Sunday, August 2, 2009

Quebec, Day 1

I spent a day touring Quebec City with daughters number 1, 2 and 4. High school French has come in somewhat handy on several occasions, although my efforts mostly consist of "Merci," "Bonjour," and "Pardon."

Brick and copper roofed chateau shown through colorful flowers
The Chateau Frontenac is Quebec City's landmark, overlooking the St. Laurence River. I learned today that the D-Day invasion was planned here in 1944.

Mural on the side of a building that looks like the building has windows on that side
An amazing five-story trompe-l'oeil fresco in the lower town of Old Quebec. It includes important people from Quebec history, examples of many building styles, as well as a look at all the seasons. Winter (up on the fifth story) shows newly planted trees that are wrapped to protect them from the low temperatures. A nice detail.

Derelict building above parked cars, clearly this is the inside of a building
We had to park the car in a funky parking lot the first night. This is the view from where the car was parked. What the heck is that building?

A blue spray-painted face on one of the interior walls
Close up of the graffiti in the stairwell.

The same building from the other side with steel braces supporting it
And this is the front of building, which was something related to St. Vincent DePaul. Clearly, the intent is to reuse this facade on a new building that would be constructed in the parking lot space.

Sign that reads Le Fe Art but the arrangement colors of the letters makes it appear to read Le Fart
Oh, the immature jokes made by people who speak English as their first language. (I hear the German word for highway exit is Ausfahrt.)

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