In December, I posted a handful of photos from the day we spent rambling around Quebec City, and I have just a few more to share. The 400-year-old city is divided into two parts, an upper, walled portion (Upper Town, called Haute-Ville in French) and a lower section (Lower Town, called Basse-Ville in French) that is level with the St. Lawrence River. The pictures in the first blog post were taken in Upper Town, but I enjoyed Lower-Town even more. It felt the more like a European City with its narrow streets and cobblestone squares.
The photo below shows the view of Lower Town from Upper Town. The picture above was taken in Lower Town and looks up at Upper Town and the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.
Within Lower Town is a section called Quartier Petit Champlain. Named after Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer who founded Quebec City in 1608, Quartier Petit Champlain is considered the oldest commercial district in North America. Although small, it’s a great place for tourists to wander around because of its many shops, restaurants, and art galleries.
My favorite part of Lower Town was Place Royale, a beautiful square that sits next to the church Notre-Dame-des-Victoires. Place Royale has been named the “birthplace of French America.” It was Quebec City’s commercial epicenter from the time the city was founded through the mid-1800s.
The church, pictured below, dates back to 1688 and is the oldest in North America, although it has undergone multiple restorations. The name was chosen after Quebec City survived the Battle of Quebec in 1690.
Nearby, we came across a quaint street that provided a view of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. The colored umbrellas hanging between two buildings created the perfect photo op.
The umbrellas hang just outside the Pape-Georges, a tavern housed in an almost-400-year-old building.
Access between Lower Town and Upper Town is by stairs, a narrow roadway, or the funicular (funiculaire in French). The funicular opened in 1879 and was powered by steam engine until 1907, when electricity was installed. In Lower Town, it runs out of the Louis Jolliet House–built in 1683 for Louis Jolliet, the European who discovered the Mississippi River. Photos of the house and funicular are shown below.
Before I go, I can’t resist sharing these snapshots that I took from the Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace, a hill in Upper Town that provides a stunning view of the Fairmont hotel, Lower Town, and the St. Lawrence River. Our day in Quebec City was superb.
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