Thursday, September 02, 2010

We are back -- Did I find Green Grasshopper and Mr. Tin Man?

Views from our Quebec City, Canada, B&B bedroom (balcony)

We got in just after noon. We got our rental car, a 2010 Nissan Sentra with only 4812 Km on the speedo, and headed for our first night's stay.

We drove right through to our place. Afternoon traffic into the old city was mean. We parked right in front of the B&B Chez Marie-Claire on 62 rue Ste-Ursule Québec, Qc G1R 4E6.

I rang the doorbell and this young lady, , from Belgium met us. She carried our two heaviest suitcases (the other two were carry-ons) up the two flights of stairs. On the first floor we passed the opened parlor room complete with piano. We didn't have time to relax here at all.

Quebec City has the old walled city to the north and a modern older city outside the wall to the south.
And then there is a modern newer city further outside that comes with urban and suburban sprawl. Except for the signs being in French (and a sprinkling of English for the tourists) you would think you were in most any modern U.S. city.
The picture above is also taken from our balcony. To the right you can see it goes down abruptly to St. Jean (pronounced St. John) Street and beyond. We walked up that hill later, around midnight. There was also a funicular ride but we would take another day.

Since we hadn't eaten except for Diet Cokes, cookies, and pretzels on the planes we opted for an early supper.

This was at the Crazy Pig Restaurant (
Le Cochon Dingue) in the lower level of the old city, down near the harbor. There was a half hour wait for an outside table so we took a 'no wait' table inside.

I was tempted to have mussels (moules) here as they looked very tempting. But Mrs. Jim has learned to cook these very well at home. Why here then?

Both of us ended up with a half rack of ribs. They were roasted in some sort of maple sugary sauce and were delicious. Each of had six ribs on our serving and then other vegetables. We were too full for desert.

The French fried sweet potato slices were wonderful and the salad (on the plate??) was fine too. Click on the picture to make it larger and again or on the little dingy bat in the lower left, whichever you have, to make it extra large.

We walked a lot and later that evening we went over to the harbor to see a 'Canadian history' movie that was free. The movie was projected onto a row of silos across the water. The animation for the movie was just wonderful. I am sorry but somehow I forgot to take pictures.

We didn't have desert and no, we still didn't have room later for any of the delicious looking gelato.

We walked a lot that evening and I do have a few pictures for a later date. Our walk home was long, especially since we had to climb the hill that they call a 'mountain.'

Below are a couple of not-so-good pictures of the parlor in our B&B that we didn't use.

From the left, the funicular, typical down-below street walk near our restaurant (beneath the boutique Louis Jolliet souvenirs sign is the funicular entrance), and on the right, halfway down on top of the old city wall where they had built a walkway. Below and beyond the walkway is the old wall and remnants from the old, old, city.
The funicular runs from the bottom of the bluff, although you can go lower still, to the top of the wall.

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Oh yes, Mr. Green Grasshopper?

Well, I did find him. And since I'm back here in Texas, obviously I didn't make a fortune selling him for scrap metal.

But I have a dental appointment and so I will have to tell you about that part about getting rid of him later.

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How fun. You two are a very handsome couple. Just saying.

Your dinner looked really good too. I do love baby back ribs. Yummy.

Have a terrific day. Get some rest. Big hug. :)
Hi Jim its nice to see you got back safely. Thanks for showing us the pictures, I see you managed to find some nice food, I think you have a nose for good food!
Man, I'm hungry all of a sudden. Lovely photos. How'd you get such a pretty wife, anyway? It must have been the Mustang.
Sandee: Mrs. Jim makes us look handsome. I look like both my mom and my dad when they got old. Mrs. Jim holds her age better, real good in fact.

Rob and Doug: We ate really good on this holiday as breakfast and supper came with our Montreal lodging.

Doug: I had a Ford Thunderbird when I met Mrs. Jim. Her boyfriend at the time had a Mercedes. She likes nice cars.
Mrs. Jim is quite lovely. Who's that old guy geezer next to her? ;)

Your B&B looked lovely. The city tour was fun. And, you've made me hungry!
Great Pics my friend!!!

Glad you took us along virtually

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