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A July 2006 trip to Quebec City by zabelle

Relais Charles Alexandre Photo, Quebec City, Quebec More Photos
Quote: I spend at least 2 days every year in Quebec City and always find new things to do and old things to revisit.

Relais Charles Alexandre

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Hotel

Relais Charles Alexandre Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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I can’t imagine a warmer welcome than we received when we arrived at the Charles Alexandre Hotel. With twenty three rooms, it is a small, intimate hotel close to Battlefield Park and the wonderful Restaurants on Avenue Cartier. It is also less than a block from St Patrick Church where the only English Mass is said. Parking is only $8 a day, which is a bargain in any city. Our two rooms number 18 and 19 are reached by walking up two very steep flights of stairs. Check out my picture of AL after carrying our bags up the stairs. Lucky Jason was in charge of parking the mini van in the mini spot behind. There are rooms on the first floor if stairs are an issue.We were delighted with our room whi...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Relais Charles Alexandre
91, Grande-Allée Est
Quebec City, Quebec G1R 2H5
(418) 523-1220

Sonar

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Restaurant

Sonar Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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I have always wanted to try a tapas bar and this finally seemed like the perfect time. We had a wonderful lunch at our favorite restaurant Rabelais on the Casse Cou Stairs and at 7:30pm we needed a little something to tide us over. I remember seeing this restaurant last evening and suggested we give it a try. There is outdoor and indoor seating available but it was smokey outside so we opted for the downstairs inside.The atmosphere is clubish and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Our first shock was that the menu was in Spanish and French, no English. Now my French is quite good but there were plenty of words on this menu that I had never heard of. Okay what is farci-I thought it was one o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Sonar
1147, avenue Cartier
Quebec City, Quebec

Turf Pub

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Restaurant

Turf Pub Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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July 1 is Canada Day, a holiday in Canada. It was absolutely mobbed on Ave Cartier. We walked up and down the street several times looking for somewhere to have a light dinner. We were checking out the menu at the Turf Pub when two young men saw us looking at their pizza and told us they were very good. Okay, since they were fellow Americans we accepted their word and walked inside.There was a lively crowd when we arrived. There was a lot of celebrating going on, I assumed it had to do with the World Cup. Our waitress Elise however was very quick to seat us and get us our drinks. I had a Stella and Al had some other kind of beer, the name escapes me at the moment. We decided to share t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 6, 2006

Turf Pub
1179 Cartier Ave.
Quebec City, Quebec G1R 2S9
(418) 522-9955

Martello Tower 1 Battlefield Park

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Martelo Tower 1 Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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In 1803 the British built four Martello Towers as part of the defense of Quebec City. It is a little distressing to realize that who they were defending themselves against was the United States. Today three of the towers still exist and one is open for tours. Another one hosts dinners but that is for another journal.In order to visit the Martello Tower you need to be able to climb stairs. Not just nice wooden stairs (though two of the stairways are just that) but also curved and uneven stones stairs. These were constructed to make it difficult for the invaders to get in but it also makes it awkward for the visitor of today.Entrance to the Tower is $4, If you purchase one of the pas...Read More
On Grande Allee Photo, Quebec City, Quebec
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Louis St. Laurent was the Prime Minister of Canada from 1948 to 1957. He had the house on Grande Allee built in 1913. It was here that he raised his family and in 1973 that he died. Now for most Americans I am sure that the name Louis St. Laurent doesn’t mean anything, and I have to admit that I fall into that number. I am well versed in the history of Quebec up to and including the loss of Canada to England in 1759. After that I have only a cursory knowledge. This was an opportunity for me to widen my horizons.I was surprised when I first heard him talk, to my ear he spoke French with an English accent and English with a French accent. Once I learned a little about him I reali...Read More