The art of metal "Repoussé" (embossing) , is slowly disappearing but not in the Gilles family.
For nearly 75 years, the Gilles family has been renowned for its metal craftsmanship.
Its founder, Albert Gilles, was born in Paris in 1895. He was, at the age of 11, introduced to the art of ¨Repoussé¨ (metal embossing) by his aunt, and very quickly, this hobby became a passion.
Since Albert's death in 1979 his family carries on the work. You can see in my picture his daughter demonstrating there skill for our tour group.
The most impressive peices where the fabulous story of the Life of Christ, told with minute details and passion, in 50 handwrought silver panels, and created by the mastercraftsman Albert Gilles, over a period of 15 years.
The craftmanship is very impressive and I bought a couple of Christmas Gifts there. If I had tonnes of money there were also much larger peices that were beautifully done.
The Museum is located along the road side at 7450, boulvard Ste-Anne Château-Richer. You just continue on past the Montmorency Falls. The building is very unsuspecting from the outside it is a converted hotel but very beautiful inside :-)
I am going to conclude my shopping tips now. I highlighted the best area of Petit Champlain and some unique stores that I wondered into and bought stuff.
But to give you a general idea of the street you want to see, they include:
Petit Champlain - For all sorts of great stores and eating.
Place Royale - More great bistros and art galleries.
Sault au Matelot - A little more commerce oriented with banks and art galleries.
St. Paul - More great eating and art galleries, bistros, boutiques.
St. Jean - All sorts of great stores, restaurants and pubs.
St. Louis - More great restaurants and stores.
At Chez Marie you will find home style bread baked in outdoor ovens. Danish buns, croissants, and a full range of maple products on site. Indoor seating for 200. Very friendly.
There was also a cellar in the hill across the street.
During my visit on an organized tour I also tried some maple butter on the home made fresh bread, it was very very good to say the least :-)
I bought a couple bottles of it for the road!
Chez Marie was located about 30 kilometers from Quebec.
Tourism is one of the major industries in the city of Quebec and the tourist office is there to make sure they make the most of their stay in the region. You can stop by the info center located at 12 rue Sainte-Anne, in front of the Chateau Frontenac, to get all the information you need - whether you're looking for a map, a guided tour, a restaurant recommendation or if you need help booking a place to stay or want to plan a trip to other regions in the province, the info center staff will give you all that information and more! You can also visit the Website before your trip and order free tour guides of Quebec's 21 tourist regions.
I easily stumbled across this little gem of a park while avoiding the stairs from the Lower Town to the Upper Town...in fact the location is significant historically and within the park is a monument to the first "settlers" of New France and a historical site placard set here by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada...
Its significant lies in the fact that between 1850 and 1866 the Parliament of the Province of Canada was located here in a building where the park is today.. In this time period the Capital was alternating between Toronto and Quebec...a political issue intended to preserve some appeasement between English and French Canada.
The Quebec legislative Assembly was also located here until a fire destroyed the building in 1883...
There is a statue placed here honoring Louis Hebert who it is believed is the first European to build a home and establish a farm in what is now Canada.
Louis Hebert and his wife Marie Rolet arrived in New France in 1617...in fact three years before the Mayflower arrived in Plymouth...
On the back side of the statue is a plaque honoring the earliest families to establish themselves in New France...
There is also a statue of George Etienne Cartier....this man was a political figure who was instrumental in various transactions that made the Colony of Canada stronger in a time of growing American influence in North America,particularly The Confederation of the Canadian Provinces and Territories...
It is set just on the cliffs overlooking the St.Lawrence River I guess it would be North East of the Chateau.
Its a beautiful little green space set on the fringes of the hustle and bustle of Old Quebec...
If you're looking for a different way to spend some time during a Summer vacation....this might be for you...
This is an on going dig on the Plains of Abraham but I am providing a contact number .....its possible to participate when there is an opportunity...
I believe that they suspend the dig over the Winter months and re-new the operation during the Spring and Summer...
This Memorial sits on a prominent piece of land in the front of the Grande Allée Armoury....I discovered it quite accidentally...I noticed it as I was returning to Vieux Quebec from the musee des beux arts...
The word " Vandoos " is a slang derivative and nickname given to the 22nd Regiment of the Canadian Army...en francais c'est le vingt deux and hence the nickname..."Vandoos"..
The history of the Regiment goes back to the First World War and was in fact a strictly French speaking Regiment whose ranks were drawn from francophone's from across Canada.
The unit fought in various vicious battles in the First World War such as the Somme,Passchendaele,Vimy,Ypres,and Amiens....
During the Second World War the unit again distinguished itself in battles all across Europe...Italy,Sicily,Holland and Germany....
There have been at least three Victoria Cross recipients from the Regiment...the highest military decoration awarded to members of the Canadian military for bravery in action.
This Memorial was unveiled on November 11th,1989 and honors the memory of the soldiers from the regiment who were killed during the First and Second World Wars and the Korean War.
