The World Class Traveler

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

What To Expect In Quebec City

How convenient it is to take a 2 hour bus ride from Montreal to Quebec City.  Transportation provided by Orleans Express. Very reasonable priced tickets and a variety of times to choose from throughout the day. 
Quebec City Bus Terminal
From the bus terminal it was a short cab ride to the Chateau Laurier Hotel located in 
the Old Town Quebec City.  


From what I notice, Quebec City isn't one of Canada's larger cities.  With that said, it seems to be pretty easy to get around town. You can get around in a hop skip and a jump, whether you decide to do a tour, take a cab, or walk around.  Give yourself a couple days to spread the sightseeing out that way you don't miss a beat.

After checking into the Chateau Laurier Hotel, I had quite an appetite.  So many options to choose from, but where would I pick for my first meal. I do recall the Chateau Laurier concierge recommending a restaurant called Savini. This restaurant is located in Old Quebec City. Savini is one of Quebec Cities top restaurants. The reviews from the hotel are the cuisine is superb and the restaurant has a phenomenal ambiance. 


As I arrived to the restaurant the hostess asked if I wanted to sit in or out. That question wasn't hard to answer, I replied, "Outside please." Oh boy oh boy, the weather was beautiful and the streets were hopping. Great time to people watch and enjoy my meal at the same time.

Indoor Seating 
Private Wine Tasting Area
The restaurant staff mentioned that on certain days of the week the restaurant has special trained Cirque Du Soleil dancers who perform on the hoop that you see in the photo. The performance is usually in the evenings. If you are interested in checking this out please
contact the restaurant directly to get further details.


You will find below that the items that were chosen, came highly recommended by wait staff.  Feast your eyes on this delicious 4 course meal that I put together myself.

2 Starters:
Beef Carpaccio topped with arugala and shaved parmesan cheese

Prosciutto with melon

Try wrapping the prosciutto around the melon, I find that it has a nice sweet and salty taste

Main Course:
(This is an Italian Favorite)
Chicken Parmesan with fettuccine alfredo paired with a vegetable medley

Desert:
Could you resist eating this dessert? Not in a million years would I pass up an exquisite dessert that looks like this. Beautiful presentation. To be honest it was hard to take a bite. I didn't want to ruin a masterpiece. 

Alright well time to close the night!!


The best way to start my adventure in Quebec City is to take a group bike ride to see one of the most famous sites, Montmorency Falls.

Quebec Bike Tour

The bike ride tour is approximately a 45 minute ride from Downtown Quebec City to Montmorency Falls. The tour has a few stops in between to see other sights along the way. You get a beautiful view of the city and the ride is pretty smooth. On this bike trail you get to enjoy sharing the road with other bikers, joggers, and roller-skaters.

The first stop we made was a quick one to the Chateau Angos-Des Maizerets, didn't have much time to explore. If you'd like to get more information about this tourist site please visit the website.
Stopping to snap some photos of the view

Our Final Destination, Montmorency Falls!!!

A little history about Montmorency Falls, it is located between the borough of Beauport and Boischatel, it is approximately 7.5 miles from the heart of the Old Quebec City.  The area surrounding the falls is protected within the Falls Park.  This is the mouth of the Montmorency River where it drops over the cliff shore into the Saint Lawrence River, opposite from Ile d'Orleans.


It was so exciting to take a Funitel also known as an aerial tram, that transports you up to the Falls. Lots of chit chatting with all the different people riding on the aerial tram with me. We talked about the beautiful scenery around us and what to expect when getting to the top.


There are staircases that allow visitors to view the falls from several different perspectives.  The picture of me above I am on a suspension bridge that is located over the crest of the falls, this provides access to both sides of the park, and as a plus you get an incredible view.


In the summer the park hosts an international fireworks competition with the falls as a backdrop.

After all the excitement, its time to walk down some steep stairs. Just as a safety precaution, make sure to hang on tight when walking down, the stairs can be pretty slippery. 


Time to ride back to town, I have plenty of energy what shall I do next?


I came across an indoor food market called, Marche Du Vieux Port, that looked pretty interesting. Maybe its like the ones we have back in the United States.



As I walked around there was so much fresh fruits, vegetables, pastry items, and so much more to choose from.  I enjoyed just walking around and trying different samples of things.


After I left the indoor food market I just couldn't resist going to see the hotel that is said to drops jaws......


The old historic hotel is a Unesco World Heritage Site, and has been around for decades, there are 611 guest-rooms and suites if you want the comfort of old luxury, you have come to the right place.  Expect to pay top dollar prices when booking this hotel. "You get what you pay for." 
Keep in mind its a good idea to book ahead, availability might be limited depending on the time of year you visit. 

                                      

As I walked into the hotel and stepped into the main corridor area, I got that old royal feeling.  As I looked around, I felt like I was in one of those movies about a king and queen.  Lots of bright lights coming from the beautiful chandeliers. 

There is much history in this hotel and if you have time, take a tour through.  When I went inside it was very busy, lots of conventions and events going on.


The reputation of the restaurants is nothing but high quality.  Also if you decide to take a peek around yourself there is a small museum behind glass with some history about the hotel.


There are limited areas for tourists who are not staying at the hotel.  After I did some peeking around I made my way back to the hotel.  I think I did enough for one day, don't ya think....

3 comments:

  1. Wow!!! I never knew how much Quebec City has to offer! I didn't even know that I want to go there until reading your blog! This looks so awesome!

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  2. Dinner sounds quite tasty, please tell me more about the cuisine and when the best time to see the Cirque show? Looks like an amazing bike ride, my best friend would very much enjoy this. I would love to go and experience the history of the Fairmont. And if I decide to have some snacks while walking around, I will go to that indoor market and grab some goodies.

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  3. Wow - Great pics! Nice reccomendations....i plan to visit soon

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