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March 23, 2006
If you know very little about Quebec City, it may be helpful to see this multimedia show before hitting the cobblestones. It’s history with a bang – literally – as surprises pop out of the walls, the floor, and the ceiling. A giant screen, 3D glasses, and mobile screens on the side walls enhance the experience. The history is a bit simplistic - it's only 30 minutes after all but several defining moments and virtual figures are showcased, from early explorers (like Jacques Cartier), religious leaders and Amer-Indians to contemporary cultural icons.
The show may even help orient your visit; it provides an overview of a few landmark sights, such as the Chateau Frontenac Hotel, where Winston Churchill once stayed, the Quebec Bridge and the Citadel, a star-shaped fortress known as the Gibraltar of the Americas. Check the web site for English show times. (www.quebecexperience.com). Adults are $7.50, and there are special rates for families. If you're hungry afterwards, there is a sweetshop just around the corner from the viewing room, and a cafe on the floor below.
From journal Spring Break in Quebec City
June 28, 2001
Seating is on benches that are not very comfortable and would be terrible for someone with a bad back. There have no backs to lean on.
This is a very popular attraction and we went to see it at 9pm at night. Still we had to wait in a long line with lots of teenagers who were loud and obnoxious some of the time.
The show itself is facinating but the seating needs to be worked on for real enjoyment by adults.
From journal A weekend in the Paris of the North