Day 4 - Boston to Quebec Friday 9th September.
Today we leave the city of Boston first thing in the morning at 7.30am! Yuk... Who wants to get up that early :(
We begin our long drive to Canada's Quebec City, our first main stop is at Franconia national park in the white mountains. It's only a short break of about 30mins just long enough for a toilet stop and a wander in the tourist information and shop of the venue we pull up at. We don't have time to do any exploration which I was hoping to have. But I have a good stretch as my hips have been so sore and tight from all the sitting on the plane and walking around Boston.
Back on the bus we stop at the Newtown for lunch were we experience some of the interesting food choices of the people on our table. Chopped ham sandwiches which look revolting, and chicken and biscuits which is a local dish basically chicken with scone like biscuits and gravy with mash and all very grey looking.
I buy some cute little measuring spoons from the gift shop with a bee on them.
Next stop is duty free before the border check - Michael and I buy some perfume each as they have a good deal on, and some wine for our BYO dinner in Ottawa.
We pass through the border check which is all very quick and easy, just stamping out passports and not checking out bags at all.
We arrive at the Hilton hotel to check in around 6pm and the hotel staff are on strike, we enter through a picket line and they are all on the vuvuzelas and are very noisy! So we have to take our own bags to the rooms as their are no porter staff.
The hotel is also hosting some of the tennis players for the local ATP tour in Quebec.
We get checked in and then head out for a little exploration and to find some dinner. We walk around and around trying to find a French restaurant, but everything is very busy as its Friday night.
We eventually head back to a little French hotel called le Saint amour which we both thought was a bit dodgy from the outside. We were just after something cheap and cheerful, and this looked not too bad. So we take a table and we head inside the restaurant only to discover the atrium inside which is flat out and beautifully decked out inside. The main waiter busily tries to find us a nice table but is unable to do so, so we are seated in the quiet front room. Pleasantly surprised we look at the menu and I discover it's actually more like a fine dining restaurant and mains are about $50CAD each! Oh well... We ask the waiter to recommend us a half bottle of wine to go with dinner and we order a bottle of cote de brouilly 2013 by chateau Thivin. This was so amazing we finished it before our mains even came out- super easy drinking fresh and well balanced. Similar to a Pinot noir. So we asked our waiter to recommend a heavier red and we ended up with a half bottle of Chateau Fleur de Lisse - Bordeaux 2012.
Our mains come out and at first bite Michael and I are in love! The food is just amazing, so well presented, so full of flavour and perfectly cooked. After polishing off mains we decide on dessert, I order the cognac dessert, which is like a semi-freddo, and Michael had freshness. We ask the waiter to recommend us another bottle of wine to go with dessert and he comes out with an ice wine from Quebec. It's nothing like I've ever had before, not super sweet but well balanced sweetness with freshness and acidity- so good!
We also came across the cellar upstairs which was pretty impressive for a collection of wine!
After dinner we walked back to the hotel via the parliament and walked past the fountain at the front, I didn't notice at the time but the fountain was all frothy as the local uni students had put soap into the water!
We then head back to the Hilton to bed.