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Quebec City-a gorgeous European experience closer to home

The ferry to Levis was a bargain at less than $3; definitely worth it for the spectacular views of Quebec City

The ferry to Levis was a bargain at less than $3; definitely worth it for the spectacular views of Quebec City

Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that, in winter, is reminiscent of a Currier and Ives painting

Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that, in winter, is reminiscent of a Currier and Ives painting

The province of Quebec came close to seceding from Canada in 1995 when the referendum failed by less than 1 percent; secession is no longer an issue as the city embraces a global perspective

The province of Quebec came close to seceding from Canada in 1995 when the referendum failed by less than 1 percent; secession is no longer an issue as the city embraces a global perspective

The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico; there are almost 3 miles of walls

The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico; there are almost 3 miles of walls

The only French-speaking legislature in continental North America; the building was completed in 1886 and lies just outside the city walls

The only French-speaking legislature in continental North America; the building was completed in 1886 and lies just outside the city walls

The Plains of Abraham were named after Abraham Martin who used them to graze his cows; in 1759 the battle here led to the end of New France and 100 years of British rule

The Plains of Abraham were named after Abraham Martin who used them to graze his cows; in 1759 the battle here led to the end of New France and 100 years of British rule

Parc Jeanne d'Arc stands where the French lost to the British in 1759; the Canadian national anthem, O Canada, was played here for the first time in 1880

Parc Jeanne d'Arc stands where the French lost to the British in 1759; the Canadian national anthem, O Canada, was played here for the first time in 1880

The Terrasse Dufferin was named after a governor of Canada from 1872 to 1878 who had this boardwalk constructed

The Terrasse Dufferin was named after a governor of Canada from 1872 to 1878 who had this boardwalk constructed

The Rue de Petit-Champlain is the oldest street in the city and attractively lined with shops and cafes

The Rue de Petit-Champlain is the oldest street in the city and attractively lined with shops and cafes

The funicular that links Upper Town and Lower Town opened in 1879; I chose to take the Breakneck Stairs instead

The funicular that links Upper Town and Lower Town opened in 1879; I chose to take the Breakneck Stairs instead

In Lower Town there are dozens of impressive art galleries; this was one of my favorite paintings there

In Lower Town there are dozens of impressive art galleries; this was one of my favorite paintings there

Model shows Quebec City on a peninsula between the St. Charles and St. Lawrence Rivers; you can clearly see the Plains of Abraham along the St. Lawrence

Model shows Quebec City on a peninsula between the St. Charles and St. Lawrence Rivers; you can clearly see the Plains of Abraham along the St. Lawrence

Styled after the Empire State Building, the Edifice Price was the city's first skyscraper when it was completed in 1929

Styled after the Empire State Building, the Edifice Price was the city's first skyscraper when it was completed in 1929

An oasis of peace within Upper Town, the Seminary de Quebec gave birth to the first Francophone university in Quebec in 1852

An oasis of peace within Upper Town, the Seminary de Quebec gave birth to the first Francophone university in Quebec in 1852

The 125 year old Chateau Frontenac has a storied past hosting guests including Lindbergh, de Gaulle, Hitchcock, Princess Grace of Monaco, Chiang Kai-shek, Paul McCartney and Celine Dion

The 125 year old Chateau Frontenac has a storied past hosting guests including Lindbergh, de Gaulle, Hitchcock, Princess Grace of Monaco, Chiang Kai-shek, Paul McCartney and Celine Dion

Champlain is known as the Father of New France; in addition to discovering Quebec City in 1608, he made more than 20 trips across the Atlantic mapping much of eastern Canada

Champlain is known as the Father of New France; in addition to discovering Quebec City in 1608, he made more than 20 trips across the Atlantic mapping much of eastern Canada

Built in 1694, the Cap Diamant Redoubt is the oldest building at the Citadelle

Built in 1694, the Cap Diamant Redoubt is the oldest building at the Citadelle

The Citadel hosts the popular Changing of the Guard Ceremony on summer days at 10am; the military guard speaks French but dress like the British

The Citadel hosts the popular Changing of the Guard Ceremony on summer days at 10am; the military guard speaks French but dress like the British

The 17 story, Art Deco Edifice Price; the top 2 floors serve as the official residence of the premier of Quebec

The 17 story, Art Deco Edifice Price; the top 2 floors serve as the official residence of the premier of Quebec

The only walled city in Canada, Quebec City gets at least 1 inch of snow approximately 150 days a year!

The only walled city in Canada, Quebec City gets at least 1 inch of snow approximately 150 days a year!

