Quebec City, founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, sits on the St. Lawrence River and its "old town" is well worth
the trip. This is the view from one of the bastions of the Citadelle overlooking
the Chateau Frontenac and the boardwalk in Vieux-Quebec.
It isn't really, but it surely does look like one. It is actually a Fairmount Hotel but it looks like it is transplanted
from Bavaria. Quite a dominant feature on the shore of the Saint Lawrence River.
On a very cold and rainy day, there are not too many people out but we enjoyed the stroll. Lots of wonderful
shops and sidewalk cafes all just waiting to take your money.
Here are two beautiful examples of building decorations. They are so realistic. It is difficult to show how really
bright and intricate they are - the sun really didn't want to put in an appearance.
This one is really unique. The entire end of the building is flat and has been
painted to show what is inside. Even the shingles and the bricks are painted on
to match the actual ones on the front of the building.
This is the regimental band that plays for the changing of the guard at the Citadelle.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
The guard is changed every day at 10:00 AM. This is quite an elaborate ceremony that takes
about 1/2 hour to complete. It doesn't compare to the one in London but it was fun to watch.
What is a regiment without a mascot? Many years ago the King of England started a tradition by
giving all of his regiments a goat for a mascot. This regiment has continued the tradition and the
goat attends all of the changing of the guard ceremonies.