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Je me Souviens-Quebec City

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A June 2002 trip to Quebec City by zabelle

Mural on Rue Petit Champlain Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Je me souviens "I will remember" is the motto of the Province de Quebec. It refers to their fallen heros but could just as easily refer to every tourist who visits there. Every moment of your visit will be one that you will want to remember time and time again.

Je me Souviens-Quebec City

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Overview

Mural on Rue Petit Champlain Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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No where else in North America can the Francophile and the Anglophile find such a harmonious blend of yesterday and tomorrow. Today as never before, it’s okay to be English speaking. I was delighted with everyone we met. There was an air of friendliness that has at times been lacking toward their neighbors to the south. I never had to use my French at all, everyone from our hotel, to the restaurants, to the many attractions we visited was more than willing to speak English as soon as they heard our voices. Maybe it has to do with the new world order, I don’t know, but it was wonderful, especially for my husband and daughter-in-law who don’t speak any French. Quick Tips: Because this was ...Read More

Loews Le Concorde Hotel

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Hotel

Loews Le Concorde Hotel Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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I'm not easy to impress but the Loews La Concorde managed to do it within the first 5 minutes I was there. We were treated like special guests, even though we were on a sharply discounted rate of $74 (before tax). I had the foresight to sign up for the Loews First Card, and it made all the difference in the world. We got room upgrades, a welcome gift ( 2 bottles of Evian and a plate of delicious chocolates), an English newspaper, and a very warm welcome. When we arrived at our beautiful non-smoking room on the 22 floor with the wonderful view of the Chateau Frontenac, we were dismayed to find the smell of smoke was so strong in the room we were unable to stand it. A brief visit to the front desk had u...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Loews Le Concorde Hotel
1225 COURS DU GNRAL DE MONTCALM
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 647-2222

Cafe Bar

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Restaurant | "Cafe Bar sur la Cap"

Cafe Bar Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The Café Bar Sur le Cap is located right off the Loews Hotel lobby. It offers buffet breakfast as well as a la carte choices. We ate breakfast there both mornings. It was a wonderful buffet that mixed the best of Canadian breakfast foods and American. It was set up in three areas: one had hot food and fruit, the second had the breads, cereals and juices, and the third had the crepes, pancakes and waffles. Both French and English newspapers are put out for the customers to read. There are all the usual food choices: sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, home fries, sliced ham, fresh fruit with a touch of honey, a hollowed out watermelon with the fruit in wedges, yogurt, cottage cheese, sliced cheese, apple...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Cafe Bar
96 Belgrave Gate
Quebec City, Quebec LE1 3GR

Astral

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Restaurant | "L'Astral "

Astral Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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We decided at the last minute to celebrate our anniversary by having dinner at L’Astral Restaurant. We just took the elevator up to the 25th floor at 9pm and asked them if they could seat us. It was Saturday night and the place was packed but luckily we were able to get a small table for two at the second level from the window. I mention the window because L’Astral revolves and it gives a panoramic view of Quebec in about 90 minutes. They offer a grand buffet as well as three course menus. I ordered the lamb cutlet with thyme sauce. Al had the Sirloin steak. For a starter we had the choice of cream of carrot soup or salad. Al had the carrot soup, I had the salad. The soup was a good size bowl w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Astral
1225 Place Montcalm
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4W6
+1 418 647 2222

Manoir Montmorency

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Restaurant

Manoir Montmorency Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Manoir Montmorency is almost a legend in the area for their Sunday Brunch but we arrived too late for that. Actually there were only a few other diners by the time we arrived so we had our choice of where we wanted to sit. The dining room had a very formal look and we wondered if perhaps we might be under dressed. I suspect that if you are here for the brunch upscale might be the way to go. This was a wonderful restaurant to visit on a sunny June day. We chose to eat on the verandah overlooking the Falls. We had a table right at the edge where we had a great view. Most of the verandah is covered with an awning but the tables at the railing are in the open. Luckily we chose 3pm to eat and the s...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Manoir Montmorency
2490 Royale Ave
Beauport, Quebec G1C 1S1
+1 418 663 3330

Grande Cafe

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Restaurant

Grande Cafe Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Located on the corner of Grande Allee and Rue D’Artigny, the Grande Cafe has an ideal location for people-watching. We stop here almost every time we come to Quebec. You can eat outdoors or inside, depending on the weather. They offer an eclectic mix of Mexican, Oriental and Italian food. The atmosphere is loaded with charm as the caleches clip clop by on their tours, the ambiance is marred only by the smell of diesel fuel from the buses. The décor is simple but charming. The napkins and silverware are set in the middle of the tables in flowerpots. The breadbasket offers wheat and white baguettes, warm and crispy with lots of fresh butter. I had penne with grilled asparagus, green ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Grande Cafe
690 Grande Allee
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 529-6237

