Yesterday we drove along the southern side of the St Lawrence River from Riviere du Loup to Levis where we caught the ferry across to Quebec.
The ferry provides the best view of the Chateau Frontenac which is perched atop the cliff within the confines of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This imposing hotel opened in 1893 and is regarded as the most photographed hotel in the world.
It has been a quantum leap from the rural areas of the maritime provinces to the bustle of a city.
We are staying in a quiet, residential area, a few narrow streets away from Rue Saint-Jean. Although this street is several blocks from the walled city and its cobblestone streets, it is no less historic and interesting.
This is the oldest grocery store in North America – it opened in 1871. We delved in and bought a few goodies. The interior is absolutely amazing.
Today we walked to the old walled city and took in some of the sights, along with hundreds of others. A cruise ship in the harbour must have helped swell the numbers even further.
Part of the steps leading down to Lower Town.
Some of the crowds on Petit-Champlain.
Flowers are everywhere.
An amazing mural – the front of the building really is brick and the bricks on the end are part of the mural. Even from quite close, it is almost impossible to pick the difference. I love the detail.
After taking in the sights, we headed back to the Upper Town where we attended an organ recital in the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame.
The exterior is not particularly fancy.
But the interior is a different story entirely.
We are here for 5 nights so there will be plenty more photos to show you in the coming days.