Maison Jacquet looks exactly as it did when it was built in 1677; it's the oldest house in Quebec City

Maison Jacquet looks exactly as it did when it was built in 1677; it's the oldest house in Quebec City

Jacques Cartier claimed Canada for France in 1534; in 2006 archaeologists discovered the location of Cartier's first colony which was the first European settlement in Canada

Jacques Cartier claimed Canada for France in 1534; in 2006 archaeologists discovered the location of Cartier's first colony which was the first European settlement in Canada

The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac no longer offers tours but I did walk around inside; it was nice but I saved lots of money by staying at the Best Western

The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac no longer offers tours but I did walk around inside; it was nice but I saved lots of money by staying at the Best Western

The Seminary of Quebec was founded by the first bishop of New France in 1663; today it's a Roman Catholic secondary school

The Seminary of Quebec was founded by the first bishop of New France in 1663; today it's a Roman Catholic secondary school

40 years ago Lower Town was run-down but today it's vibrant and full of restaurants, galleries and shops

40 years ago Lower Town was run-down but today it's vibrant and full of restaurants, galleries and shops

The French started the Citadelle but the British ended up finishing it in 1832; the city was never attacked after completion

The French started the Citadelle but the British ended up finishing it in 1832; the city was never attacked after completion

Just missed enjoying the toboggan run on Terrasse Dufferin; the city has a population of about 550,000 and a metro area of 780,000

Just missed enjoying the toboggan run on Terrasse Dufferin; the city has a population of about 550,000 and a metro area of 780,000

Franklin Roosevelt and WInston Churchill met at the Chateau for two wartime conferences in 1943 and 1944

Franklin Roosevelt and WInston Churchill met at the Chateau for two wartime conferences in 1943 and 1944

The Wolfe Monument marks the spot where, in 1759, British General James Wolfe extinguished France's dream of a North American empire

The Wolfe Monument marks the spot where, in 1759, British General James Wolfe extinguished France's dream of a North American empire

The queen's representative in Canada, the governor-general, has a residence in the Citadelle; it's home to Canada's most storied French-speaking military formation, the Royal 22nd Regiment

The queen's representative in Canada, the governor-general, has a residence in the Citadelle; it's home to Canada's most storied French-speaking military formation, the Royal 22nd Regiment

Canadian forces were able to defeat the Germans at this 1917 battle when British and French forces had failed; this symbol of Canadian national achievement and sacrifice was part of the Battle of Arras

Canadian forces were able to defeat the Germans at this 1917 battle when British and French forces had failed; this symbol of Canadian national achievement and sacrifice was part of the Battle of Arras

The imposing turreted castle with a copper roof owes its name to the Comte de Frontenac, governor of the French colony between 1672 and 1698

The imposing turreted castle with a copper roof owes its name to the Comte de Frontenac, governor of the French colony between 1672 and 1698

Completed in 1813, this building was the first modern prison in Canada; now the Morrin Cultural Centre focuses on programs for the English-speaking population here

Completed in 1813, this building was the first modern prison in Canada; now the Morrin Cultural Centre focuses on programs for the English-speaking population here

Our Lady of Quebec Basilica Cathedral; this diocese used to stretch to the Gulf of Mexico; Champlain may be buried underneath

Our Lady of Quebec Basilica Cathedral; this diocese used to stretch to the Gulf of Mexico; Champlain may be buried underneath

A great variety of incredible artwork was displayed in the Lower Town galleries; as expected, the locals were incredibly friendly

A great variety of incredible artwork was displayed in the Lower Town galleries; as expected, the locals were incredibly friendly

The Fresque des Quebecois, a 4665 sq ft trompe-l'oeil mural, depicts 400 years of Canadian history; famous people are included in the impressive work

The Fresque des Quebecois, a 4665 sq ft trompe-l'oeil mural, depicts 400 years of Canadian history; famous people are included in the impressive work

Colorful, typical Quebec City building; there are tons of for sale/for rent signs around town, both on residential and commercial buildings

Colorful, typical Quebec City building; there are tons of for sale/for rent signs around town, both on residential and commercial buildings

17th century home of Louis Jolliet; he lived here before he set off to become the first non-native person to discover the Mississippi River

17th century home of Louis Jolliet; he lived here before he set off to become the first non-native person to discover the Mississippi River

Built in 1849, this Regency-style cottage illustrates how well-to-do English residents lived; guided tours of the Henry Stuart House include a cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake

Built in 1849, this Regency-style cottage illustrates how well-to-do English residents lived; guided tours of the Henry Stuart House include a cup of tea and a slice of lemon cake

The Quebec Winter Carnival is the biggest winter festival in the world; this winter was especially brutal with a record 220 inches of snow!

The Quebec Winter Carnival is the biggest winter festival in the world; this winter was especially brutal with a record 220 inches of snow!

Founded in 1871, Maison Moison claims the title of the oldest continually operating grocery store in North America

Founded in 1871, Maison Moison claims the title of the oldest continually operating grocery store in North America

The French colonized locations around the globe; Tahiti and Quebec City are about the most opposite destinations that exist

The French colonized locations around the globe; Tahiti and Quebec City are about the most opposite destinations that exist

Built at the city's highest point, the Citadelle is the largest fortified base in North America still occupied by troops

Built at the city's highest point, the Citadelle is the largest fortified base in North America still occupied by troops

The Art Deco Palais Montcalm was built in 1932 and hosts a wide variety of artistic events; Quebec City has one of the lowest crime rates in Canada (only 2 murders in 2015)

The Art Deco Palais Montcalm was built in 1932 and hosts a wide variety of artistic events; Quebec City has one of the lowest crime rates in Canada (only 2 murders in 2015)

