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Quebec City: Full of Surprises

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Quebec City-Museum Entrance

Three things surprised me about Quebec City on a visit to this charming Canadian city.   First….yikes….the cruise ships. We headed to this charming French Canadian walled city the first weekend in October, thinking it might be a quiet time.  Wrong.

Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2
Cruise ships at night Quebec
Cruise ships at night Quebec

It was the busiest week of the year for CRUISE Ships. What a surprise! Six huge vessels were docked there one day, including the Queen Mary 2, a truly elegant vessel. I would have enjoyed touring her to see if she is as elegant on the inside as the outside.

 

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Huge cruise ships dock at Quebec City
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Cruise Ships dominate the skyline Quebec City

The other ships, not so much. Several  blocked the water view and released thousands of tourists, making the charming cobble stone streets and historic sights a big mash up of camera toting visitors.

Tourists in Quebec Old Town
Tourists in Quebec Old Town

Another surprise—a happy one—was all the abundance of outdoor and interesting art work. Evidently every year they are changed, to be enjoyed by all who live and visit there. It reminded me a bit of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Here are some of the eye catching  installations and creativity.

Street Art Quebec
Street Art Quebec
Street Art Quebec
Street Art Quebec
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Quebec City Street Art
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Quebec City painted underpasses
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Quebec City Colorful Buildings
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Quebec City-painted columns
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Quebec City-creative approach to trash
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Quebec City–covered bridge
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Quebec City–Covered Bridge
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Quebec City-creative approach to old city streets
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Painted Kayaks near city square
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Quebec City-huge mural depicting the city’s history
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Quebec City-on top of an apartment building
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Quebec City-hanging out in a park

The third and more subtle surprise is how the city used the pavement as a way of highlighting the city’s history. These lines indicate where the river once flowed. The circle marks the main well of this old town. This made history real.

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Quebec City–pavement marks the historic shore line of the of the city
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Quebec City

Obviously one needs to look in all directions when meandering the quaint streets of Old Quebec.

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

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    Feb 20, 2017 Reply

    […] it felt a bit like Disneyland, much of it re-created for tourists like us. (SEE blog post titled Quebec City Full of Surprises  for more about the historic part of the […]

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