The Loew's Hotel has a great outside pool. One part of it allows one to swim into the building. But to do so you have to swim underneath a plastic plexiglass sheet or push it out of the way. I opted to try the former but swam right into the plastic!
Is it my imagination or does my little temporary scar look like a seahorse?!
The Plains of Abraham are surrounded by cliffs plummeting into the St Lawrence River. At the bottom of the cliffs are, surprisingly, houses. There are many warning signs alerting people to stay away from the edge of the cliffs, however, this sign takes the cake. It says,
at the bottom
Don't throw nothing
Think about that one for a sec. Don't throw nothing?
While nobody's perfect, I guess nobody told them that a double negative makes a positive! So basically, the sign is encouraging people to throw things off the cliff. Classy!
But what's with the dwelling-houses? I didn't know houses could dwell!
The sad thing is, while this is quite comical, this is a typically Canadian moment in the way that's it's almost expected. The Plains of Abraham is considered a National Historic Site in Québec. It was here on this very plateau that the British army defeated the French during the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. It was here where the British acquired sovereignty over Québec, then called New France. This battle changed the course of Canadian history. Some may even know it from the famous painting, The Death of General Wolfe, by Benjamin West.
This whole issue is comical because it's the most famous and important historical battle sites in all of Canada, yet they can't even get someone to properly translate the sign! (It's ok, you can laugh too!)
Always hide the food, whether it's in a tree or in the safely closed garbage can the park provide. wild life, particularly bears, can be attracted to it. We didn't see any of them, but the main reason they ask that, is so the bears will never come to the camping grounds. It became part of the trip and part of the experience.
Like Europeans, the Quebecois seem not to have heard of non-smoking sections in restaurants. Choose your table carefully. Also--duh--it's cold: once, we visited between Christmas and New Year's at the same time the province was hit with the worst cold snap in 40 years. IT WAS 40 BELOW--where Celsius & Fahrenheit meet, where you have to plug in your car so the oil doesn't congeal, where the air stings. You don't want to wander around the old town when it's 40 below (although we did see a living nativity complete with Mary, Joseph, a baby Jesus, and a donkey, but NO ONE watching them!). By the end of the week, it was in the 20s F, so it felt 'mild'!
Sometimes the natives are obviously irritated when one doesn't speak French. Some say they become fluent in English as soon as they spy the cash.;o) They all know English, usually two or three other languages. Just keep trying...
Le Chateau Frontenac is a magnificent castle-like structure with copper turrets and stone towers. Le Chateau is over 100 years old and is THE landmark of Quebec City, situated atop the Cap Diamant Cliffs in the heart of the ancient walled-in city. Le Chateau Frontenac majestically overlooks the St. Lawrence River and is at the hub of most major activities year round.
OK This is just an excuse to use the pic!
But having said that, many of the bars and restaurants here have great summer patios but take their furniture indoors for the winter - except for this one (though maybe they have taken the tables in??).
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