What a day!
|Living it up at L'Hermitage in Quebec City|
|Quebec City Legislative Building|
|St Louis Gate - I stayed in the Old City within the gates.|
|Clip clopping past my hotel.|
The bus to Quebec City was absolutely packed...three hours and fifteen minutes without a stop. I could barely walk when I got up - my knees no likee. Got a taxi to my hotel and am glad I did as I'd still be trying to find it. I had to check into the hotel opposite as only ten rooms in here and the check in is at the Acadia hotel. My room was the only one ready - boy was I lucky. I stashed my stuff and changed, reorganized and off I went to find the start point for the 10 km walk. I walked and walked and walked - the road I walked on turned out to be the last part of the walk so that worked for me. The gal at the college was so friendly and helpful. This was a special walk for me - my last walk in a capital in Canada. I've walked in Quebec City before but for some insane reason did not do the proper capital walk. However that trip to Quebec City in 2005 was for a walking conference just a few weeks after I had lost my beloved doggie and I was still in a state. As I walk around now things are coming back but honestly that weekend was mostly a blur.
The walk took me through the Plains of Abraham, along the river on the Governor Generals dedicated pathway and through areas of Quebec City I hadn't been so really enjoyed it. I was glad to see the end of it though which was half a block from my hotel. Back here to freshen up and change to catch the early bird special at Aux Anciens Canadiens. What a deal - for 18.95 I got a glass of wine, pea soup, tourtiere (pork pie) with green beans, mashed potatoes, chutney, mashed squash and Maple Syrup (or Sugar) pie for dessert. I was there in 05 with some walking friends and had the exact same thing. There are other options but I wanted something typically French Canadian.
|Maple Syrup or also what's known as Sugar pie - oh yes! |
|Tourtiere, mashed potaotes, mashed squash, relish. |
This was my celebration supper for achieving all my provincial & territorial capitals in Canada. I headed for my hotel but then thought "I should check with the main desk and see if I can print my boarding passes" so I kept on the other side of the street. I then realized I was following a familiar figure and yelled "OH MY GOD".
|Surprise!!! Erin and Auntie Laurie |
I then came back and finally printed my boarding passes at the front desk!!!
I had planned to do a 5 km walk tomorrow but I think I will just have the breakfast offered here and walk around the area taking photographs and exploring. I will have to start heading for the airport about 2 or so. I have to take a taxi which really pains me - no airport shuttles here. The public bus only goes in the morning and comes back in the evening for the workers.
My hotel is lovely and the bed looks wonderful - next bed will be my own!!!