This is day 8 of our Canadian adventure and we just left Quebec City. That was the last major city we will see in Canada. While Quebec was much more enjoyable than Montreal it was still a hectic time. But we did find the major stopping point we were looking for and that was Place Royale. It was part of the very old Quebec that has been completely restored back to its 1600s roots. That is except for the 21st century add-ons. Here is a picture of the main square in that area.
Of course this area is adjacent to the St. Lawrence river as it was the major highway in its time. There were lots of nice restaurants and shops in the area so I had trouble keeping Yvonne out of some of them. But, it ends up I was the one to spend for a major item which was a unique jacket. We found a parking space relatively close to the area and after plugging in about $10 worth of coins we got an hours and a half on the meter.
I made sure that I got a few pictures of the young french ladies in the area. I watched the one in the picture here put up her hair on top her head and as a result found that they follow the french in more ways than I thought. When she raised her arms to set her hair she revealed a full crop of hair under her arms. I knew Europeans don’t shave their armpits but I was surprised to see the french Canadians don’t either.
We made it back to our parking space just as the meter was going into “Void” so no ticket this time. Instead of trying to self navigate to the second spot we wanted to see in the city which was the La Citadelle we decided to let OnStar navigate us. On the map it was only about a mile or so away but after about a half hour of listening to OnStar say “turn left at…”, turn right at….” ”Off Route….” “Redirecting…” we gave it up and decided to just head north.
The next few weeks are bound to be less hectic than the previous one as we will not likely see another city exceeding 1,ooo people during all that time. We plan on taking the local highway that runs right next to the St. Lawrence and the Atlantic for about 400 miles or so. When we find a really nice place with the scenic views that Yvonne relishes we will like stay for a few days to recharge our batteries.
Depending on Internet access you might not hear from me for a few days but I will continue blogging off-line and load them up when a connection is available. And the journey goes on….