February 11 - Quebec City, Quebec

Although there was nothing scheduled for the carnival today a lot was still happening. I breakfasted at the café next door where I had the biggest hot chocolate ever. It was in a 1-litre bowl! Yum! I walked further to the east of the old part of the walled city in the morning to Rue du Buade. This is a quiet street but as I walked further down I discovered a narrow alley lined with artists displaying their work. This is the famed Rue Du Tresor. The first artist greeted me with a strong Scandinavian accent. He was a Swedish man who had come to Quebec for the Carnival 19 years ago and never left. I don’t blame him.

It was nice to chat with him for a bit before heading up to Rue Saint Anne in front of the well known Chateau Frontenac – the Fairmont owned hotel. This is one of the most photographed buildings in Canada and seeing it first hand there is no reason to wonder why, from any angle!

The road ended at a cliff edge where a funicular railway carried people up and down the cliff face to the oldest part of the city, Quartier Petit-Champlain and Vieux Port. These areas date back to the 1600s before the French built on the hill after this area was repeatedly destroyed in attacks by the British.

People were tobogganing down the side of the Citadel in a specially created track onto the Promenade des Gouverneurs. I walked along here and up over 300 steps to the top of the deep snow covered Citadel. From here I was right at the head of the carnival and after taking a horse and sleigh down Avenue George VI to the Parc de l’Esplanade I wandered back through the carnival village. There were a lot less people about now it wasn’t the weekend. I could see a lot more of what was going on including ice fishing, many baby huskies and actually get a seat in the restaurant tent to warm up a bit.

Through the rest of the afternoon I explored the many streets of Vieux Quebec and took the hundreds of steps down to Quartier Petit-Champlain. A hot chocolate later and a bit warmer I walked the 2km back right across from here (which is the most easterly part of the city) to my hotel in Basse Ville.

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