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Day 11: St. Charles River Walk

Yesterday was the perfect day to do a long walk. We awoke to clear blue skies and the temperature hovering around 17 degrees, with a soft light breeze. What more could we ask for, for a walk along the St. Charles river. There are walking paths (and yes, cycle paths too) for almost the entire length of this tributary river. What’s great is that each year they’ve added extra kilometres, so that you can plan any one of several types of walk. Choose up stream left bank, or downstream right bank … well, you get the picture. We did a bus ride to the other side of the city, to Victoria Park, as we had decided to walk upstream on the right hand side of the river, heading back towards our own part of the city. It’s a direction we don’t do very often, so it gave us a new perspective on the views. And it’s always fun to choose a different direction so as to not get boring. I think we managed about 5 …

Day Nine: Muscle Bound

No, I am not talking about lifting weights to enter a Body Building contest, or the like. Nor am I considering looking like cigar-chewing Arnie. Oh my, no! I’m talking about something happening in the last day or so in which I seemed to have pulled/hurt a muscle in the small of my back. Which is now causing me some discomfort. Nothing serious… I hope. But, nonetheless, if I move in a certain way, said muscle lets it be known it doesn’t want me to go in that direction. So, we’re taking a few days of quiet time, and will, in all likelihood, be staying close to home and or not doing anything too strenuous. I just want to give my ‘twinge’ time to settle and or decide what it’s going to do: heal or become a full-on pain in the back. Because, getting an appointment with the doctor around here is nigh on impossible. Well, actually you can get an appointment, it just might be anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks from now. Anyway, …

Day 8: Tales of the River

Our Sunday didn’t dawn as bright and sunny as the rest of this last week has been. But still, undeterred by a bit of cloud-cover, we decided as it was cool, and somewhat overcast, this would be the perfect day to take the ferry across the mighty St. Lawrence river to… well, of course, the other side. The other side being the city of Lévis. The historic twin to Québec City. The truth is, there’s not a great deal to see in Lévis, but the whole point of the trip is not to actually visit poor Lévis. But to enjoy the five minute crossing while … yes, of course, taking pictures of Québec City. This river crossing is, for some, the highlight of their visit to the city, because of the views afforded passengers. As you pull away from the quay side in Old Québec, you are gifted a view of the old quarter, citadel, and much of the water front. Which is, in fact, dominated by one world-famous, most photographed building (according to the …

Day Seven: Bois de Coulonge

Or, in English: the woods of the Coulonge. Yesterday saw us take a long, slow walk out to the Bois de Coulonge, the former residences of the Governor General of Québec, dating from 1657. When the residence burned down, however, the grounds were turned into a park rather than rebuilding the gutted buildings. So, under clear blue skies and cooler temperatures—25 degrees with a lovely light breeze—we ambled our way around 24 hectares of parkland and wood, with manicured lawns, an orchard, wild wood, where, at the end of winter, due to all the maples in the park area, they open a Sugar Shack. Yes, you can go and buy fresh made maple syrup by the gallon jug! There’s also a lovely gazebo with commanding views out over the St. Lawrence river, one of our favourite spots to go and sit in the shade. This is, for us, our local park, being only a ten minute walk from our apartment complex, so we visit often through the various season, and have seen a great deal …