Bienvenue à Quebec!

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International Travel, Musings, North America, Photography, Uncategorized

It’s been almost almost 8 years since we visited Quebec City in Canada. What I remember most about this city are the parks, the architecture, the flower boxes in the windows and the delicious cafe mochas we had. It very much reminded me of Europe in that almost everything we wanted to explore was within easy walking distance and people were generally laid back and friendly.

Let’s hop onto the funicular and check out different parts of Quebec City!

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We could have easily stayed longer without running out of interesting things to explore!
Stay tuned for more Quebec adventures!

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My passions in life are vegetarian cooking, gardening, photography, writing, good books, traveling and nature. Thanks for stopping by, Sabine

18 thoughts on “Bienvenue à Quebec!”

  1. It is most definitely very European, Sabine! The colours in your photographs are beautifully composed and selected. Those white painted brick walls with the timber framed windows in the cafes, the turrets and towers on the buildings and the bouqets of flowers are very reminiscent of Europe. It makes me interested to visit this place but I think it would be hard to chose Canada over Europe. Is Quebec driving distance from you?

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    • I loved the place! Quebec is not within easy reach of Oregon. It’s a little over 3,100 miles by car or 8+ hours by plane. We flew from here to Chicago and transferred planes there to Quebec City. We hope to make it up to BC and visit Victoria. It’s supposed to be really nice too. But I do love the European feel of Quebec!

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  2. What a poor Canadian I am as I’ve never been to Quebec City. Not only that, all those years of French I took, both in Canada growing up, and in college, and I had to Google to translate “Je me souviens” to discover it was meant “I remember” and is the official motto of Quebec”. Thank goodness for Google! The funicular ride was interesting looking from your perspective and a little daunting as well. I remember when I was on the Scandinavia, we visited a funicular in Bergen, Norway. I don’t have any photos of it though. I’ll look forward to seeing more on Quebec in your upcoming posts Sabine.

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      • That would be nice Sabine but I have to renew my passport as I let it lapse. I want to renew it before the next time I renew my green card in 2025, as I’m hoping I’ll have an easier time with the green card renewal process. I’ve had problems in the past, especially in 2015, partly because I have no fingerprints, from so many years of typing, they are worn down. I had to go back a second time for a fingerprint capture (in ink) plus go to the police station to get certified that I’d not been involved in any crimes for the past ten years … I have lived at this address since 1966 and not involved in any crimes. It is kind of a kick in the pants – I was recommended to get a passport as perhaps the Department of Homeland Security deems me a person without a country. I should have kept up on the French … at least I could read your blog post title. 🙂

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      • I did not know that typing that much could wear out one’s fingerprints! I didn’t have any problems renewing mine, but when we come back from an international trip we’ve often been given rather shabby treatment by the immigration officials. I’ve been married for almost 40 years to the same guy, and last time they demanded I tell them my husbands middle name!! It has made returning home an unpleasant experience. Renew your passport, Linda! I never imagined that after all these years of living here things could turn this way. It makes me very sad!

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      • People who play the piano also have the same problem with worn-down ridges on their fingertips. I learned that fact before the problem with my own unclear fingerprints. In the early 90s, a coworker had an elementary-school-aged child and the police came to the school on a campaign for “helping to find missing children” … the goal was to take pictures of the kids, along with getting their ink fingerprints to be put into a data base in case of a kidnapping. The parents were asked to accompany the kids and go first to show their child how easy it was for the fingerprinting – some kids were scared. My coworker told me that the police marveled she had no fingerprints. Sue had been a legal secretary for 25 years at that time. The police said piano players have the same issue. That is a shame you were treated so shabbily when returning from overseas. I understand it is more rigorous crossing the border at Detroit/Windsor. We crossed for years when we went back to Toronto to visit my grandmother. The whole ordeal for me was unnecessary and quite honestly I was insulted. When we moved here in 1966, we only filled out postcards, signed them and mailed them in for the longest time. There were more requirements by the 80s and 90s, as you probably know, even before 9/11. I am going to renew it Sabine. For future traveling purposes as well as I.D. purposes for the green card.

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      • I had no idea that fingerprints can be worn off like that! As for the border officials, they could do their job every bit as efficient if they were a little friendlier and didn’t look at us (immigrants) as human beings. It would make it feel less hostile.

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      • I agree – I think they go out of their way sometimes to be difficult. When I was at the immigration office in Detroit the first time, I specifically said my fingerprints capture were difficult electronically and ink was necessary. Her retort was “I know what I am doing.” So due to that reluctance to do the prints in ink, I had to go back down there a second time. It was two days after one of the largest snowfalls we had ever- 13 or 14 inches of snow and Detroit is notorious for not cleaning their snow for up to a week. I had to hire a Metrocar to take me down there and to stay while there. So, I was not too amused about that, nor the ordeal, losing work, etc. Then to have to go to the police department – I do not look threatening etc.

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  3. Now I have to find a way to visit there and if they don’t let me back in, that will be fine with me. I love the European look of the city. My daughter wants to go that direction to do research on her family from that part of the country. Lots of French and French Canadian in the kids’ backgrounds. Your pictures are so enticing.

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  4. Luc Dumulong says:

    Funny that despite the abundance of Québec flags in Québec city, (the National Assembly is literally in old Quebec) not even one picture shows the Quebec flag?
    As a proud Québécois, I could not help but notice the absence of our beautiful white and blue flag on your included pictures.
    That is ok. Next time you visit our friendly and beautiful province, you will have another chance 😄

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    • Hi Luc, thanks for visiting and commenting! I am working on a second post of our visit to your beautiful city. We did visit the National Assembly which was fascinating. I hope you come back to see the rest of my photos, including some of your gorgeous blue and white flag. Hopefully I will have a chance to visit again some day! 😊

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