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Trip Report What a Great Trip! Thanks for all your help.

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My husband and I recently returned from a two-week road trip to Quebec and it exceeded our expectations in every way. First stop was Quebec City for 3 nights and we fell in love with the place immediately. Stayed at Chez Marie Claire-a gite, or B&B with a large room, wonderful breakfast and free parking at a perfect location for walking everywhere and getting out of town easily too. We went to the changing of the guard at the Citadel and then took the tour which was very interesting and with lovely views of the St. Laurent. Went to the Museum of Civilization which was fascinating in every way-very high tech and beautiful and also to the Museum of Art with a special show on women artists from Mexico and USA-also very interesting and a good place to walk to and walk about nearby. We did a lot of walking in three days and this is the place for it-a surprise around every corner. We also did a lot of good eating-first lunch at a Crepe restaurant on St. Jean, then an excellent dinner at Pain Beni. The next day we had an elegant, inventive and delicious late lunch at Panache and just a snack for dinner before going to Cirque du Soleil that evening. You can go to the Cirque -which is fantastic, a full one and a half hours of showmanship and unbelievable feats-for FREE-or do as we did and buy a seat for $18. We were glad to have the seat, but those standing were having a great time too. Our last night's dinner was at Le Continental. It is a favorite on Trip Advisor and I guess it was as advertised an old fashioned typical French restaurant. We enjoyed our meal, but were not impressed. We did go for the fixed price dinner, maybe the more expensive meals are the winners, but my husband had one of his favorites duck flambe and it was prepared with all the flourishes, but just wasn't fabulous. We spent the evening walking around the Frontenac area watching the street entertainers enjoying the views and loving Quebec City. I am sorry it took us so long to get here, but so glad we finally made it!!

We left for the "environs" after breakfast the next morning. We spent the morning touring about Ile de Orleans, stopped to pick strawberries and eat a bunch in the process, and ended up at the Chocolate store for soft ice cream dipped in scandalous dark chocolate before going back across the bridge where we got a view of the Montmorency Falls. Decided to pass on visiting them and went to Ste. Anne Canyon instead. Had a fun time walking across the falls on the little bridges and enjoying the close up views. The rain waited until we left the canyon but came down heavy as we drove to La Malbaie so we didn't stop at Baie St-Paul but pushed on to our Auberge Fleurs de Lune. What a delightful place! We had heard some negative reports of La Malbaie in QC and saw what they meant as we drove through the main district, but our Auberge is beyond town in the Cap-a-l'Aigle area which is rural and lovely. Our room was elegantly decorated with a balcony and a view of the river, but it was a bit small for 3 nights so we moved upstairs the next day to a larger room with an even more expansive view.

There is lots more, but I have to take a break..................be back soon.

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