THURSDAY – But of course, it’s raining again
The weather did a 360 and went from sunshine to clouds with the threat of rain and the temperature dropped a bit. Already totally acclimated as true Québécquois, we didn’t let a few clouds and raindrops deter us from our mission. Today’s sojourn was to be a walking tour of the Upper City; Quebec City consists of an Upper City and a Lower City. Hardly surprising as I’ve tried to relate to you the many ups and downs of the town. Armed with umbrellas we set off;
We headed straight to the Starbucks located on the Grande Allee for a shot of caffeine and warmth. Note the girls are wearing gloves today! The Upper City is outside the walls of Old Quebec and the size and magnitude of the buildings was a far cry from the stone houses in Vieux Quebec. Below is a photo of the street and doorway of our B & B.
The Ursuline nuns are a real presence in our neighborhood. There is a museum devoted to their order, they run a school and there are several plaques in the area with historical information regarding their historical contribution to the town.
As I said, the Grande Allee is home to several government buildings, the largest being The Parliament (pictured below).
The ediface is adorned with multiple life-size bronze statues depicting the heroes, statesmen and other historic figures. We went inside just to see the lobby and went through a security check just a shade less than an airport. Built in the late 1800’s it’s 8 stories high and quite elegant inside.
From there we took a quick look at The Plains of Abraham which on this day looked rather dismal and empty and certainly it was windier there than on the streets where the large buildings buffered us from some of the wind gusts. We passed a very large castle-like building which was the Mènage Militaire.
Time to eat again (quell surprise)! This afternoon we seem unable to make a unified decision as to where and what to eat! Everyday, I say I don’t care because I don’t usually eat lunch, however in the end I try to find something on the lighter side. Since we couldn’t agree on a restaurant or an ethnicity, we opted to go to Epicerie Europeenne, which was essentially a small market with a superb cheese and olive selection as well as pre-prepared sandwiches. Good choice for all! We decided to pick up some local cheese, a baguette, some olives and some gin and Bloody Ceasars for a pre-dinner at home cocktail hour. Another good choice!
All photos courtesy of Matt Weinstein