Quebec City Journals

Old Quebec in a Day and a Night

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A September 2005 trip to Quebec City by shaunandtrish

Hilton Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: The title of this journal is a bit of a misnomer. It was half a day and a night.

Old Quebec in a Day and a Night

Overview

The St Lawrence Valley Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The highlights of this lovely place are all to be had simply by wandering around. Not only is it quite exquisite, but the changing light throughout the day gives a second and then a third treat - day-dusk-night. The commercial intrusion is limited, too. I suspect planning regs are tight here, so the old town, tourist trap that it certainly is, carries it off with a lot more class than is usual. The dusk time is easy to miss out on because it comes and goes so quickly, but it's worthwhile trying to be at the citadel overlooking the St Lawrence when it happens.Quick Tips: Paying a bit extra for a centrally located hotel is worthwhile. You can't get more central than the Chateau Frontenac - but ...Read More

Hilton Quebec

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Hotel | "Hilton International"

Hilton Quebec Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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With only a half day and a night to sample what Quebec has to offer, we needed a hotel with a central location. This effectively meant being prepared to pay the going rate of C$200 or more at that time of year. After a bit of searching, we found a competitive rate at this outstandingly situated hotel on Expedia. It is just outside the old city walls off the Rue St Jean and directly adjacent to the parliament building, so it gets 10 out of 10 for location. Navigation was okay, too. Generally I approach venturing into the heart of a major foreign city in an unfamiliar car on the wrong side of the road with trepidation. I can't think why. However, locating and parking up at the Hilton was surprisingly st...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

Hilton Quebec
1100 RENE LEVESQUE EST
Quebec City, Quebec G1K7K7
18004472411

La Piazzetta

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Restaurant

La Piazzetta Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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On our initial wanderings around old Quebec and along Rue St Jean, just outside the city walls, we'd noticed that prices were lower outside than in. We also noticed the busy bohemian feel of the Rue St Jean outside the city walls, with its student crowd, secondhand book shops, craft shops, and the like, so we decided to try that end for our evening meal. I'd noticed an intriguing reference to a bistro called Le Hobbit in the Canada Rough Guide, and we'd more or less decided to go and investigate that establishment, but when we got there, it was shut. No matter - the Piazetta is directly opposite, so we went in there instead - unusually for us, we'd managed not to have a pizza thus far on this holiday....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

La Piazzetta
707 Rue St-Jean
Quebec City, Quebec
418/529-7489

Maison Serge Bruyère

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Restaurant | "Pub St Patrick/Cafe Bruyere"

Maison Serge Bruyère Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This place is right in the middle of the old city on its busiest street. It has an open-air terrace facing out onto the street, so you can take photos of people taking photos while you sip your drinks if you’d like. As you can image, it's a tourist trap and seemed generally filled to the brim with people just wanting to rest up in that central location. Despite the relatively high prices charged in places like this, there is something inevitable about it all, especially on a hot day in a nice place. You wander past people sitting under parasols with half-eaten salads and glasses of beer.So, you peer along the terrace, trying to determine if there's a free table, and wander in tentatively to be gree...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

Maison Serge Bruyère
1200 St-Jean St
Quebec, Quebec G1R 1S8
+1 418 694 0618

Accent Bistro

Restaurant | "L'Oeuferie"

Accent Bistro Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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This pleasant little bistro offers a very wide range of tasty and well-presented breakfasts with views out onto the Rue St Jean, so you can watch the city waking up while you eat. And it’s just a 5-minute walk down the bank from the Hilton Hotel. It offers a very fine range of (as the name would suggest) egg-based breakfast fayre - loads of omeletes and variations on that theme, waffles, toast, pastries, fruit, and some special plate combinations. In the end, we elected for an Omelette "Western" (i.e. a big omelette with bacon and hash browns) and waffles (beautifully presented with whipped cream and a good-sized portion of fresh fruit). It was all washed down with some good tea and coffee. It's ve...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 16, 2005

Accent Bistro
810 Honore-Mercier
Quebec City, Quebec G1R 5N4
(418) 521-4044

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Cannon des Sources Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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We were only ever going to be able to slot in one night in Quebec, and I can remember various versions of the holiday plan that sacrificed it altogether on the argument that it was an extra 500 miles for the sake of a half-a-day photo stop, and on reflection, a big gamble was taken on fair weather. If it had poured with rain on that half day, that would have made the 500-mile loop around the city look like a bit of a stupid decision. No matter, it stayed in and we got away with it. It was 500 miles, but worth it. First off, it was easy to get in and park up. The hotel we chose put us right where we needed to be in order to see everything in the old town at least on foot. The time did limit us to the o...Read More

Par Nuit ...

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Frontenac by night Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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The old town is a different attraction again in its own right by day, by dusk, and by night, arguably more beautiful the later it gets. The combination of the old walls, the European-style architecture, the elevated position over the vast St Lawrence, and its valley and the lighting make it simply... well... beautiful.Overlooking the St Lawrence from the Citadel is the place to be at dusk. Wander along the tops of the city walls, take some photographs of the fading light over the river as an illuminated river freight passes quietly by, and watch the groundhogs sneaking out from the bushes for a bit of a nocturnal forage. Alternatively, you can try to be in two places at once, as the boardwal...Read More