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Louise Penny: A virtual Tour

Welcome to the Bury Your Dead mini tour of Québec City. “As Québec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the most unusual case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city’s oldest buildings—a library where the English citizens of Québec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries…a mystery Gamache must solve if he’s to apprehend a present-day killer.” Hi, my name is Alex, and I’ll be your tour guide for the remained of this post. Bury Your Dead, Louise Penny‘s six book in her Gamache series is set here in Québec City, in the dead of winter. Which, I might add, are several months long and reach temperatures even your long johns are not prepared for! But I digress. The book opens with Gamache thinking deeply about the terrible events of a raid gone wrong, as he sits across …


I took an early bus up to the University Laval this morning, and the Roger Van den Hende Botanic Gardens to see what spring flowers were in bloom, and wasn’t disappointed. Though not in full-bloom yet, even though we’re well into the first week of May, there was, nonetheless, plenty to see. Including a few tulips, daffodils, primula, and the most gloriously perfumed hyacinths you could imagine. I was also privy to a spectacular show of colour from any number of birds—some of whose names escape me—as they darted back and forth from the feeders.

You Know You Are

A Quebecker, When … You know who Bernard Landry or Pauline Marois are You eat poutine at least once a week You take offence if you are called French You watch Le Canadiens, religiously You still eat ice cream when it’s minus 30 below You know the words to the National anthem, in French You discuss sovereignty over beer while watching a hockey game You measure distances between cities in hours not kilometres You know there are only two season, Winter and July You lived through the 1998 Ice Storm You know what a Sugar Shack is You take your holidays at the same time as the “Construction Holidays” You order your pizza “all-dressed” You can add GST/sales tax in your head faster than IBMs Watson You Interac when you go shopping at the mall You do the Québec Lotto every week though no one in Québec has ever won You regularly see rubber chickens hiding in potholes You laugh at 10 feet of snow and drive 100 km to visit friends You know what …

Spring Has Sprung

This is the forth day in a row where we’ve enjoyed blue skies and warm weather, making me believe for the first time that Spring might actually be here. So much so, I took a trip across town to the University Laval Botanic Gardens, to see if I could find any spring flowers. I did, and then some.