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“Unique and Magical”
Review of Old Quebec

Old Quebec
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Small-Group Quebec City Food Tour
Ranked #1 of 211 things to do in Quebec City
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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“Unique and Magical”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

A thoughtfully planned, well preserved, and delicately modernized miniature Europe in North America. Brimming with fascinating history, stylish architecture, cultural cuisines, craft stores, and scenic photo locations.

- Visit once at day, once at night. A whole new sensory experience from day to night.
- Put on your walking shoes; walking is the best way to experience the streets/allies and all of its charms.
- Park at a municipal electronic meter, REMEMBER the meter number, you can refill the meter at any payment kiosk throughout the city - no need to rush back to the car.
- Plan the sites you want to visit, but don't plan the routes, just explore and you'll find a lot of hidden jewels.
- Consider visiting on a cruise, it does have a port.

Visited September 2013
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“absolutely wonderful”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

it is magical,full of stories …and make sure that you are walking the entire place, not in a car. a visit to canda cannot be complete without visiting old quebec. ..walk the streets, discover houses, churches, shops and you will be lost in an entirely different world

Visited September 2013
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“Great area to Visit”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Have been to Old Quebec numerous times. Ashamed to say we generally just stay in the Walled area. The shops are quaint, excellent eating options for all budgets and friendly people. Just walk and wander.

Visited November 2013
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“Unique. History, shopping, dining, wonderful views, charming people”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

The title may have given away the gist of my review -- we really love this place. Walking along with Terrasse Dufferin in the summer, with an ice cream, listening to musicians, looking at ships on the St. Lawrence, makes you feel like a boulevardier in an old movie. However, our most recent trip was in November, which is definitely an odd time to visit. The skiing, skating, ice hotel, etc isn't running yet, but the weather can be a bit brisk. Brisk being an upstate euphemism for freezing cold.

We didn't care, even in November, it was still great fun.

You need a good coat and good walking shoes - - lots of hills and stone paving. You wander the streets past stone buildings from centuries ago, and there are art galleries, shops, fun places to eat. If you've ever enjoyed, for example, pea soup even a little bit, be sure to get some in Quebec, it is delicious.

The history museums are small and dated, scattered around the city, but kind of charming. The Musee du Fort (near the Chateau Frontenac) must have hired P.T.Barnum to write their advertisements of "the latest audiovisual technology" and a "spectacular model" -- it is a dusty city diorama circa 1965 I think, but when the little cannon lights wink and a tiny church appears to smoke & burn during the tiny bombardment, we all grinned like idiots. It is fun and charming.

The Musee de la Civilisation is definitely worth a visit. Some of the art museums are based on collections from old religious orders and are a bit heavy on unhappy-looking saints and devout gore, but there are also lots of interesting and enjoyable local paintings.

The Museum on the Plains of Abraham is a fairly minimal effort, obviously designed to entertain schoolchildren, but my daughter and I found the casual audio-visual presentations amusing - - if you are lucky enough to time it during the Armistice Day ceremonies, as we were, having modern field pieces booming away just outside the wall really enlivens the talk of battles!

A tiny funicular or cable-car climbs the cliff from the lower Old Town to the upper old town (from Petit-Champlain St) -- since I am more or less still ambulatory, I would have skipped this, but my daughter insisted, and I was surprised what a cool view you get -- during the very brief ride, we all started snapping pictures like madmen over the rooftops.

Restaurants - - hard to miss, we never hit a bad one! Le Petit Cochon Dingue was excellent. We came off a walk on the Plains of Abraham, past a stone Martello tower, through a garden with a statue of Joan of Arc, past a bizarre stone building in a style that I literally find indescribable, and stopped in a bakery with big lizards, etc. made of bread, just for fun, and had a nice croissant sandwich & good coffee -- and there are dozens of places like this, all over. The locals seem totally forgiving of my total ignorance of French and were absolutely friendly and charming. Too many nice restaurants to mention. I honestly think you cannot go far wrong in this town, wandering in anywhere that looks appealing.

A negative comment. Drivers. why do these people turn feral when they get behind the wheel of their little cars? Almost as rabid as Bostonians. Seriously, watch yourself. Left-hand turns on a six lane road from the right turning lane. Are they too busy gesticulating at their cellphones to navigate? I don't know, I was too frightened and just swerved out of their way.

I'm not a really a window-shopper, but Quebec is a good town for this - - every shop seems to have a good sense of artistry.

Basically a fun town to roam around. We've been several times and will be going back.

Visited November 2013
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“Charming and friendly.”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

We visited for 3 days and, despite the unusual sub zero temperature, snow and wind, we found walking around in parkas was fine. Here the names we heard in history texts came alive. Although many shops and restaurants were closed, there was no difficulty finding places to eat. Food was reasonably priced, staff were welcoming to us anglophones and shops were charming. Our Hotel 71 was great and included free valet parking and breakfast. We did our own walking tours and found no lineups to contend with. The drive to Ile d' Orleans was easy and scenic but almost all of the shops, wineries, etc. were closed. The upside was absolutely no traffic. We are already planning a return visit, something we usually do not do as we have so many other places to visit on our bucket list.

Visited November 2013
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