Saturday, 15 September 2012


We finally arrived to Quebec City, the capital of the Quebec Province. It is located next to a narrowing of the Saint Lawrence River. Therefore, it has a large harbour.

The city itself is located on a hill.

The most impressive building is the Château Frontenac.

If you think that it used to be a residence of some local dukes or kings you are wrong. First of all, there were never any dukes in Quebec. Second of all, the only kings that ever ruled Canada were the British kings - the country is a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elisabeth II as its head of state. And third of all, Château Frontenac is and has always been a hotel.

Anyway, I thought it would be nice to have a closer look at it. So we started to walk up the narrow streets.

The city walls of Quebec are officially a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are the only remaining fortified city walls that still exist in the Americas north of Mexico.
As I walked, I saw everywhere the blue-white flags of Quebec.

The colours and the motifs are a reference to the flag of French kings as this part of Canada used to belong to France since the 16th century. In fact, Quebec is still a French-speaking region.

We are approaching the castle.

Here you can see it in its full beauty.

I really enjoyed the walk but to be honest I was already a bit tired. Aleksandra told me however that we definitely need to see one more thing - the statue of Samuel the Champlain, the French explorer who founded the city of Quebec.

Finally, its lunch time.

Quebec proved to be a very nice city, with lots of friendly people. But it is time to move to new adventures. I hope it is an "au revoir" not an "adieu".

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