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Le Marche du Vieux Port

(The Market at the Old Port.) Daily Farmer’s Market. Amazing produce.

Quebec: Round Three

Quebec at night



Quebec: Round Two


These hangings over the narrow streets of Quebec’s old city remind me of Danish paperklip art. They’re very whimsical and fun, especially the skateboarder and the jump roper. I’m on a mission to find out who the artist is and what the inspiration behind the project was before we leave here on Monday.

Quebec: Round One

First look. From the heart of old town to a walk along the Governor’s Promenade. Too many pics of the Chateau Frontenac, it is just too eye-catching. Note the plastic tarping with custom artist rendition of the building on the plastic at the top – confess it took me an hour to figure this out, from far away my eyes are just not what they used to be.

Very touristy, but still very charming, clean, and very European in feel.

Notre Dame


Stay tuned for more of these intriguing hangings coming later


Petit-Champlain fresco




Oldest building in Quebec. Early 1600s. City founded 1609.








Ship is docked just down the street from our hotel







Heart church

In Cowansville, Quebec. Seen a lot of beautiful historic churches along the way, but this one was just cute.



This looked like a great little town, with some intriguing restaurants. It is at the end of the Wine Route which joins up with the Cider Route. Would have liked to stay the night here, but we were bound for points afar.

Did stop for a quick croissant. Not at Hansel and Gretel’s, though.



North Hatley, Quebec

Some tourists in my mom’s shop in Solvang had mentioned the town of North Hatley, Quebec to her as a destination we should see on our trip. Good advice. Not to be confused with Hatley, or St. Catherine du Hatley, which are both within a stone’s throw of here, Hatley is a pristine little river/lake village with charming B and B’s, great scenery and tranquil hills surrounding the whole thing.

We rolled in late on Thursday. I had an urgent photo call to take care of and found a very useful payphone (payphones are still everywhere in Canada, by the way). Then we had to scramble for accommodations for tonight as we skipped Montreal a day early and had no plans. We ended up at this totally charming inn outside the town, up on a hill, which has about 15 acres of gorgeous green lawn. It’s covered with snow most of the year, but you can see down to the lake from our room and with the clearing storm it was supremely pretty.

We’re about two hours south of Quebec and will be heading that way tomorrow. I’m hoping to get another nice run in on the local country roads before we head out. Supposed to be sunny tomorrow, but this rain was actually great to drive around in today. Glad it wasn’t snowing!

View from the room.

Yay Payphones!

North Hatley Gazebo.

Local street art.

B and B.

du lac

Lots of summer homes here.

Historic photo of the general store, present day shot directly above.