The Quebec City train station; service is pretty limited with most trains going to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto

The Quebec City train station; service is pretty limited with most trains going to Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto

The Plains of Abraham and the St. Lawrence; more than 90% o citizens are Catholic; the city hosts a second tier WTA event annually

The Plains of Abraham and the St. Lawrence; more than 90% of citizens are Catholic; the city hosts a second tier WTA event annually

The Plains of Abraham Museum is extensive but is difficult to appreciate as a non-Canadian

The Plains of Abraham Museum is extensive but is difficult to appreciate as a non-Canadian

The Louis St. Laurent House was built in 1913 on the Grande Allee; St. Laurent was premier of Canada and lived in the house until his death in 1973

The Louis St. Laurent House was built in 1913 on the Grande Allee; St. Laurent was premier of Canada and lived in the house until his death in 1973

The original building of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec was built in 1933; a modern wing was added in 2016

The original building of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec was built in 1933; a modern wing was added in 2016

Of the 16 Martello Towers in Canada, 4 are in Quebec City because the British government feared an attack after the American Revolution

Of the 16 Martello Towers in Canada, 4 are in Quebec City because the British government feared an attack after the American Revolution

The Promenade de Gouvernours begins at the west end of Terrasse Dufferin, skirts the cliffs, and leads up to the Citadelle

The Promenade de Gouvernours begins at the west end of Terrasse Dufferin, skirts the cliffs, and leads up to the Citadelle

I saw several of these public book swap kiosks along attractive Rue Cartier; the city's official name is Quebec but it is often called Quebec City to distinguish it from the province

I saw several of these public book swap kiosks along attractive Rue Cartier; the city's official name is Quebec but it is often called Quebec City to distinguish it from the province

Ferries cross the St. Lawrence to the city of Levis since there is no bridge; in the summer cruises ply the St. Lawrence down as far as Montreal

Ferries cross the St. Lawrence to the city of Levis since there is no bridge; in the summer cruises ply the St. Lawrence down as far as Montreal

From 31 stories up, you get an fantastic perspective of the city at the Observatoire de la Capitale

From 31 stories up, you get an fantastic perspective of the city at the Observatoire de la Capitale

Champlain is credited with founding Quebec City in 1608 but Jacques Cartier landed here in 1535 but didn't establish a long-term presence

Champlain is credited with founding Quebec City in 1608 but Jacques Cartier landed here in 1535 but didn't establish a long-term presence

Place Royale, a square graced by a statue of King Louis XIV, is considered the birthplace of New France

Place Royale, a square graced by a statue of King Louis XIV, is considered the birthplace of New France

Rue de Petit-Champlain was once the main street of a harbor village; now the touristy street is also one of the most beautiful in the city

Rue de Petit-Champlain was once the main street of a harbor village; now the touristy street is also one of the most beautiful in the city

The city's oldest church, Our Lady of Victory, was built in 1688; this church in Lower Town anchors Place Royale

The city's oldest church, Our Lady of Victory, was built in 1688; this church in Lower Town anchors Place Royale

Founded in 1637, the Hotel-Dieu de Quebec was the first hospital in Canada and is now the city's largest employer; Quebec City has the oldest average age of any city in Canada at 45

Founded in 1637, the Hotel-Dieu de Quebec was the first hospital in Canada and is now the city's largest employer; Quebec City has the oldest average age of any city in Canada at 45

Founded in 1639, the Convent des Ursilines is the oldest institution of learning for women in North America

Founded in 1639, the Convent des Ursilines is the oldest institution of learning for women in North America

Chateau Frontenac opened in 1893 as part of a series of hotels built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to encourage tourism; it's now a Fairmont with 600 rooms

Chateau Frontenac opened in 1893 as part of a series of hotels built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to encourage tourism; it's now a Fairmont with 600 rooms

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, completed in 1804, was the first Anglican cathedral outside the British Isles

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, completed in 1804, was the first Anglican cathedral outside the British Isles

City Hall; the first language of 95% o citizens here is French, in Montreal it is less than 50%;  saw black squirrels

City Hall; the first language of 95% of citizens here is French, in Montreal it is less than 50%; I saw black squirrels

There aren't many Art Deco buildings in Quebec City but this was my favorite; the coldest temperature ever recorded in the city was -34 degrees in 1890 and again in 2015

There aren't many Art Deco buildings in Quebec City but this was my favorite; the coldest temperature ever recorded in the city was -34 degrees in 1890 and again in 2015

The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is perhaps the most photographed hotel in the world; the 20 story central tower was added in 1924

The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is perhaps the most photographed hotel in the world; the 20 story central tower was added in 1924

Maison Kent was once the home of Queen Victoria's father, the Duke of Kent; like much of the city, scaffolding and construction mar this sight

Maison Kent was once the home of Queen Victoria's father, the Duke of Kent; like much of the city, scaffolding and construction mar this sight

Interior of Our Lady of Quebec Basilica Cathedral; the large crypt underneath was Quebec City's first cemetery with more than 900 bodies

Interior of Our Lady of Quebec Basilica Cathedral; the large crypt underneath was Quebec City's first cemetery with more than 900 bodies

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