I just made a trip to Quebec city and must say it's one of the most beautiful cities I have ever seen. I don’t know of anyone who’s been to Quebec City who hasn’t loved the place. It’s got a 400 year history set against the backdrop of a walled city filled with narrow, winding cobbled streets. The place oozes history and charm in a manner reminiscent of old European cities.
Some interesting facts about Quebec city: * Jacques Cartier, a French explorer landed here in 1535. It wasn’t until 1608 when Samuel de Champlain arrived that a permanent wooden fort and fur trading post were set up.
* Quebec City – not Montreal – is the capital of the province of Quebec.
* The word “Kebec” is an Algonquin word meaning Where The River Narrows.
* Quebec City’s 400th anniversary was celebrated in 2008. It’s the oldest French speaking community in North America.
* Quebec City is the only walled city north of Mexico. It has 4.6 kilometers of walls.
* The massive Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel dominates Quebec City’s skyline from the top of Cap-Diamant. The hotel was designed by architect Bruce Price as one of a series of chateay-style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company. The railway company sought to encourage luxury tourism and bring wealthy travelers to its trains. Today the Chateau Frontenac is the world’s most photographed hotel.
* Along the edge of the cliff in front of the Chateau Frontenac Hotel, the Dufferin Terrace walkway offers picturesque views of the Saint Lawrence River.
* Quebec City’s Haute-Ville (Upper Town) is linked to the Basse-Ville (Lower Town) by your choice of the Escalier (“neck-breaking” steps) or the Old Quebec Funicular, a 210-ft funicular railway that first opened on November 17, 1879
* Quebec City was the meeting place for two major World War II conferences focused on D-Day landing plans
* And not to forget more than 95% of Quebec residents speak French
What an awesome evening in #newyorkcity at this exhibit at @sepia_eye by Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh "Delhi: Communities of Belonging" that chronicles contemporary LGBTQ life in Delhi. Wine, cheese and gorgeous poignant photography .. what else do you need for a perfectly rainy New York City evening anyway? ❤️