I didn't have a whole lot planned as far as things to "do" in Quebec City. And I'm kind of glad about that. Because all we wanted to do was walk and look at the buildings. It was fun enough for us to simply explore all the streets. We looked in some shops, even bought a painting, but mostly we walked. And it was awesome.
Old Quebec is actually split into two levels. Most of the time we spent in the upper part of town (Haute-Ville). It feels like an historic European neighborhood with wider streets, residences and hotels, and restaurants and occasional shops interspersed on the busier streets. The lower part of town (Basse-Ville) feels more touristy, with lots of art galleries, shops and boutiques, and restaurants (but still with the historic architecture). Our B&B was in Haute-Ville, so naturally it became where we explored first.
I think this was one of my favorite little streets.
This house dates back to 1675, and is supposedly the oldest in QC. It is now a restaurant (Aux Anciens Canadiens), though we didn't eat there (more on that later).
The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. This iconic hotel can be seen from almost everywhere.
Because the hotel is so well known, I thought we should at least take a look at the lobby!
There were upscale boutiques inside, a few of which we checked out.
Walking along the Terrasse Dufferin, a massive boardwalk adjacent to the Chateau Frontenac and overlooking the St. Lawrence River (and Basse-Ville).
The brick building is the U.S. Consulate.
Signs of moving day!
Rue Saint-Jean, full of shops and restaurants. This was a pedestrian-only section, which was nice because there was so much to look at throughout this main commercial area.
The Basilique Cathedrale-Notre-Dame-de-Quebec
Our last full day in Canada was rainy, but we loved QC so much we wanted to take another opportunity to walk through it again before heading back to Montreal!
We bought a painting of this spot.
Quebec City is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico. The wall, which basically goes around Vieux-Quebec (the old part of the city), makes it difficult to remember that Quebec City is actually a metropolitan area with a half a million people.