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Monday, October 27, 2008

Québec (Photos)

Québec, founded in 1608, is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year. It's an interesting little city, though it would be an inhospitable home in winter. For those who think Boston, Montreal and Philadelphia are "like European cities", think again. (Or visit Europe.) Québec puts all three in their (proper, North American) place; there's nowhere like it in North America.

Note: As I didn't bring a tripod on tour, my night shots are all hand-held long exposures. I'm delighted with their quality; all my practice is finally paying off. You need ninja stillness to pull off a two-second exposure.

This fountain lies just outside the city walls. In the background sits l'Hôtel du Parlement, home of l'Assemblée nationale, Québec's provincial parliament. Its Second Empire architecture resembles Philadelphia's City Hall, and sets it apart from other provincial parliament buildings.

Porte St. Louis - one of the four gates in the city walls.

Part of the massive Château Frontenac hotel, as viewed from the Terrasse Dufferin, a boardwalk overlooking the Basse-Ville (Lower Town).

The upper part of Le Château Frontenac. This building hosted two summits of Allied leaders in 1943 and 1944. I wonder which room is cheaper per night: Roosevelt's or Churchill's?

L'Édifice Price, Vieux-Québec's tallest structure. This small skyscraper from the Depression era was built in a fine Art Deco style.

A shot taken around le Séminaire de Québec and le Musée de l'Amérique française.

Cannons along the walls of l'Haute Ville (the Upper Town), overlooking the vast St. Lawrence River.

Another picture from the Upper Town. The statue is of Mgr François de Laval.

A narrow street in la Basse-Ville (the Lower Town), harbouring more than its fair share of souvenir shops.

An impressive mural in the Lower Town. Place Royale, the site of the founding settlement, is visible on the left.

The Funiculaire ferries people between the Lower and Upper Town. It's cool, but I preferred to use l'Escalier Casse-Cou (the Break-Neck Stairs).

The QE2 was docked at Québec on its final cruise around the world. I had no idea that cruise ships sailed so far upriver - Québec is hundreds of kilometres from the sea.

The bow of the departing QE2. The ship is enormous; even the Titanic was smaller.

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  • Hey! Happy to discover that you visited Quebec City, as I am originally from here. I was born and raised there, but move to Montreal when I was 20. I hope that you enjoyed your visit. Your pictures are great. The Château Frontenac is such a beautiful building, isn't it? I hope I'll get the chance to visit some of Europe castles one day.

    By Blogger Sonia, at Sun Mar 29, 05:53:00 a.m.  

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