Exploring Old City Quebec

Tuesday and Wednesday, May 29 and 30, 2012

On Wednesday we had warm weather (cheers!) and sunshine, so because of the sunshine the Wednesday photos are much brighter.

Here is our continued introduction to the Old City of Quebec City. We did not try to see the sights of the new city.

The Old City is surrounded by a stone wall. Here is the St. Louis Gate.

The Upper Town of the Old City is large and is on a plateau surrounded by cliffs. Our Hotel Clarendon is in the Upper Town. The Lower Town is small and narrow, situated below the cliffs, along the St. Lawrence River.  You may go down to the Lower Town by the funicular.

Or you may use the steep “Breakneck Stairs.” We took the funicular once, and the steps three times. The steps are a grand workout for the heart!

Here is an open square in the Lower Town.

The church is the Roman Catholic Our Lady of Victories Church, commemorating the French victories against the British.

Nearby a colorful trompe l’oeil mural fills one side of a five-story building and features many historical characters in a modern setting.

This close-up shows the artistry better.

In the foreground take note of Samuel de Champlain, who here by the river founded the first French settlement, a trading post, in 1608.

And a few more scenes in Lower Town.

Next, back up the stairs to the Upper Town and a better, sunny-day view of Le Chateau Frontenac.

At the east corner of Frontenac is a statue honoring Samuel de Champlain.

We went to the Fort Museum to see and hear a narration and light show telling the story of Quebec. The diorama shows the city in about 1780.

We are standing on the south shore of the St. Lawrence, which enters from the left. The St. Charles River comes down from the top center to join the St. Lawrence.

A few street scenes.

Here is the oldest house in the province, built in 1676, now a restaurant featuring Quebecois specialties such as pheasant, bison, caribou, pea soup and maple syrup pie.

Across the street from our hotel is the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.

It was the first Anglican cathedral built outside the British Isles and was completed in 1804. The two British Army engineers who designed it were inspired by St. Martin-in-the-Field Church in London. The Cathedral now has a Sunday attendance of about 80 people.

On Wednesday morning we went there for the morning prayer service. Besides Jolene and me there were only two people present, the man who led the service and one other man. Afterwards we met them and found that the service leader was Bishop Dennis Drainville, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec. He was dressed in casual conventional clothes, but from the web site of the Diocese I learned that this is how he appears on more formal occasions.

The prayers in this service were broad in scope and deeply meaningful.

On Wednesday evening we had dinner on the patio of La Petite Italie restaurant. Excellent food, and generous portions.

Just outside the wall of Old City, on the west, is the impressive Parliament building.

Tomorrow, Thursday, we will leave for home, so this is likely my last post about our time in Quebec.

Thanks for joining us on our travels. Post a comment to let me know you are there.

May peace and joy from our heavenly Father be with you wherever you are.





2 Responses

  1. How beautiful!
    Thank you for posting all the sceneries on here.
    I would love to visit to Quebec someday-though I need to relearn the French to be able to navigate the city safely.
    See you at church!

    Young-joo Kim

    • Actually, nearly everyone here in the large cities speaks English as well as French, so you can come just as you are. I practiced very little French because they Quebecois spoke English so well that I was intimidated about trying my high school French..

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