Quebec City to Riviere Du Loup

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We spent most of the day walking all over Quebec City, starting at the top of the hill, we watched the changing of the guard at the Citadel, then took a tour of the grounds. This was excellent, a wonderful mix of history, war and architecture. Just the kind of thing Mike and I both enjoy.

We wandered through the twisted cobblestone streets and just enjoyed pointing out neat details to each other. So many neat buildings here.

Next we dropped down to the Chateau de Frontenac and spent some time checking out this awesome old hotel. Our last stop was unexpected, we took a different sidestreet back to our hotel and stumbled upon the Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church. This beautiful and timeless beauty was a great way to end our too-short stay in Quebec City.

Everyone we’ve met in Quebec Provence has been wonderful. I wanted to say they all went out of their way to be helpful, but that’s not right, I think it’s just their way to be helpful. And although many people do speak excellent english, we also met quite a few who spoke only french. Also, street signs and directions are only in french, making navigation, er, challenging at times. On the upside, this part of Canada actually felt like a completely different country.  Very gracious and beautiful, but we’ll be happy to get back to the english-speaking section of Canada. This trip is enough of an adventure without the addition of a language barrier!

Leaving Quebec, we got turned around and took a few wrong roads, we finally got headed in the right direction along with the rest of the holiday weekend traffic (Canada also celebrates Labor Day). It was slower going than we anticipated, so we didn’t arrive at our small hotel in Rivier Du Loup until after dark.  A quick meal in the room (the bread and cheese here is really, really good), and now we’re ready for bed.

Tomorrow we’re headed for Moncton, and hopefully we’ll be able to see some of those crazy tidal changes in the Bay of Fundy!

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