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Quebec with Alex

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A May 2003 trip to Quebec City by zabelle

Alex being Alex Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: Bringing our grandson Alex to Quebec was like visiting ourselves for the first time. . Seeing everything from his nine-year-old perspective put a fresh slant on all the old places.

Quebec with Alex

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Overview

Alex being Alex Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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To bring the family to life, we stayed at the ancestral family home for 2 nights, and I was able to show him pictures, bring him to the cemetery, and introduce him to the monuments dedicated to the men and women who made him who he is. Being spoiled by his great grandma and great-great aunt didn’t hurt, either. Now he was ready to be introduced to Quebec. We made Montmorency Falls our first stop. This will fascinate children of any age. We took the cable car to the top and walked out onto the bridge over the falls. A short shopping stop at Montmorency Manoir, and we took the ca...Read More

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac

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Hotel | "Chateau Frontenac"

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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I like to think that I am a sophisticated traveler of sorts and not easy to impress. I was impressed by the Frontenac from the moment I entered the lobby. Just the elevators are impressive, shiny gold and carved. The staff could not have been nicer and they treated Alex like a very special guest. They even brought him cookies and milk in the early evening. Our room was everything I could have wanted, impeccably clean, well furnished with two double beds, a chair and ottoman, desk, bench and TV with plenty of English speaking channels. We had a corner room with view out to the river; we had only paid for city views so I was very excited. Our bedspreads were toile and we had featherbeds under them...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
1 RUE DES CARRIERES
Quebec City, Quebec G1R4P5
418 692-3861

Pizzadelic

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Restaurant

Pizzadelic Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Rue Cartier is one of those charming little streets that every city has lined with restaurants of every sort. We stop here almost every year and we usually make Pizzadelic our choice. To call it a pizza restaurant is to underestimate it greatly. They offer a whole lot more than just pizza.The décor is best described as funky and the help is always young here. The patrons however is a mixed bag, plenty of young people but next to us, a large family group is celebrating. You can choose to eat outdoors if the weather permits and that is half the fun of Rue Cartier, people watching.We decided that the best buy was the Table Haute de Soir. It offered salad or soup and an e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Pizzadelic
1145 Rue Cartier
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 525-5981

Buffet Orlans

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Restaurant | "Buffet d'Orleans"

Buffet Orlans Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This is one of our favorite local restaurants. It is a very convenient stop if you are visiting the Isle d’Orleans or Montmorency Falls. The bridge to the island is the same exit as the exit for Montmorency Falls. This is a good place to sample the regional cuisine of Quebec in a relaxed atmosphere. The prices are those the locals are willing to pay.After you cross the bridge go straight up the hill, as you reach the light you will see the restaurant, go through the light, it is on your left. There is a Casse Crout also; The Casse Crout is the Quebec version of a drive up hamburger joint. You can get french fries, burgers, hot-dogs, ice cream. They are located in almost every town along...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Buffet Orlans
1025 Rue Prevost RR1
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 828-0013

Aux Anciens Canadiens

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Restaurant

Aux Anciens Canadiens Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Located in what is arguably the oldest house in Quebec City Aux Anciens Canadiens is a bastion of Quebecois cuisine. You can feast on Tortiere or Lac St. Jean Meat Pie, eat pork and beans as only a Canadian makes them, or if you are Alex and Al you can find something that resembles the food back home to satisfy your hunger. We stopped here on a Sunday afternoon at about 2:00pm and were able to order from their fixed luncheon menu. For 14.75, you get to have a biere (blonde or b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Aux Anciens Canadiens
34 Rue Saint Louis
Quebec City, Quebec G1R 4P3
(418) 692-1627

Dufferin Terrace

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Attraction | "Terrasse Dufferin/Promenade des Gouverneurs"

Dufferin Terrace Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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If you are up for an early morning walk, I would like to recommend Quebec City in general. Built as it is on the high promenade above the river it offers a nearly endless variety of ways to get a good workout while enjoying the scenic views. Monday morning the sun was shining. It made all of us feeling like getting some exercise. We walked out of the Chateau Frontenac and onto the Terrasse Dufferin. Unless you have been to Quebec, it will be hard to explain how hard the wind blows down the St Lawrence Valley, but to say it is brisk even at the best of times is an understatement. This particular morning it was strong enough to make my hair stand straight out in front of me. Check out the pho...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Dufferin Terrace
Place Terrasse Dufferin
Quebec, Quebec G1R 4P5
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Cyclorama

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Attraction

Cyclorama Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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At first glance, the cyclorama appears very simplistic but it is deceiving. The longer you look at it the more you see. It is an amazingly detailed painting that was created in Munich in 1882. The actual painting took three artists four years to complete. Before the painting began, a year was spent in Jerusalem doing research. There is an audio program that runs for 15 minutes and alternates between English and French. When we arrived, the French narrative had just begun so it gave us the time to walk around in the opposite direction of the rest of the audience. (I listen to the French narration with half an ear). What you get are the sounds of everyday life in Jerusalem at the time of...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

Cyclorama
8 Rue Regina
Quebec City, Quebec
(418) 827-3101

Battlefields National Park

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Attraction | "Battlefield Park Interpretation Center"

Battlefields National Park Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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UPDATE 2007 The Battlefield Interpretation Center is no longer at this locationIn 1759, Quebec was caught in the middle of the conflict between the French and the English. This was not the first time the colony had been invaded but this time the balance of power depended on which reinforcement ship arrived first. Every time I watch the recreation of this battle, I hope in vain that this time the French will arrive first but alas it was not to be. The history of Canada would be changed forever by the outcome of this battle. I, like so many other people of French Canadian decent lost an ancestor to this conflict so it has a personal meaning for me.The Interpretation Center d...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2003

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

Entertaining Alex or any 9-year-old

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Alex in the spray Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Montmorancy Falls: The falls will delight any child or adult. The trip on the cable car was a whole new experience. The cost was $19.50 for all three of us for round trip. Bring rain gear if you plan to walk along the lower walkways to the bottom of the falls. The spray is tremendous and you will be saturation within seconds. There are plenty of shopping opportunities both at the top and bottom of the falls. Getting your portrait done Nothing compares to a charcoal drawing of your child or grandchild. Believe it or not, Alex was able to sit still for almost the entire 45 minutes. By the end, he was squirming because he needed to use the bathroom. Marc Audet is a talented artist and...Read More