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old quebec city: part one

The crowds had all dissipated, the warmly bundled children all tucked away, as we made our way through the snowy streets. We’re warmly bundled, tucked away in our scarves and coats, on our way back to our hotel after a late dinner at the highly recommended Cochon Dingue. Two things we like to do often and do very well: travel and eat. Here, we’re surrounded by history, it’s in the stone wall buildings, the cobbled streets. You could tell me I was in some European town and I would believe you. There are buttery croissants and warm goat cheese salads, steaming cappuccinos and a pint or two of beer and hopefully some bubbly, for an early birthday celebration.

Coming to Quebec City, it’s as though we’ve been transported not only to another country, but back a month, to Christmas, with all their festive wreaths and trees and lights…make that Christmastime some 400 years ago. And I have never seen so much snow before. I have a new appreciation for Canada. I recognize names from school text books and I have a new appreciation for grade eight social studies, and yes I wish I had paid more attention in class. Our visit here coincides with the opening of Carnaval de Quebec, their annual winter celebration and we embraced it by taking a horse drawn sleigh ride, something I’ve always wanted to do.

The sun is shining through our window that looks out at the Chateau Frontenac, and we’re about to set out exploring again…avant la prochaine fois :)

We quickly realized that Shane would need some winter boots…

Thank you April and Jamie, friends who recommended this place!

To the right, Shane’s attempt at ‘where’s waldo’…

Classic timer shot ;)

  • jasmine* - January 30, 2012 - 9:03 am

    ooooh, so much fun! love it!ReplyCancel

  • kelsey loewen - January 30, 2012 - 9:06 am

    Oh, Canada! The pictures are beautiful. Now I have to go to Quebec!ReplyCancel

  • Kasey Loftin - January 30, 2012 - 9:09 am

    Love this whole post, but the last one is my favorite. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Risa (Mom) - January 30, 2012 - 9:13 am

    So so so pretty! I can tell you love it, because you usually don’t treat us to so many photos. Thank you for that! I hope you’re both staying warm! ♥ReplyCancel

  • Karina - January 30, 2012 - 9:26 am

    Ha, I love the ‘Where is Waldo’ shot! Classic. Looks like funReplyCancel

  • emily - January 30, 2012 - 9:36 am

    Love every picture! Wow, Quebec looks AMAZING… I want to go so badly now. Glad you guys are enjoying it!ReplyCancel

  • Susana Cristina - January 30, 2012 - 9:44 am

    I am so glad you guys are enjoying Quebec!! Enjoy the goodies and stay warm!!ReplyCancel

  • robyn - January 30, 2012 - 10:31 am

    Gorgeous! And now I’m daydreaming about taking a family trip to Quebec!ReplyCancel

  • alanna - January 30, 2012 - 11:43 am

    Robyn – I had the exact same thought! A family trip to Quebec :) Mikaela, these pictures are so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Alyssa Schroeder - January 30, 2012 - 12:47 pm

    I’ve always wanted to visit Quebec. I love their sweet little streets. How awesome to go back to Christmastime in January :) Look forward to more photos!ReplyCancel

  • Rosanna - January 30, 2012 - 1:18 pm

    I offically need to add this to my travel list. J’adore.ReplyCancel

  • Bonny - January 30, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    Love love love this. So glad you’re enjoying yourself!
    xoxoReplyCancel

  • Adriana Morett - January 30, 2012 - 1:43 pm

    OMG you two are so gorgeous! and the photos are simply wonderful…ReplyCancel

  • Julie - January 30, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    These are BEAUTIFUL! I love how you’ve captured all the details of the city–the colors, the snow, the shops, the buildings, the food…enjoy every moment!ReplyCancel

  • Meredith Sledge - January 30, 2012 - 3:01 pm

    I wanna go there so badly now!!!! I’m going to try to convince my parents for my senior trip. SOOOO, so wonderful. Love these pictures! I think my favorite is the one of you holding the cup. :)ReplyCancel

  • robyn thompson - January 30, 2012 - 3:59 pm

    indeed, you two travel well!
    this looks wonderful! enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia - January 30, 2012 - 4:01 pm

    Wathing your pictures was like turning pages of a fairytale book. So beautiful, I always wanted to go but now I just must! Thank you for sharing xxxReplyCancel

  • lyndsay london - January 30, 2012 - 7:21 pm

    Beautiful shots, Mikaela! Looks like a great getaway so far!ReplyCancel

  • colleen - January 30, 2012 - 7:43 pm

    such stunning architecture….amazing doors!…O’Canada!ReplyCancel

  • Falcon - January 31, 2012 - 4:40 am

    I really love these shots! You honestly make Winter look so appealing haha. The last shot is my favorite–absolutely stunning.ReplyCancel

  • jamie - January 31, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    you have no idea how much i love quebec. do you see how easy it was for me to spend three weeks there this past november? some of the favourite weeks of my life.

    glad you are experiencing it too!ReplyCancel

  • leolak - January 31, 2012 - 9:21 pm

    Wow…gorgeous!! Adding this to my travel list for sure! Have a great time!ReplyCancel

  • KarenE - January 31, 2012 - 9:36 pm

    Visited when I was in Gr.8(class trip) and again when I was 20. J’adore vieux-Québec! Have contemplated many times getting married there (I am from Edmonton)but seemed to have forgotten that dream since being engaged. Thank you for the great pictures, I think my love for the small quaint town has been rekindled.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney Lane Arnett - February 1, 2012 - 1:13 pm

    Awesome shots. Been ages since I was in QuebecReplyCancel

  • Antonia Chick - February 1, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    Mikaela, Quebec looks absolutely beautiful….adding to my list of ‘must see places’ as we speak….Love your pictures too!ReplyCancel

  • Corinna - February 1, 2012 - 4:04 pm

    How on EARTH do you manage to look SO stylish in such cold weather?! You make it look as sexy as a bikini! I remember traveling Vienna in the snowy winter, wearing my SNOW PANTS over my jeans, and Andrew saying it wasn’t the best look for me and my bum… but at least I was warm :) ha!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - February 10, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    Quebec is beautiful… I have always wanted to go… Your hotel is beautiful too where did you guys stay?ReplyCancel

  • Katie Jones - February 26, 2012 - 8:49 am

    Quebec looks like such a pretty place and your photos of it are stunning. Do you mind me asking, what lens did you use? And do you shoot wide open most of the time?ReplyCancel

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