The first thing I noticed about Quebec City was all the green roofs on the buildings. They added to the unique character of the cute city, whose architecture is influenced by France in the sixteenth century. In fact, Quebec City was founded in 108, and the province of Quebec is the former capital of New France, the French colony in North America that ran from Louisiana to northern Canada.
At the end of the French colonization, Quebec was one of the only areas that retained a dual identity of French and English. Although there are different perspectives to this day between the French and English, of Quebec, I think they are very lucky to have been exposed to a multicultural and multilingual environment.
But that’s just me, and I’m an outsider.
On my first night, I ventured out to find dinner after dark. I was rewarded with pretty Quebec City lights.
Even the garbage truck in Quebec City was green!
I crossed the Saint Charles River on a morning adventure, only it was not really that much of an adventure. It was more industrial, so keep going up in Quebec City, not down.
This cathedral in lower Quebec City (it is not downtown Quebec City, but it is still going down the stairs and not up into Old Quebec) was the highlight of the morning adventure downstairs.
Now Old Quebec, that’s what’s up! It’s the area of Quebec where history that has been untouched meets modern times. Tourists venture here, and unfortunately there are chains here too. There is a McDonalds that even sells a crappy version of poutine.
Quebec City is full of cathedrals. This was the only one I went into though. I have not been in a cathedral since I was inside Notre Dame in 1994.
Next time I will see how many buildings I can actually go into. I was in a hurry since I only had less than three days really thanks to airport security and flight time. I still had a blast in Quebec City though and cannot wait to go back in the warmer months.