In all of my travels, I have never been to a more beautiful city than this gem overlooking the St. Lawrence River. No where on Earth are cities that can compare with Quebec and the warmth and friendliness of the Quebecois.
We stayed within the walled section in a hotel that was built in 1640 (Auberge du Tresor). Getting around Quebec on foot is easy and fun as there are wonderful things to be discovered around every corner. Access to the Lower City and Old Port via the funiculaire (cable car) or one of the many flights is steps is also easy.
Quebec is awash in history and culture. It surrounds you and draws you. It makes you part of it. While walking the ancient fortifications and examining the hundreds of artillery pieces, you can feel that Quebec was a fort--a city that was constantly under threat of attack because it controlled access to the St. Lawrence River. It's easy to imagine French Colonial soldiers walking the battlements and manning the guns while British ships bombarded the city. It has a history that is well worth exploring.
But it's also about shops and street musicians, artists, murals, fine restaurants and a marvelous love of life that makes you want to stay forever and become part f it all.
The restaurants are top-notch and local Quebecois cuisine is delicious and exotic. We ate rabbit and caribou, deer and buffalo. We drank whiskey blended with maple syrup and discovered the local maple pies.
If you only visit one city in your life, please make it Quebec. You'll come home singing O Canada! like we did.
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