls. Not only that, it's a complete fortified city. After this walk we explore the lower and upper part of Quebec, connected by a nice walkway with a lot of steps where you have a nice view over the St. Lawrence River.

Quebec was for us one of the most beautiful cities we have seen this trip and we recommend it to everyone who comes to Canada.

Nice small shopping street in the lower part of Quebec. The houses have European-like fronts. QuebecShopStreet1.JPG (89324 bytes)
LaFresqueDesQuebecois.JPG (73760 bytes) La Fresque Des Quebecois. A fresco, a painted wall. Funny about this fresque is that some people painted on the fresco are from the 15th century to the 20t century and all centuries in between. These people co-exist on the same painting, each in clothes of their own time.
Another typical small shopping street. It's very crowded because a large cruise ship just arrived. QuebecShopStreet2.JPG (65859 bytes)
QuebecFuniculaire.JPG (117074 bytes) The Funiculaire: a sort of elevator as a connection between the lower and upper part of the town center of Quebec. It's for the lazy we decided to take a ride.
Chez Marie, where we had a coffee stop and a sandwich with the delicious maple syrup. You can buy that syrup here in every form: syrup, maple syrup cookies, coffee tea with maple flavour, sandwich spread, sweets, etc. etc.  ChezMarie.JPG (87805 bytes)
MontMorencyFalls1.JPG (67476 bytes) The Montmorency Falls, with its 83 meters high quite an impressive waterfall. It's even higher (but smaller) than the Niagara Falls.
You can climb all the way to the top of the lookout to have a fantastic view of the Montmorency Falls. From that point on you can walk to the large hanging bridge over the falls, which you can see on the previous photo. MontMorencyFalls.JPG (112756 bytes)
SainteAnneBeaupre3.JPG (76746 bytes) The front of the shrine: Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, the oldest shrine in North America.
Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is a place that is visited by more than a million and a half pilgrims and visitors a year. SainteAnneBeaupre4.JPG (82296 bytes)
SainteAnneBeaupre1.JPG (79125 bytes) The inside of the Basilique of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.
The crutches of all the men and women who could suddenly walk again without them after visiting Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. SainteAnneBeaupre2.JPG (61853 bytes)
QuebecCityWall.JPG (88105 bytes) A view of the city wall of Quebec. You can walk on top of these city walls around the old city.
A see-through trough a loophole of the city wall. c-QuebecCityWallView.jpg (80682 bytes)
QuebecGate2.JPG (93214 bytes) One of the city gates of Quebec.
The famous Chateau De Frontenac, overlooking the St. Lawrence River. Built in the time the Canadian Pacific Railway was built, meant for travellers. Now is a luxurious hotel. QuebecChatFrontenac1.JPG (74273 bytes)
QuebecChatFrontenac2.JPG (62328 bytes) Another view of Chateau De Frontenac.
The St. Lawrence river, as seen from the upper part of Quebec's town center. Large cruise ships frequently visit Quebec. QuebecViewWater.JPG (57985 bytes)

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