04.05.2017 - 05.05.2017 14 °C
We awoke on Thursday 4/5 to a clear, sunny and relatively warm Quebec City. The view of this city from the ship on such a clear day is something special and definitely the best of this cruise. And walking around the old city is also special. There are many old and beautiful buildings and the hilly terrain of the city makes for some spectacular views. With the architecture and the language, there is a definite French feel to the place and you have to keep reminding yourself you are in Canada, not France.
So our first day here was spent just walking around, looking and taking photos. We also did a little shopping and had coffee and a snack at little, very french, “La Maison Smith” cafe.
In the evening, we went out again for dinner at “Restos Plaisirs”. Good but not great. I had pork stew.
On Friday 5/5, our second day in Quebec City, it rained all day. We wanted to do a tour of Montmorency Falls and the Island of Orleans but we couldn’t get seats which, with the weather, might have been a good thing. Instead, we went on a short, wet, walk, discovered the “Marche du Vieux-Port” (a good food and craft market) and a few art galleries. But in the rain it was quite a dismal and deserted walk.
So we went back to a part we visited yesterday and had coffee and food at another “La Maison Smith” cafe. So there at least two La Maison Smiths here but they are very good and they make good “flat whites”.
After coffee, we returned to the port and visited the “Musee de la Civilisation” which is an excellent museum with very interesting exhibits on the history of Quebec and the Indigenous heritage of the area.
Today is our last full day of the cruise so we have to pack tonight and disembark in Montreal in the morning. We stay in Montreal for three nights so fingers crossed for better weather there.