Happy 400th Anniversary, Quebec City!

Quebec City is 400 years old! Quebec City was founded by French explorer Samuel de Champlain on July 3, 1608, making it one of the earliest established settlements in North America.

Some of you may know that I adore all things Quebec. The language, the food, the landscape. It’s just a great place. When or if David & I decide to leave France, Quebec is at the top of my list of places I want to live in. It’s a perfect combination of France and North America for me – it has all of the things I love about both.

I studied at Université Laval in Quebec City during the summer of 2003 in a special program for French as a Foreign Language. In fact, it somewhat served as my study abroad even though it was not technically “abroad” and I actually drove there from Flint. My best friend, Bradley, went with me and I mostly remember us just taking random funny photos all over campus and getting lost in the suburbs of Quebec City at midnight after hopping on the wrong bus. And we attended French classes everyday, of course!  Well, I did, at least…

Tunnels connect the various buildings on campus so you don’t have to walk outside in the winter. Or so you can play around with your camera after classes in the summer…

Most of the tunnels have beautiful murals painted on the walls, all done by university students.

On the St. Lawrence, the most recognizable building in Quebec City is the Château Frontenac, which is actually a hotel and not a real castle. It sure is pretty at night though, eh?

There seemed to be a new festival every weekend during the summer, so there was always something to do. And the ramparts around Old Quebec are still standing, so you can walk on top of them around the city. It’s also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Another reason to love Quebec City is the extremely low crime rate. NO murders were reported in 2007. As an American from the 3rd most dangerous city in the US, I find that amazing.

And just FYI, the Fête nationale du Québec, a.k.a. la St-Jean, is June 24 and not July 1st, which is the Fête nationale du Canada. There is a huge difference between the two!

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  • http://www.lindamathieu.com/ Linda

    I love Quebec too. I’ve only been there once but thought it was really lovely.

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com Linda

    I love Quebec too. I’ve only been there once but thought it was really lovely.

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    I have never been to Quebec city but want to some day. Especially since I know now their fête nationale is on my birthday! Maybe that will be a nice birthday trip next year.

  • http://unautrejp.blogspot.com/ Justin

    I have never been to Quebec city but want to some day. Especially since I know now their fête nationale is on my birthday! Maybe that will be a nice birthday trip next year.

  • L

    Last night B and I went to a concert by a music charter high school from Montreal. The kids played really well, but we almost enjoyed the accents more! B says the French Canadian accent should be protected by UNESCO for world pleasure. They said the kids were “grillé comme le bacon” from too much time at the beach! lol

  • L

    Last night B and I went to a concert by a music charter high school from Montreal. The kids played really well, but we almost enjoyed the accents more! B says the French Canadian accent should be protected by UNESCO for world pleasure. They said the kids were “grillé comme le bacon” from too much time at the beach! lol

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