[Confession: I started writing this post ten days ago and had every intention of publishing it soon after. But I got completely side-tracked. Why? How? Well, for the longest time, I have desperately wanted to update the look of my blog—make it more modern and engaging with larger photos, an infinite scrolling feature like fab.com, and a responsive layout on mobile. After much consideration, I bought the Publisher theme by Okay Themes and haven’t looked back! I’m thrilled with the way it presents my content, especially the homepage on a tablet and desktop. Of course, nothing like this works perfectly right out of the box, so that’s when I got sucked into the rabbit hole of reviewing, tweaking and optimizing each of my 200-plus posts. Am I crazy? Perhaps. Should I have just ignored the older posts from my archive or retrofitted them a few at a time? Maybe. But that’s not my style. Better to bite the bullet and do an all-out blitz over the course of a weekend and past midnight on weeknights. Otherwise, it would have been a constant nagging to-do list. I’d love to know what you think of the new layout! OK, now back to our regularly-scheduled programming… ]
Using the glorious weather to our advantage, we covered a lot of ground during our one and only full day in Quebec City. Check out our photo journey!
After breakfast at our hotel, we started climbing the hilly streets towards the Upper Town (Haute-Ville).
We left the Frontenac and strolled above the Terrasse Dufferin towards the Citadel and the 108-acre Plains of Abraham urban park.
It was early afternoon, and we were getting mighty hungry too. We left the park and headed down Rue de Claire-Fontaine.
Our lunch destination: Le Billig Creperie on one of the main downtown drags, Rue Saint-Jean. It was THE best meal we had during our stay. (More details in the notes below.)
Our hotel was literally across the street from the Moshe Safdie-designed Musée de la civilisation. We ducked in for free thirty minutes before closing time and did a quick tour of the “History of Video Games” exhibition.
Before seeking out a place for dinner, we walked along the water and took pictures from Rue Dalhousie.
We decided to try nearby Le Lapin Sauté restaurant. It had favorable Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews. It had outdoor seating next to a small plaza and cobblestone streets. Ugh, we were sorely disappointed. Maybe we should have ordered the house specialty of rabbit, but Andrew’s croque monsieur was limp, cold and flavorless—and it cost an obscene $20. Now I understand that we were in the heart of the touristy historic district. And being on vacation, we were open to plunking down more money than usual on food as part of the experience. But what I found frustrating about Quebec City (at least the parts we visited) was that you could either eat at McDonald’s or spend no less than $20 per entree on mediocre bistro food. (At some establishments, the prices were more like $30 to $40 per lackluster entree.) That’s why we appreciated Le Billig Creperie so much: the food was fresh and tasty at a fair price.
One other note: I didn’t find much to buy as souvenirs. There were tons of touristy shops selling all kinds of tacky tchotchkes. And there was no shortage of galleries selling expensive artwork. And there was an endless variety of maple products (e.g. candies, syrup, cookies, fudge). In the end, I settled for a couple of coffee cups from a boutique near the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church.
Next up: A day trip to Montmorency Falls.
Plains of Abraham, The Battlefields Park, Joan of Arc Garden | www.ccbn-nbc.gc.ca
Le Billig | 526 Rue Saint-Jean | Quebec City, Quebec | G1R 1P6 | Canada | 418.524.8341 | Yelp review
Le Musée de la civilisation | 85 Rue Dalhousie | Quebec City, Quebec | G1K 8R2 | Canada | 418.643.2158 | mcq.org
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