Quebec City – The Next Best Thing to France

 I’ve been deep in the throws of planning for our trip to France next fall, which got me thinking about the time we spent in Quebec City. Last September we took a trip to the Northeast – that included the Canadian Provence just north of the border. We fell in love with the quaint Canadian city. I hear it’s almost like being in France, almost. At least its the best we can get here in North America.

Our trip to France has been in the works for about a year now, so our experience in Quebec gave us a chance to brush up on our French and have a little insight as to what we could expect.

We had lunch at this cute cafe in Trois Rivieres. And…it was yummy.

The cobblestone streets and old buildings in that ancient walled city had me dreaming of our upcoming trip.

We got our exercise. Built along and above the St. Lawrence River, there are lots of stairs and steep hills.

Mansard roofs and vine covered stone were commonplace.


This was such a cute little sidewalk cafe. It wasn’t quite open when we passed by, otherwise I would have loved to sit at those tables with a steaming cappuccino and watch the world fellow tourists go by.

There was a bazillion shops in which to browse, some more kitschy than others. Whenever I travel I seek out the more unusual shops to pick up souvenirs – are you like me?

We took in a couple of museums and historic sights too.

After all the walking, shopping and negotiating steps, we had worked up quite a thirst. It was time for a beer along the waterfront at this cool little tavern.

I would go back in a heartbeat. Have you visited Quebec City? If not, it’s definitely a destination to put on your bucket list.

Until next time…


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2 thoughts on “Quebec City – The Next Best Thing to France

  1. What a quaint city! My daughter and s-i-l have been talking about going to Montreal to visit or even possibly live. I have never been to Canada. Those shops look pretty irresistible!

    • It is really neat Julie. I really love Canada – since my husband was born in Vancouver, we have lots of opportunity to go. We had never been to Eastern Canada, so it was quite a treat.I would go back in a heartbeat, and hope to get to go back soon. Perhaps your daughter will move to Montreal, and you’ll be able to visit!