We are in Quebec City and having a blast!!! We arrived on Thursday after a day of being in airports with airline computers being down and waiting around but we made it! It took about an hour to get through customs which was kind of weird but we were the very last people in line and the customs guys were very chatty with each person so I guess that is why! We got our rental car and thank goodness for GPS!!! Found our way to the old part of the city to our hotel –Auberge Saint-Antoine. This is a wonderful place with a lot of history to it! The hotel is built on the site where the Daphine battery was in 1709 and they have had archeologists involved in the building, etc. and recovered over 5000 artifacts which is amazing to me. They have many of them on display throughout the hotel and we are in the La Chambre Des Lumieres room which has a couple of artifacts on display. This morning after a delicious breakfast at Panache we had a private tour of the hotel by Martin and learned a great deal about the history of this great place.
It has been a rainy rainy dreary day but we managed to make the most of it after our tour we set out to find the Museum du Forte which we eventually found but as it was funded by the family that owns the hotel we are staying at it was part of our package. It was a diorama and a half hour presentation of the history of Quebec City—funny how their version is a tad different from the version that we studied in history—basically that the colonies were the aggressors. As with anything the story changes with who is telling it!!! But it was informative and it was a great way to get some of the local history. We walked around aimlessly for quite awhile—found a nice little place for lunch and were amazed at how inexpensive our lunch was!!! We had gone all out last night for dinner and eaten at the Panache in the hotel here and had one of the priciest meals we have ever had but it was worth it!!!! I had a starter of emu followed by Atlantic Halibut for a main. Chris started with Prince Edward Island lobster followed by the Atlantic Scallops. We had a cold cucumber lobster mango soup for a starter also and yummy bread. but of course the best was the Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate followed by even more chocolate with the bill!!! I did not take pictures, should have because the presentation was fabulous!!!
It is a magical place and we are enjoying ourselves immensely!!! We ended up going to the Bodies Exhibition this afternoon–always wanted to see it and never had so we saw it in the French version (thank goodness our audio tour was english) and it was very cool. Very amazing and I would recommend to anyone to go see it if you have a chance even if you are not a medical type person!!! Way amazing!
Well Chris is itching to go get some supper—-I have been on a sugar and caffeine high all day so not sure what I really need to have at this point but hey—-gotta go find some adventure ! Will blog more and post more pictures later!