Québec – Day 1 – Post 11 of 12

August 16, 2019

Here are some of the things I saw Friday afternoon in “Old City”:

Most cities I have been in have a button pedestrians must push at major intersections to trigger the “Walk” sign to come on so they may safely walk across to the other side.  In Québec they’ve kicked it up a notch and you only need to pass your hand underneath a sensor.  No need to push a nasty button which Lord knows how many people have touched after first licking their fingers…


Hard to tell from the sign below but in Canada they strongly encourage drivers to shut their cars off in many circumstances where they might otherwise let them idle (as JohnBoy does all the time while trying to take “hit and run” photos but often gets sidetracked talking to people as he did in Meat Cove, Nova Scotia).


You can’t really see it in my photo because it is in pale blue but there is a depiction of a cloud of exhaust billowing from the tailpipe – like this:


The majestic building shown below is part of Gare du Palais, the train station!!



Parts of the interior were undergoing maintenance but the areas I could get to were gorgeous.  They don’t build many buildings like this any more…







I took some other interior photos but because of the sunlight coming in the high windows they didn’t turn out very well.

Québec – Day 1 – Post 12 of 12

August 16, 2019

Here are some of the things I saw as I was walking back to my Airbnb after having spent the majority of the day walking around “Old City”.

These guys were enjoying a game of outdoor ping pong on what was a gorgeous afternoon.  The table is made of concrete and the “net” appears to be made of metal.  Lucky for them it wasn’t a very, very windy day.




I don’t really know what the sign below is all about.  Perhaps after everyone in your group splits up to do different things around town you would all plan to meet under the green sign on the parking deck at 5pm.  I would think it would be easier to pick a more substantial landmark like the entrance to Château Frontenac.


Looks like I stumbled on where some of Parks Canada’s elves work their magic:


A sign below a traffic light.  Hmmmm… do I feel like going left or right?


I saw this heron down below while walking over the St. Charles River bridge:



It flew a tad closer to the bridge I was standing on and the sun had come out from behind a cloud:


And this was after he flew under the bridge to the north side:


And this had been bothering me all day.  It was facing the river and bridge at some kind of kid’s recreation facility and kept rotating slowly full circle.  I couldn’t bring myself to get a shot of it looking right at me.  I was afraid I might not sleep as it was…




Posting logic – Québec/Ottawa/Boat trip/Toronto

September 7, 2019

Real time.   No photos, yet…

I have reviewed the photos from my first full day in Québec City.  It looks like I will be posting over 120 (yikes!).

Rather than trying to split them up into similar things with descriptive titles I think I will post them in groups of around 10-12 pictures each in the order they were taken.  That will give the viewer the best feel for what I saw and in what sequence.  I will post BACKWARDS – with the end of the day posting first and the beginning of the day last.  This will, as the posts are examined in the top to bottom order on the blog, put them in chronological order.  For this reason you will see Québec-Day 1-Post 10/10, then 9/10, etc.  You may look at them in any order you wish but you may want to wait until they are all posted as I may make reference to something I saw earlier in the day in “subsequent” posts.

I hope to have them all done by the end of the day Saturday but I have a pretty busy day planned.  It is a beautiful day in Durham post-Dorian and I do want to spend some time out on my deck until it gets hot after lunch.