Thursday, April 10, 2014

Quebec city

This past weekend I played tourist with a dear friend of mine as we headed out on the ferry that crosses between Québec city (old port) and Lévis.
It is always refreshing to visit your home from a different perspective... that of a tourist.
These old buildings are some of the oldest in Québec city and are located in a section of the lower town known as Place Royale.

I was amazed by the beauty of the ice flows in the St. Lawrence and how much fun it was to capture them with my camera.
Certainly if you get dizzy easily then that is not the highlight of the trip as the water is flowing at a rapid pace right now and the opposing shore line appears to be moving.

This is the Lévis shoreline as we approach the dock.
Quite something to see the ice breaking up as it hits the underbelly of the ferry.

In the image below you can see the funiculaire which acts as an elevator that climbs the side of the hill bringing you from the lower town and in particular the Petit Champlain district
up to the Dufferin Terrace which is a boardwalk that runs in front of the Chateau Frontenac.

I will admit that the beauty of the trip is seeing the old port from the water.
You really get a great perspective on where everything is located in relation to 
the Fleuve St. Laurent (St. Lawrence River)
And of course, the grande dame herself, the Chateau Frontenac hotel.

The beauty of the city lies in its history and its age.
And every once in awhile we need just a little reminder of how unique it looks through the eyes of a tourist.

Have you ever toured your home town or city through the eyes of a visitor?


  1. one of my favourite places in the world!

  2. Thank you for the trip down memory lane!

  3. Beautiful, I love the photo of the ice in the river!

  4. I try not to do so….everyone thinks about police dogs, firehouses, and church bombings when thinking of Birmingham. I know the civil rights movement is a huge part of our history, but it breaks my heart that people still cling to hate.

    You live in a beautiful part of the world! Your photos are wonderful.

  5. You have given me two great ideas.

    First, is to visit Quebec. I shared this post and a post about the stairs of Montreal at Simply Vintageous with my husband to get him thinking about a Canada vacation.

    Second, I think I will do a walking tour of our little beach town from a tourist's eyes.

  6. My favourite way to see a new place is with someone who lives there. You get to see all the highlights and get a chance to experience some of the lesser known gems as well. It is such a beautiful city and the old section is filled with romance and charm!

  7. Beautiful and interesting pictures Donna. I like the perspective from the river. The Chateau is so spectacular from that vantage point!

  8. absolutely beautiful and breathtaking pictures

  9. What a gorgeous city, thank you for the tour. I may not ever get to Quebec, but I hope I visit mainland Europe again so that I can see architecture as impressive as this.
    Although London is not my home town I do love showing people round because I lived there for four years and walked everywhere.

  10. Lovely photos. I haven't been to Quebec city in several years. Greetings from Montreal.

  11. Thanks a lot for taking me back there! I loved every picture!


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