|Thousands of Stairs - yes they are steep!|
September 16, 2012
We spent the day in Old Town Quebec - it is amazing. It must be like being in France. It sure reminded me of my trip to Italy. Quebec is very French - all signs were in French and everyone speaks French. New Brunswick and Nova Scotia seemed mostly English speaking.
I can't even estimate how many stairs we climbed - and the hills were harder to climb - I've never seen streets with such a steep incline. We actually found ourselves leaning forward climbing the streets.
We parked down in the newer part of the city. You can drive up to Old Town but we didn't see much parking.
They have a Funicular (like a railcar) going up about one fourth of the climb. Did we ride the Funicular?? Of course not - we climbed the whole way and then walked the wall.
43 degrees this morning and 75 degrees this afternoon. We were the only ones there without coats - these people are cold natured. Some were wrapped up like mummies.
Lots and lots of shops. We did some shopping and lots of looking.
I did have a scoop of Strawberry Gellato.
The sidewalk cafe got crowded around noon. Very nice atmosphere.
Artists are set up along the street in certain areas painting and selling their art. Prices from $10 to thousands of dollars. Lester and I each bought a 16 x 20 watercolor. The artists were very friendly and tried to speak a little English - better than our French to be sure.
Beautiful flowers everywhere.
When we left Old Town, we drove about 7 or 8 miles to Montmorency Falls. I guess if we had not been to Niagara Falls it might have been impressive. Lester climbed all the way to the top - see those stairs on the right - I didn't go with him.