This year is the 400th anniversary of Quebec.
Old Quebec is a fortified city that is separated into the upper and lower towns. The upper town is surrounded by walls or ramparts. You can only enter through gates. There are a total of four.
This is the main gate of Saint-Louis.
How 'bout a close up?
Very French non? Love those green copper turrets!
Here you can see the very romantic horse and buggy, called a caleche, that takes tourists and lovers through the cobbled streets of Old Quebec. The city is fairly quiet and you can hear the clip-clop of the horse echo throught the streets. The city is also very clean- you can see a mini street sweeper picking up leaves and debris under the arch in the right of the photo.
One of the charming homes on a side street. I loved the black accents, wrought iron, grey stone and red geramiums. This one screams Paris to me.
A tiny side street.
A square with a church.
And this gorgeous rooftop, that of the Chateau Frontenac, a very exclusive and expensive Inn, can be seen from every spot in the city. It can be used as a beautiful compass to locate your whereabouts in the small city. In fact, it becomes fun to spot different angles and small slices of the copper roof through the trees and buildings in both the upper and lower towns.
And here is a shot of the boardwalk, which hugs the St. Lawrence river. It was totally rebuilt for the 400 year celebration. This is taken from the upper town, looking down at the lower town.
And how do you get from the upper to the lower town you ask?
Well, by taking the Funiculaire, of course!!
So, what do you think so far about Old Quebec City? Does it look French? Remind you of Paris?
Stay tuned. Much more to come in the next few days!