After a quick cappuccino, we were ready for our tour with Francois of Tours Voir Québec, who had rented a car.
Francois drove us to the historic Montmorency Falls Park and scenic île d´Orléans—a landscape paradise complete with vineyards and sunflowers. Petronille Vineyard and sampled some ice wine in their beautiful tasting room.
We were also lucky to see Cirque du Soleil’s free nightly performance called Les Chemins Invisibles—spectacular!
Later, my husband Highroad Cam met me at our hotel after driving 8 hours from Connecticut.
The Hilton on Parliament Hill has spectacular views overlooking the citadel of Old Québec (Vieille Ville), the St. Our beautiful corner room (1216) at the Hilton had floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides and looked out upon the famous and imposing Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel, built in 1893 by Canada’s railway companies to evoke the romanticism of the 14th and 15th century chateaus of the Loire Valley.
I enjoyed their yellow and red beet salad with goat cheese and their extensive wine selection.
Cam had the Argentinean skirt steak and a Québécois beer.
We shared the croque migneron—grilled cheese Québécois style, similar to the traditional croque monsieur but with the strongly flavored local migneron de charlevoix cheese. Lawrence River to Levis (20 minute ride, .50 round trip) to get a view of the Québec skyline and came back to visit several of the many attractions in Place Royale, the 400-year-old square in Québec where the trendy restaurants and galleries are, and once the main market place and square where public executions took place!
And then the funicular () back up to Le Chateau Frontenac.When we passed through the cemetery, we were at the top of Rue Saint-Jean,, where there is a myriad of quaint restaurants.We chose the cozy and moderately priced Hobbit Bistro for dinner that night.For dessert, we went right next door to Tutto Gelato.My chocolate hazelnut gelato was possibly the best thing I have ever tasted!The fortified wall that protected and still surrounds Old Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only citadel in existence in North America.