[Frontenac, Quebec City, (Rebecca 2014)]
Quebec City is around 3 hours drive from Montreal. The drive isn’t awe inspiring, but once at your destination you are rewarded with the most beautiful scenery. We were thrilled to make this trip finally a reality. Since arriving in Canada, Quebec City has been on our radar, and it is one of the few places close enough to us to go for just a day or a weekend.
Our first stop on this trip was to make a quick visit to Montmorency Falls which is just on the fringes of the city. So close in fact, that making your way to the Falls you can see the city close and impact full in the distance. Such a pretty sight to see the city perched on the cliff, teetering over the Saint Lawrence River and of course to see the outline of the world famous Frontenac building.
As we visited in March there was still snow on the ground, actually there was quite a lot of the white stuff! We had just had another large snow fall the day before our journey. But this only made it more magical in my eyes as the water fall was half frozen. It really was stunning to see this natural wonder in the winter season. If visiting the area I would highly recommend making this a pit stop to stretch your legs and breathe in the delicious fresh air.
The falls can be explored by foot, cable car or even snow shoeing in the winter months. We opted to walk around the clearly marked path that leads to the high bridge stretching out from one side to the other. Here we took some snaps and spent a few moments looking as far as we could see.
Jumping back in our car we made our way back in to the city, parked up and got ready to explore.
The city is thought of in two parts, the lower city and the upper city. It is easy to navigate your way around by foot and small enough to ensure you get to see everything you want to at a leisurely pace. And you really should just soak it up, look up at your surroundings and enjoy the beautiful architecture on offer. Before leaving we had downloaded a free podcast to give us brief over views on the most notorious landmarks in the city, so we used this as a guide.
^^ A delicious almond croissant (which just so happen to be my favourite!) with a big bite out of it from yours truly! Jason had an equally lovely pain au chocolat and if you’re interested they’re his fave too! From the highly recommended boulangerie ‘Paillard’, go and visit for lots of baked goods and strong coffee!
The Chateau Frontenac building is one of the most photographed hotels in the world and it is easy to see why, it can be seen from lots of points in the city giving it a worthy and dramatic back drop. You are free to visit this building and take a look inside, at the time of our visit the building was under renovation. But there are a few small glass cabinets housing historic artifacts and some historical facts on the building and Quebec to take a look at.
Once inside we went up the stairs to the bar area to enjoy a pre- dinner cocktail. I had the gorgeous pear cosmopolitan and Jason opted for a whiskey concoction that I can’t remember the name of!
After devouring lots of bar snacks, we headed out into the cold to look out over the icy St Lawrence river. ^^Isn’t it so beautiful!
Quebec part 2 will be posted soon. Hope you are having a good Wednesday!