Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Quebec -- we set out on a journey to the Great Far North
Although we had to cancel our trip to France this year, we thought surely the next best thing would be a road trip to Quebec, right? (As it turned out the answer was "No," and don't call me "surely.") Anyway, the plan was to drive to Quebec City, spend a few nights and then cruise around the the Gaspe Peninsula, swing down through New Brunswick, cross into Maine spend a night in Bangor with family and and then home. That part worked according to plan.
Once we passed the Q & A exam at the border ("Why are you coming to Canada?" "Beats me, why am I coming to Canada?") we continued on Route 55 around Sherbrooke and then turned east on Route 20 at Drummondville, which took us on a parallel course with the Saint Lawrence River straight to Quebec.
Our hotel was in "Old Quebec," just off the old port area, and to get there we had to cross the Saint Lawrence on Route 73 and then turn into the city on Route 440. After a brief flurry of confusion about parking we soon found ourselves unpacking in our hotel, Le Port Royal.
This leg of the trip had taken just a bit over eight hours of leisurely driving -- and we were looking forward to two or three days of exploring "a bit of old Europe" on foot. Boy, were we in for a few surprises.