All posts tagged: Around The City


It’s coming up for that time of year, again, and the City always dresses up the gardens in and around City Hall (Hôtel de ville) for everyone’s enjoyment: tourist and resident alike. It’s always fun to see what they will come up with. Does your town or city get carried away at Halloween as we do here? And yes, that’s fake steam you can see coming off the garden … spooky, right? Oh, and that’s me next to the giant pumpkin, I’m the one wearing the black toque looking spiffy in my sunglasses!

The Queen Mary II

As we are a city of culture and heritage situated along the mighty St. Lawrence river, we are also fortunate enough to be a popular destination for many tourists, including a full schedule of cruise ships. Who come here spring, summer, and especially, throughout the Fall. This past weekend saw the gigantic Queen Mary II pull into port and grace us with her presence for a full two days. Disgorging several hundred passengers to sightsee our beautiful city. Like many locals, I grabbed my camera and went to pay the Queen a visit and, as you will see, the ships moor almost right next to street in the Old Quarter—talk about great views.

Day 16: Plains of Abraham

Today we had something of a late start to our morning having gone to sleep with the windows closed, last night. Due to the rain, I might add, and not because of any heat issues. And while we might have hoped for cooler weather today—after yesterday’s day of rain—it dawned humid, hot, and sunny. Change of plans. Instead of a long walk, we shifted to our Plan B. Took a short bus ride to the Grand Theatre de Québec (under reno), and headed for the Jeanne D’Arc Gardens. Which was to be our start point of a short walk around the Plains of Abraham, the historic site where the French and British, under the commands of Montcalm and Wolfe, battled for supremacy. This was to be a monument walk around the Plains, however, the city doing a year of refurbishment and repair works, also included works in and around the plains. Walls being rebuilt, monuments cleaned, areas re-grassed, that sort of thing. So our short walk tuned out even shorter than expected. Which, given the …