This weekend, we headed over to Quebec. It was a rather nice trip, we had perfect weather both days. It was a great opportunity to give my car a bit of a workout, it’s first big journey since we got it last week. We even gave the sunroof a bit of a try.
This isn’t our first time in Quebec, we were there in 2002/2003 when we were last travelling through Canada, it was familiar, yet new at the same time. Nice to go back to a few places that we have been to before, after I accidentally deleted all our photos from there several years ago – whoops. We need to go back to PEI too. Everything is still quite new to us, even though we were in Quebec years ago (2002/2003).
We arrived a little early to the funeral, so after doing a bit of a drive around, we found a Toys R Us, which had a Babies R Us inside & had a bit of a browse around for some more baby things that we need to get, like a stroller, car seat, swing etc. We found a stoller that we liked & even a rocker, which will be useful as I am going to be breastfeeding. We seem to be pretty good with cloth diapers, and clothing, it’s mostly just big ticket items left now. Once we have the room painted we might need to focus a bit more on getting that stuff sorted, not long now.
After leaving the funeral we headed to Old Quebec & checked out the sights. We love the old city, last time we were here they had a festival, so it was a little bit quieter this time. We didn’t feel the need to check out every nook & corner like you do when you see a place for the first time, instead taking our time to wander about & take in the sights in a rather relaxed way. We actually spent more time eating than anything else there. I had a chicken salad (man I hate salad & steak) & Geoff had a chicken sandwich with salad for our late lunch/ dinner. Afterwards we went to the Maple shop next door & I indulged in a little too much sugar, having maple toffee & a HUGE amount of maple syrup fairy floss, Geoff had some maple ice-cream. That was a HUGE sugar high & the low hit us both pretty hard later on, but well worth it.
We wandered the streets a bit more, before ending up at the Chateau Frontenac & enjoying the atmosphere there. There were quite a few people out & about enjoying the street entertainers & perfect weather, I must say it is nice that it doesn’t get dark here at the moment until after 9pm, it allows you to get so much out of your days. Before we headed off, we wandered through the famous hotel, which has rooms starting at $270+ a night. Nice enough, but at the moment we can definitely put that money to better use elsewhere & we didn’t exactly plan this trip either. When you looked at the detail within the hotel, there was quite a bit unfinished, much of the décor was a façade- made to look impressive, but if you actually looked at it you soon realised that it wasn’t as spectacular as it first appeared to be. Perhaps we have travelled a little too much & have become snobs in that regard. It was still nice to have a look around though.
It was whilst we were at the Chateau Frontenac sitting on one of their rather uncomfortable couches that the sugar low really hit & we decided to re-think our idea to hit the road & drive to Montreal, instead going in search of a hotel to stay in, which we did eventually find, after trying over a dozen different places.