Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Eastern Canada etc Days 4 & 5

Yesterday was spent mostly on the bus travelling from Montreal to Quebec where we arrived mid-afternoon.  It's quite an arty area with lots of galleries and boutiques, and our hotel is perched high on a hill overlooking the St Lawrence River, sadly no river view - more a garden view where the chef grows his herbs and his chooks fertilise as they peck around.  They have 5 hens who lay an egg a day, which is a bit lean for their requirements for 6000 meals per day.  The Fairmont hotels were built for passengers on the Canadian Pacific Railways - very stately style with lots of timber walls and subdued lighting, and dog friendly. We cruised the St Lawrence River this morning, then got our history lesson for the day with a tour of the hotel (believe it or not), and capped it off with a nice late lunch/early dinner and a walk through the old part of the city.  Tomorrow we head for Ottawa.
One of the gateways into the walled part of Quebec City

Interesting art works are everywhere 

 Wonderful murals are painted on the walls of some of the buildings similar to  
European towns

 Lots of buskers such as this silver gem and musicians and singers
entertain the hoards of tourists.

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