Day 5 - Quebec city Saturday 10th September.
Today is a stunning day in Quebec and we are lucky to have such good weather is the previous week seeing thunderstorms! It's sunny and about 25 degree and not a cloud in the sky.
We head off on a tour of the city after breakfast with a local guide, starting at the citadel (army barracks) and have a little history lesson here.
After this we drive into the old town at the lower city and have a short walk through the streets seeing some street art ( large mural) which shows all the seasons of Quebec and the industries which keep it running.
After the tour which stop at a cafe nearby for coffee. Unfortunately the coffee wasn't great, and Michael tried to leave half of his and was told off by the French waiter for not finishing it! Haha.
After working out what we wanted to do for the afternoon which had decided just to take it easy, we wandered around the lower city where there are lots of artist painting and a large number of art shops.
The shopping areas is full of cafes and restaurants and after wandering around looking for a restaurant with risotto to satisfy Michaels craving, which we couldn't find so we settle on an Italian place in the lower city (Sapristi bistro cafe). Michael has a chorizo pasta and I have a chicken bruschetta salad with some local Quebec rose which were both delish!
After lunch we head back to the upper city via the 'break-neck' stairs, which aren't that bad, and Michael stops to buy the popcorn which we had walked past earlier. He buys a large bag for $12cad and the lady fills it to the brim! It's so big I think it's close to 1kg of salted caramel popcorn, but it is amazing! We sit outside the chateau Frontenac to eat some with the hope of being able to close the bag, but aren't able to eat enough. So Michael head into the tourism centre to ask for a plastic bag to keep it all contained.
After this we head into the chateau Frontenac to the bar for a drink. The architecture is beautiful and the entrance has a few shops. We head to the bar and are lucky enough to get a seat on the window side of the bar overlooking the st Lawrence river. I have a glass of Chardonnay from Sonoma and Michael orders a New York sour cocktail.
After our drinks we head back to the hotel to get ready for our dinner at the island of Orleans.
We leave the hotel at 5pm and make a stop at Montmorency falls, and we walk to the viewing platforms and over the suspension bridge. The river is brown and dirty looking, but gets its colour from the iron in the water. In winter the mist from the falls turns into a snow mound!
Back on the bus we head over to the isle of Orleans to the a little restaurant called st matins?. It's a cute restaurant in an old flour mill, and we head upstairs for our group dinner.
We have a garden salad as an appetiser, and they serve us this horrible looking dressing which looked like cold gravy as it was served in a gravy boat. Then we were served a cream of vegetable soup which was also a bit ordinary. For mains I had a salmon fillet in a lemon butter sauce and Michael had bison elk and venison stew, both which were a bit dry and served with over cooked Vegies. Dessert was a local cake called a maple syrup pie, and was like pecan pie but without the pecans. Overall dinner was pretty ordinary, particularly after our amazing dinner the night before!
We then head back to the hotel arriving about 9.30pm.