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency

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Attraction

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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We have been to Montmorency Falls many times in the past and have always been impressed with their beauty and power. As a child we drove along the old road near the river on the south side we always watched patiently for a glimpse of the falls to see where my parents had visited on their honeymoon. We were always rewarded with an all too brief flash of white in the distance. Years latter, Al and I took our children to visit the falls, in those days things were very informal and they could run right up to the spray from our car. Today, Montmorency Falls is a historic site, and for a $7.50 parking fee you can walk up to where the spray flies. For $7 return you can take the cable car to Montmorency Ma...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Parc de la Chute-Montmorency
2490 Ave Royale
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 663-3330

Saint Petronille

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Attraction | "Ste Petronille"

Saint Petronille Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Ste. Petronille is the youngest of the Ile d’Orleans parishes. It is also home to the first church, the Chapel of the Hurons. It was a favorite getaway for wealthy Quebec families in the 1800s, and the town is picturesque as a result. We have visited the Ile before but never Ste. Petronille. It was a delightful surprise. As you come off the bridge, go up the hill and take a right at the first traffic light. The information center will be on your right. You may want to stop here to pick up some information or the headphone tour along Rue Royale. We didn’t stop this time. We were looking for the local vineyard. About a mile down the road on the right-hand side you will see a sign for ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Saint Petronille
Rue Royale
Quebec City, Quebec

Ursulines Museum

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Attraction | "Ursuline Convent"

Ursulines Museum Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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In 1639, a hardy band of women headed by Marie Guyart and Madam de Peltrie came to Quebec in answer to a plea from the Jesuits. They needed an order of nuns to come and teach French to the native girls. Marie Guyart, who is better known as Marie de l’Incarnation, had joined the Ursuline Order after the death of her husband. She left her son to answer God’s call. And it’s lucky for all of us of Canadian decent that she decided to come to Canada. Her letters to her son contain some of the most valuable information on life in the early colony. She recorded ship arrivals and other information of great historical interest. She was also a strong woman in a man’s world and she had to fight the authorities t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Ursulines Museum
12 Donnaconna St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4T1
+1 418 694 0694

Ghost Tours

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Attraction

Ghost Tours Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Ghost Tours is the brainchild of Laurie Thatcher. She has run a similar tour in Ontario for 4 years; this one began in Quebec City on May 1st, 2002. All the research for the events that are recounted on the tour was done at the National Library in Ottawa. Our guide for the evening was Laura Comeau. We called ahead to book our spot on the tour. It is $10 American or $15 Canadian and lasts about 90 minutes. Tours in English run at 7, 8 and 9pm every evening from May through October. Laura was an amazing guide. She has a great speaking voice and she knows her role perfectly; even the bat that flew around us hardly made her miss a beat. What you get for your $10 is a fast-paced tour of the lower a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Ghost Tours
Rue Petit Champlain / Rue Champlain
Quebec City, Quebec

Battlefields National Park

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Attraction | "The Canada Odyssey"

Battlefields National Park Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Within the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham is the multimedia exhibit entitled Canada Odyssey. The building itself is quite lovely, modeled after the castles of the Loire Valley, it was designated a historic monument in 1998. It is the ideal place to begin any tour of Battlefield Park. There is a parking lot here where you can park for 12 hours for $6; that alone makes it a must-stop. The multimedia part of the exhibit is located in three rooms. You sit down on a bench and place headphones on your head. You can adjust the volume and it is offered in a choice of 4 languages: English, French, Spanish and Japanese. Your hosts are Generals Montcalm and Wolfe, with an appearance by Abraham...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 14, 2002

Battlefields National Park
835 Wilfrid-laurier Ave (near Honoré-mercier)
Quebec, Quebec G1R 2L3
+1 418 648 4071

Quick Tips

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St Louis Gate Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Money - use your ATM or credit card whenever possible. Never use a Bureau de Change; the rates are awful. Banks charge a heavy fee to change your money, so they are also best avoided. Check with your hotel: most will exchange some money for you at a competitive rate. Also many stores and restaurants in Quebec will give a generous exchange rate for American dollars, sometimes even better than the official rates. VAT - Quebec charges several different taxes. I feel sorry for the locals who have to live in this highly-taxed country. You, however, will be able to get a refund of part of the tax you pay for lodging and shopping. Unfortunately, Quebec no longer refunds their provincial,...Read More