Travelogue: Quebec City

September 2023
Where We Stayed: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

  • Goodness… we took this trip in September and I’m finally getting around to writing this recap in March!
  • Quebec City had been on my mom’s bucket list for years and years. The city had a lot of appeal – cute, quaint, and from what we could tell, you could feel like you’re in Europe… but with only a 2.5 hour flight to get there.
  • We traveled to Quebec City for a long weekend but a few days before we were scheduled to leave, I had food poisoning. Oh noooo. I recovered enough to be able to take the trip, but we didn’t really go out to eat or do anything exciting because I wasn’t feeling 100%… stable. I ate a lot of scones from Starbucks and hoped for the best.
  • We arrived on a Wednesday, late afternoon; and returned home a few days later on a Saturday. So what did we do for our 2 days in France-but-not-France?
    • Jeanne loves a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, so that was our first order of business. Truth be told, I love them, too. It’s a great way to get the entire lay of the land — and learn a few things along the way.  We took our time on the bus tour, and then spent the rest of our first full day shopping in the Petit Champlain district. It was cute beyond words!
    • On our second day, we hopped back on the bus for a ride to the Joan of Arc Garden. It was gorgeous and Jeanne gathered inspiration for next year’s garden.  We walked back to our hotel and did some more shopping/walking around.
  • Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and head home.  2 full days was plenty to get a feel for Quebec City and see the main highlights — but I would LOVE to go back again some day and try so many of the restaurants we missed.  It just wasn’t fun to be on a trip while recovering from food poisoning!
  • I really would recommend Quebec City to anyone. It was a beautiful city and while the official language is French, nearly everyone speaks English so you won’t feel lost at sea. It was also a very walkable city (though prepare yourself, it has hills for days).

Pretty hotel! Our hotel was old, but so charming and had the perfect location.
Hotel lobby – this was the area right outside some of the elevators.
Lobby art.
The main lobby of the hotel.
The first of MANY.
All set to go on our Hop On, Hop Off
I love the woman in red – I get the feeling she was spilling the TEA!
Our hotel from the bottom of the hill. It reminded me of Hogwarts.
The cutest little momma.
Look at how steep that hill is! Thank god for the funicular.
Oooo THESE COLORS! Primary colors are my favorite colors.
Teeny tiny!
I had high hopes for this Christmas shop, but it was lackluster.
The Joan of Arc Garden