Quebec City

"The citadel of Quebec says, "I will live here, and you shan't prevent me." To which you return, that you have not the slightest objection, live and let live." - Henry David Thoreau

This past week, I took a trip to Quebec City with my dad as an early 16th birthday present. It was incredible! The city is absolutely gorgeous and everything about it is just amazing (except for the 12 hour drive...). We stayed at the Hotel St. Anne, right across from (supposedly) one of the most haunted buildings in Quebec City, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Since we got in late the first day, we just had dinner at our hotel and walked around for a bit.

The second day of the trip, we walked around more. Quebec is a small city and you can easily walk around majority of the city, as long as you don't mind hills. The hills there are insane. After walking around for awhile, we took a boat tour on the St. Lawrence river. The boat tour went to Montmorency Falls (which is the picture of the waterfall I included), which is actually taller than Niagara Falls, and then to the Plains of Abraham. Later on that night, we went on a ghost tour, which is how I discovered I was staying by an extremely haunted building. Ghosts tours are one of my favorite things to do when I visit anywhere, since its a great way to a) see the city, b) learn about the city's history, and c) be really scared. Despite the fact that it rained for majority of the tour, it was a lot of fun!

We started out the next day of our trip by taking a bus tour around the city. The bus made stops every few minutes, mainly outside of the old part of Quebec city, which makes sense since the streets are so small (not that we didn't see a lot of buses going way too fast down the tiny streets, despite the fact that there was barely any room). Although you can get off at any of the stops, my dad and I stayed on until the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. This was a very cool museum that mainly featured artists from Quebec, including Jean Paul Lemieux, Alfred Pellan, Fernand Leduc, and Jean-Paul Riopelle. Another cool exhibit was the XXth Century by Bill Vazan, which 10 canvas boards stamped with acrylic paint, each one representing a decade from the 20th century. The awesome thing about this was finding my birthdate, along with the birthdates of friends and family members. Finally, probably my favorite exhibit was Unfaithful Mornings: The Art of Protocols. This exhibit included Canadian artists who created photographs, videos, and installations using a strict, methodical set of rules. This exhibit included a photograph of an office recreated using only Post-It notes and videos with drawings using spirographs. After visiting the museum, my dad and I got back on the bus and went to our hotel.

And thus concludes my trip to Quebec City! My visit was so incredible, and hopefully I will get the chance to visit again. Maybe if I'm lucky, I will get the chance to live there, even if for a short while.

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