We recently returned from Quebec City, which is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year. For seven days we strolled the streets of the old city, discovering its many wonders and meeting its polite, hard-working, and hospitable citizens. Quebecers have a unique history and culture dating back to the city’s founding by Samuel de Champlain in 1608. Much of the original French-style buildings still exist in the old city, and the French language and culture still prevail. The city is a delight for any Francophile. As an experiment, I left my pro gear at home and took along only a compact point and shoot (Canon G9) that I operated on manual.
Man on bicycle
Quebec City Guard
Old Quebec Street
A woman reads a book on the lawn while Le Chateau Frontenac (castle-like building to the left) and the French-style stone buildings lining the park stand in the background.
More stone buildings.
Street music provided by Normand Pelletier (also known as Pibato).
View from the city wall.
Casse-Crepe Breton Restaurant.
The best crepes I’ve ever had. Okay, I haven’t had many. But they were made to order and delicious.
Ground floor of famous hotel. Le Chateau Frontenac.
Statue of Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec City
We are a people
I forgot what building this is.
The fashionable women of Quebec.
The way home.
Sunrise behind the airport tower in Atlanta.
Weary travelers at the airport in Quebec.