Friday, September 24, 2010

Quebec City - Day 4

Our final day in Quebec City began with another fantastic breakfast, followed by the packing (and repacking) of our suitcases before we checked out.  Our flight wasn't until the evening, so we left our bags with the hotel and went on one final quest to see a few final pieces of Quebec City.

We hadn't found the "cannonball tree" as Crystal called it, so we did a quick Google search and off we went.  It was right on the main drag, which I thought was kind of odd, considering the battlefield was a good 15-20 minute walk away.
After "cannonball tree" we marched on towards the Plains Of Abraham, the site of a famous battle in 1759.  I was expecting more statues, memorials or some sort of markings to commemoerate the battle.  We read online that the Mortello Towers were pretty cool to tour, but when we got there they were closed.
We were pretty hungry at this point, so we started to trek back into Vieux Quebec to pick up some souveniers for friends back home, and then grab some crepes for lunch.
We stopped off at the maple museum, picked up some maple candy and continued our cross-town walk to grab lunch.  When we arrived at the restaurant (voted to have the best crepes in town) we discovered they were closed on Mondays.  (As Steve Jones would say: "DRAT!")

So we ended up hiking back up and across old town, past the maple museum, to the other crepes restaurant.  They were good, but we were kind of annoyed at having to walk back across town to get them.

After lunch we walked back to the hotel and caught a cab for the airport, and our trip home.  The Quebec City airport didn't have a Porter lounge like Toronto did, so we sat in the row of chairs, (with no free food or coffee), and waited for our flight to board.

The flight home featured free dinner and drinks (we love Porter), and landed in Toronto without too much excitement.  Our 4 day getaway to Europe Quebec City was over.
Some Random Thoughts
- I heard a lot about how people in Quebec treat you badly if you are an anglophone, but we were treated so well, perhaps better than in English speaking Canada.
- I found myself actually thinking we were in Europe a number of times.  Loved it!
- I spoke Estonian at least 5 times, thinking the other person would understand me.
- Who wants/needs turn down service?  Seriously. 
- I liked walking to get around.  Had we been driving to a bunch of different destinations the trip would not have been nearly as enjoyable as it was.
- We walked around the Chateau Frontenac.  It's a lot nicer from the outside.  The inside is kind of boring.
- I hope Quebec never seperates.

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