After last week’s Travelling Thursday took us to Montréal, we now move on to Québec City. I’m going to refer to Québec City as QC for the rest of this post because I’m already sick of writing it out and don’t even get me started on the accents.
I’ve read some stuff about QC before I went there on holiday and people were so ecstatic about it, so naturally my expectations were high and got crushed a little bit. I blame being european for it. QC is a beautiful city, smaller than Montréal but so old, for North American cities that is. However, I was disappointed because I crossed the Atlantic to be transported into another freaking european city! It really looks like Europe, well, the parts that weren’t destroyed by WW2 that is.
Also, Montréal was cool, being bilingual and all but holy cow QC is a whole other kind of deal. The Tim Hortons right next to the tourist main street thing was barely able to handle breakfast orders in English and my French just sucks big time. I wasn’t even able to say ‘Merci’ because my French is buried under my Swedish so every time I tried to say ‘Merci’ a ‘Tack!’ escaped my mouth, followed by a whispered ‘Fuck’ because I was getting angry at myself over my inability to say ‘Merci’.
QC is a beautiful old town but the interesting part is actually not that big. There is a nice castle(?!)-thingy which me and my friends amiably titled Hogwarts because the top kind of looked like it. There is also a great Tourist Information right in the centre where we stopped to be educated on everything we could possibly to in QC and the area. For most of it we needed a car though, which we didn’t have. Still, we received great service there and I can only recommend going there.
Our hotel was way outside the city in Beauport but it at least had a nice indoor pool area that we immediately had to test after checking in. Again I have to mention the cheap public transport in the Québec province. We bought a pass for a couple of days and were able to ride the bus as much as we wanted in that time. Which. We. Did!
After having walked around and sat on the small écobus taking us around the old town we felt like we had practically seen everything the city had to offer in just one day. We also ended up in a lot of asian home videos because of small streets and many, many Asians. So the next day we decided to take the bus in the other direction to visit the waterfalls of Montmorency which are 30 meters higher than Niagara Falls! We had a picnic in the park and made our tour. Which is totally possible because you can go down the stairs on one side and up the other side of the hill via cable car. Of course you can do it the other way around too but, come on, why would you?! So. Many. Steps. It was an extremely nice day and it felt good to be outside of the city for once, be surrounded by nature again.
Yes, I’m a small-town girl, I like nature.
Then we decided to rent a car for the next day and visit the Île d’Orléans which was the best thing we could have done! The car was cheaper than we originally thought and even though we asked for a small car, we got a Ford Focus. Which is absolutely not a small car no matter what the car rental lady says. I drive a Smart, that’s a very small car but a Ford Focus is just not one. But alas, everything is bigger in North America I guess.
There is only one real street on that island and it goes around it. First we took a tour around to see what we wanted to visit which ended up to be an old shipyard, a look-out, a sugar shack and a cute café we had a drink at. It was all but maple syrup season so we had trouble finding a sugar shack that was open but in the end we managed to. A sweet lady explained to us how the syrup is made and what you can possibly do with it and also, I hugged a maple tree because they are awesome and give syrup.
The Île d’Orléans provides a great view of QC for the St. Lawrence river and I’m so glad we went there. It’s small and has a lot of cute cottages and houses.