July 24 2012
Continuing on from the last post of my trip to Île d’Orléans, the following images were taken on the 10th July during a short excursion up to Québec City.
I’ll begin the quick tour with a few night shots taken sometime around midnight on the 9th July. The Dufferin Terrace that runs next to Chateau Frontenac seemed particularly quiet, perhaps because the majority of people were still leaving the Bon Jovi concert that had taken place on the Plains of Abraham as part of the summer festival. At least it made taking photographs a little easier.
Following an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at the Clarendon Hotel (great place to stay if you plan a visit), we took a walk around historic Québec City, starting where we had left the night before on the Dufferin Terrace.
Château Frontenac was built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company in 1893 as a hotel for wealthy travelers. The building remains one of the most prominent features of the Québec skyline. The hotel is now owned and run by the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Group.
A visit to Québec city wouldn’t be complete without a walk down the L’Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck stairs). Built in 1635, it’s the oldest of the nearly 30 staircases in Québec City that link the Upper and Lower districts of the city. The name was given by locals due to the steep incline.
As expected, there are many churches you can visit in the city, but one that I always enjoy seeing is the Notre-Dame des Victoires – despite having been given its current name in 1711 following the sinking of a British fleet in bad weather, and that was following it being called Notre Dame de la Victoire after a French victory against the English in 1690 – talk about rubbing salt in a wound… but I can look past that 😉 You may recognize the church from the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
Due the narrow streets I noticed that fire hydrants have some additional protection to prevent them being hit by passing traffic.
Québec City is linked to Montréal by 2 main autoroutes – The 20 which runs along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence and the 40 which is slightly longer and takes the North shore. When not in a rush, I like to take the scenic 138 from Québec to Trois Rivières. There are certain spots that provide great views of the Saint Lawrence and on this occasion we stopped at the picturesque village of Batiscan.
Hope to get to the Ottawa pictures tomorrow. Now I’m off to see the Portugal fireworks display, hopefully the rain will keep away and I’ll get some nice shots to share later.
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Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.