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My husband and I spent three days in Quebec City in early June. Yesterday I was going over some restaurant and attractions recommendations with a friend who is going there with her family next week and realized I had not posted a trip report here.

We go to Montreal quite often, but our last trip to Quebec City was in 1977. We certainly don't plan to stay away so long before our next visit. It is a charming city.

Before going I read Louise Penny's latest mystery, Bury Your Dead, set in Quebec City with quite a lot of history. I also started Champlain's Dream by David Hackett Fischer but have set it aside since we got back.

We stayed three nights at the Hotel Marie-Rollet on Rue Ste-Anne, in the center of the walled city. I looked at lots of B & B and small hotel options and think there are many good choices. This one is in a Victorian house built in 1876 by Usruline Sisters to host the "High Nobility" of Quebec. We had a room on the third floor which was fine for us but would not be good for anyone with mobility problems. My biggest complaint was that the web site claimed there would be "free coffee every morning" and this was not true.

We ate good dinners at Le Lapin Sauté, Le Pain Béni, and Le Mistral Gagnant, spending about $100 for two at each of these.
We ate lunch at Aux Anciens Canadiens the day we left. The lunches and early dinner prices are very reasonable there.
We got very good sandwiches for a picnic lunch from Paillard bakery one day and bought food at the market in the port area another day.

We did a LOT of walking, exploring mostly the walled upper city and the Lower City/port area. We were there for one evening and 2 1/2 days which was enough time to enjoy the city but meant that there is a lot to explore when we go back. We walked back and forth (up and downhill) between the old walled city and the lower city several times each day, and it is really not a difficult walk. There is also an ecolobus that runs between the two and would be a good alternative for anyone with mobility problems or in bad weather.

We visited Centre d'interprétation de Place-Royale and Le Musée de l'Amérique française and recommend both. We left the Musée de la civilisation and the Museum of Fine Arts for the next trip. We tried to visit the interpretive center at the Plains of Abraham but the electricity was off , so we explored outside by ourselves. We also visited the Morrin Centre which I reviewed separately due to a promise to our enthusiastic tour guide, Maxime
http://www.fodors.com/community/canada/morrin-centre-quebec-city.cfm

On our way up from Vermont we drove for a short stretch of the southern bank of the St. Lawrence, and on our way home we took in a few towns along the old Chemin du Roy route on the northern bank. Both areas were interesting and scenic and worth more time than we were able to give them.

All in all a great short trip. We are lucky to live within easy driving distance of this beautiful city and plan to go back for a longer trip including the Charlevoix region soon.

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