I fully expected to see a monument to French explorer Samuel de Champlain while strolling along the Terrasse Dufferin in the heart of Old Quebec. Known as the “Father of New France”, Champlain was the founder of Quebec City, along with several other colonies along the St. Lawrence River.
What I did not expect to see, was an elephant… Salvador Dali’s $3.6 million “Space Elephant” is on exhibit for two-years.
Quebec is the only walled city in North America north of Mexico. The Porte Saint Louis is one of several gates that welcome you to Old Quebec. While is has been rebuilt twice, as recently as 1880, the original gate is from 1694. Once we climbed to the top, we were able to walk along the wall to the next gate at Rue Dauphine.
The wall continues around the old city, and we found the fortified ramparts near the Saint Lawrence River at the Montmorency Historic Site. As we turned from the river view, I captured the steeple of the Seminary of Quebec, founded in 1663, in the background.
Our name was everywhere! A short walk down the street from our quaint hotel in Old Quebec brought beautiful architecture with every step. Our daily breakfast spot was just a few doors down. L’Omelette served a terrific breakfast, and was open all day for that elusive dessert we so needed one evening!
As we strolled down the block, the city’s charm oozed at every corner. We did not opt for the carriage ride, as the lovely day was meant for wandering.
Quebec City, founded as a French colony in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, was selected for its perfect location along the St. Lawrence River. From a ferry ride across that river, the old city’s walls, charm, and vibrance are as beautifully real as the images portray.
The city of Halifax, Nova Scotia was called upon for the grim task of attempting to recover those lost at sea due to the sinking of the Titanic in April 1912. Of the 337 passengers and crew recovered, some were buried at sea, some were shipped home to families, and 150 were buried in three cemeteries in Halifax – Catholic, Jewish, and Protesant. White Star Lines, owner of the Titanic, paid for cemetery plots and simple rectangle markers.
Of the 121 individuals buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery, 42 are unidentified. The only markings on their gravestones were the date and an identifying number used when the the body was recovered. Some names were added over the years, as identities were discovered from notes taken about the victim, clothing, jewelry and personal effects. This meticulous work performed by the people of Halifax to process victims, sadly paid off during the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion five years later.
Did James Cameron know there was a real J. Dawson on the Titanic when he named his character for the movie, Titanic? This man was actually a crew member named Joseph Dawson.
I’ve never been to a major league baseball game. We decided a trip to Wrigley Field would be the perfect spot to start…it’s all about the history. We did a tour of the ball park before the game, and what an interesting place! So much tradition is kept in tact here. Between the tour and the game, I felt like we were at a neighborhood game, not a major league event. It was great fun, especially since the Cubs won 🙂 The term “friendly confines” was coined by Ernie Banks, as it was always good to get home to Wrigley field after a road trip. The Cubs players, staff, and fans make it a friendly place too, confined in a classic Chicago neighborhood.
The median along Michigan Avenue is spruced up with great color…the entire downtown was the same, with flowers and plants everywhere. Chicago makes the most of the summer months, knowing what what’s in store during winter!