22 August - Quebec City
After last night's rain the forecast was for a cool, partly overcast day around 18-19 degrees. After breakfast in the hotel, we headed out to explore the insides of the old walled city. The buildings are mostly really well preserved. It truly is a pocket of old Europe in North America. The oldest relics below the decking outside the Chateau Frontenac date back to the early 1600's. We travelled solo with Lance & Karol going their own way and met up at 12.30 for lunch.
After lunch we all went down the funicular to the lower part of the old city. There the cobblestone lanes are lined with shops and restaurants and we took our time exploring. I bought a light backpack to store our purchases in and carry them. The mild weather made the long day's trek pleasant. We sat for a while after ascending the funicular, then returned to the hotel. Lance & I went and bought some wine whilst the ladies relaxed.
We walked to an Asian restaurant for dinner that Darlene & I had passed earlier in the day. We had been advised it was BYO but that information turned out to be incorrect and our bottle of Malbec remained unopened. Wine at restaurants and bars here is marked up even more than at home. After paying exorbitant prices for wine on other evenings we decided to stick with water. Based on Darlene's step counter on her phone and the extra walking I did, I think I walked over 10km for the day.
Tomorrow will be an easier day. We are driving to Montmerency falls and Ile de Orleans.