One of my faves of all the photos I took. I just really like the crook in the street.
For many years, I had been hesitant to visit Quebec City – always worried that my French wasn’t good enough to get by comfortably on my own. So when my friend Stephen (a translator by trade) suggested a weekend trip to QC together, I jumped at the chance.
Turns out I needn’t have worried about my language skills – at least not in Old Quebec. Old Quebec is incredibly touristy, and most everyone speaks English reasonably well.
Even so, I found my French skills were better than expected – and better still, they only improved over the course of the weekend, the longer I was immersed.
It’s too bad I let it go so long without visiting. Old Quebec is absolutely charming.
Not that I should have been surprised. Other friends have told me on numerous occasions about the city’s old-world charm; that feeling like you’re in the middle of Paris.
I’ve never been to Paris, but Stephen has and he tells me the same thing, so I have no reason to doubt it.
Whether it’s Paris-like or not, it’s lovely.
The one thing I wasn’t expecting was how hilly it was. There’s even a funicular for heaven’s sake! Maybe friends had mentioned that fact to me, but clearly my brain didn’t remember it.
Not that the vertical nature of the city was a problem. I really enjoyed the hilly, narrow, winding streets. They made for some great photos! We did a walk around Vieux Québec on our first day in town, and every corner we turned offered a new treasure for my photographer’s-brain. I’m so happy I brought my camera.
I was able to snap a bunch of great photos in between our visits to inviting patios for glasses of vin rouge, pints of bière, cups of café and plates of fromages (yes, we ate a drank a lot). I’ll caption the photos below, which are all from the old quarter.
A pop of colour along the roof’s edge.
Just a sculpture hung over a door, but I find it hard to resist taking photos of statues face-on.
Steve the Translator. Thanks for a wonderful weekend!
I also find repeated patterns hard to pass up.
Close-up of a painted wall mural.
Another favourite – doors or windows isolated on a nice monochromatic wall.
Stephen the sailor.
Thanks to a filter in the snapseed app, a boring photo is saved!
You know darn well that many people have taken this shot in the past.
Cool artwork hung overhead in among the old stone buildings.
Same artwork – opposite angle…and B&W. Gosh, I’m so creative.😛
More B&W for the Gothic church. I dunno… is it actually Gothic? I’m not a student of architecture.
A funicular – sadly, we didn’t ride it.
Stephen, that just looks gross. I know it’s maple ice cream, but still. Guh-ross.
That looks slightly better.
Getting creative with the lens flares. Call me J.J. Abrams.
Colourful balls?! Well, that’s just gonna make ANY shot pop!
Rowr! Face-on shot of a stuffed bear.
Time for wine! Need some energy before I continue walking around.
The restaurant where we grabbed the wine. Apparently it’s quite new. Well, their location couldn’t be better.
Busy street! Good thing I mostly like to shoot details rather than wide angles – otherwise, all my shots would have had dozens of people in them.
Harpist-busker. Never seen that before, and we actually saw TWO in Quebec. Go figure.
Lots more door-in-wall photos to come, I’m afraid.
Time for a beer top-up. Only a few more photos to go.
A place to tie your horse.
Technically taken from the Citadelle, but still a nice shot of an old street.
Okay, that’s enough for now. Let’s celebrate with another pint. You made it all the way through my post!