The names of all that have been killed while serving with the Vandoos are inscribed on the gray granite walls on both sides of the monument.Its not something that's large and grandiose but if you take a few minutes and read some of the names listed its certainly meaningful,many of these men were young when killed.
The list is long......
Today the unit's most recent deployment has been in Afghanistan...where sadly,losses were incurred, three more names to be added to the list.
I know there are many fans of French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery out there, the author of several novels including his most famous one, "Le Petit Prince" (The Little Prince). In 1942, two years before his mysterious death and just a short time before the publication of "Le Petit Prince", Saint-Exupery stayed with the De Koninck family in Quebec City. The house a still a private home and can't be visited, but there is a small plaque near the main entrance indicating that Saint-Exupery stayed there. The house is located on rue Sainte-Genevieve, just a few steps away from the Chateau Frontenac.
Parc Omega is a 1500 acre park where you can watch animals from Canada in their natural surroundings. One drives along a 10 km path through a landscape made of lakes, valleys, forests and medows. It is allowed to feed the animals carrots through the car window and they will approach the car looking for carrots. At the beginning of the journey through the park the animals are eager to get some carrots and it can become a bit too much ;)
The ride through the park was awesome, with little boars, bambies, buffalos, black-bears, moose, wolves, racoons and all kinds of animals who greet you. Some of them, of course are fenced in, like the black bear and wolves. Thank God ;)
While in the car you turn on the car-radio and listen to FM radio stations with guidance through the park.
After the ride through the park you can visit a lodge by the lake by the entrance and buy some souvenirs and have something to eat.
The park is open the whole year.
Admission fee: CAD 14 for adults and less for children. The admission fee is higher in the summer months, then it is CAD 18 for adults.
Parc Omega is just north of Montebello, ca one hour's drive from Ottawa, from where we were coming. In the information guide they say highway 148 east to Montobello, turn north on Route 323.
Alhtough the safari park is in the province of Quebec, then it is much closer to Ottawa, which is in the province of Ontario than Quebec city. But then Canada is vast ;)
I add more photos from the park in a travelogue here.
Often thought to be a bust of Champlain, this is a bust of Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons (1558-1628)
Henry IV granted him exclusive rights to colonize lands between 40 and 60 degrees. He was given a monopoly for the fur trade and was installed as Liutenant General of Acadie. In return Dugua only had to bring 60 new colonists to what would become Acadia/Nouvelle France.
When the settlement at Port Royal failed he turned his attention to Nouvelle France, but he personally never went. He sent Champlain, who had been the cartographer to settle these lands.
Located in the Place Royale, this bust has been installed and removed several times, ostensibly on the excuse that it interrupted traffic. It honors the Sun King, Louis XIV, who was very generous in financing French exploration and colonization of Quebec, often without demanding much in return.
The original bust was installed in 1700. Over the years it was removed for interfering wiht traffic, or was "lost". Reinstalled in 1944 and again removed it was finally placed at its present location in 1964.
The bust is located right in front of the Centre de Interpretation, which was the Smith and Hazeur houses, part of the Musee de Civilisacion. The centre recounts the story of the Place Royale and talks about the archeological remains found in the house, dating back 5000 years.
I was about 10 yrs. old when my parents took us to look for family in Canada...this little town north of Quebec. We stayed several days on the farm. First time I saw cows milked and slept in a feather bed. The neighbor brought this big pig over to our family's farm in order to "meet" our uncle's female pig. Hmmmm
Reford Gardens and International Garden Festival
This garden, which the Michelin guide to Canada calls "among the most beautiful in the world," sits on a peninsula on the south shore of the St. Lawrence about 220 miles northeast of Quebec City. It was created after World War I by Elsie Reford, a Montreal society woman who migrated north each summer to escape city heat and enjoy the fresh air hence the garden's former name, Reford Gardens. Her great-grandson is the garden's general manager, which may explain why much of the magic of the place survives.
The 42-acre garden still feels very much like a private estate. Its greatest assets are Elsie Reford's artful plantings, fortunately preserved over the years. Traditional flower beds, as well as numerous large areas where plants have been naturalized, merge into the surrounding native ferns and forest. The plants fit so perfectly into their environment that, if you did not know otherwise, you would think most of the plants were native.
200, route 132
Maison Maillou, a National Historic Site, is an 18th century house that has been preserved, now home to the Chamber of Commerce. It would no longer be standing if not for the 1929 stock market crash as there were plans to tear it down and expand the Chateau Frontenac. Not sure if the funky aqua color paint is original or not.
Not open to the public.
Located at 17, rue St-Louis
At first glance you don't pay much attention, two large irons. Neat decoration,, yes perhaps.
But once upon a time they served a perfectly practical purpose. No, they were not to hold prisoners or something horrible like that. How about something perfectly useful like a place to tie your horses up while you're visiting the person inside
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