Oh Canada….Memories from Quebecois!
Quebec, Canada, as well as Montreal, will always have a special place in my heart. Growing up, aside from a trip or two to Disney World, my family did not travel. It is sort of a miracle that I have the travel bug as much as I do, because my parents didnot travel when I was younger. My first taste of travel was in middle school, when my school french teacher was hosting a trip up to Quebec with our class. To my surprise, my parents let me go, and I was forever hooked. Canada was an amazing experience, and I got to see all the tourist sights on that trip. It was a great time, and I got even luckier when my then-best friend’s dad coached a hockey team that traveled to Canada every year for tournaments. Because of all of this, I have been to Canada more times than I can count, and it’s always a good time.
I love Quebec, and I fell so in love with Canada I was dangerously close to going to college there. The old city is my absolute favorite. I love the cobble stone streets, the horse-drawn carriages, and the small little avenues in between buildings. During the summer, the little alleys are filled with artists, much like Central Park, but it all seems a little more whimsical, like people playing the water glasses. Seriously, i’ve seen it all!!
The Chateau Frontenac is the big gem in the middle of the city. It is a beautiful hotel right over the Saint Lawrence River that has been operating since the 1800s, and it is stunning!!! The hotel looks like a giant castle, and in the winter time people go bob-sledding right underneath it by the river. It’s gorgeous, and I am dangerously obsessed with it!
The city is separated into an upper town and lower town, and as a fun tourist attraction you can ride the Funicular, a cable car that goes up the cliff to join them! It’s a fun ride and a great view of the city! Another fun tourist attraction is a Sugar Shack! Sugar Shacks are places that create maple syrup, but as a tourist attraction they also serve food, and sometimes have entertainment. When I went we ate family style, saw a show, and then shopped for all things maple syrup flavored!!
The whole city is full of art and amazing food. I still dream of crepes!!! They have crepes of every flavor, and I am getting hungry just thinking about them. I love this city, Quebec will always have a super special place in my heart!!!