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Montreal/Quebec City: 24 hrs. to decide!

 
 
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jul, 2013 08:40 pm
@Eva,
http://www.croisieresaml.com/en/plan-your-cruise/quebec/tout/

specifically

http://www.croisieresaml.com/en/plan-your-cruise/montreal/a-discovery-cruise-montreal-quebec-city-without-overnight-stay-1/detail/

check with an agent

I believe you can take the train for about $20 to Montreal ... then take a mini cruise back to Quebec City

The same company has some other lovely packages including

http://www.croisieresaml.com/en/plan-your-cruise/quebec/red-carpet-package-fireworks-1/detail/

(the non-red carpet version is much more affordable but the show will be wonderful in any case)
Eva
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jul, 2013 09:48 pm
@ehBeth,
Really interesting, Beth! What a good idea!
Yes, I'll need to talk to someone about scheduling since we only have four days.

BTW, we sprung for a room with a view at Chateau Frontenac since this is a special anniversary. Very Happy
Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Wed 17 Jul, 2013 11:46 pm
@Eva,
Wow! Chateau Frontenac. That's really going First Class. Been there but could never afford to actually stay there. You'll love it!
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Setanta
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 06:19 am
If he plays his cards right, i think Mr. Eva might just get lucky . . .
Lordyaswas
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 06:30 am
@Setanta,
He'll be quids in if he learns this by heart, as he could then lead the sing song in the local bar.
It'll make him very popular with the locals......honest!

ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 06:37 am
@Eva,
Nice! the Chateau Frontenac should have one of the city's best concierges. Take advantage of the service - have them book a little cruise for you. The four-hour fireworks ones are supposed to be lovely.

My boss went there last autumn on a slightly belated honeymoon. Even in the rain it was a wonderful walking vacation - she's been raving about the meals in Quebec City ever since.
Eva
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 08:52 am
@ehBeth,
I read raves about the concierge service there. Good idea, I'll have them book for us!

Lordy, that song is a favorite of Hubby's. He's been singing it for at least 30 years! I should forward him a link to prepare him! <lol>

The hotel was a bit of a splurge, but I did get a decent discount and it's only for a few nights. Besides, how many times do you get to celebrate a 30th anniversary? I wanted the trip to be memorable.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 09:58 am
@Lordyaswas,
perhaps if they were going to Halifax (which I would recommend if asked for best city in Canada to visit)

wouldn't recommend that tune for anywhere in Quebec where I wasn't a local
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 10:00 am
@Eva,
and seriously, I meant it about scarves.

People in the P de Q are wonderfully stylish.
Eva
 
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Reply Thu 18 Jul, 2013 12:25 pm
@ehBeth,
Good! I love scarves, and I have a ton of them!

I'll look just like a tourist ... running shoes for all the walking -- and scarves! HA!

(And don't worry, Hubby wouldn't sing that song there. We're not "ugly American" tourists.)
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Eva
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 10:03 pm
Well, we're here, and everything is just fabulous!

We told them it was our 30th anniversary, and they gave us a corner room on the top floor at the Chateau Frontenac! We had the city's best view of tonight's fireworks display on the St. Lawrence from the window of our room.

The hotel has recommended excellent restaurants, and we've been stuffing ourselves. Last night there was a free performance by Cirque du Soleil at the amphitheater near us. Tomorrow, after brunch, we're taking a 1.5 hr. river cruise. (Couldn't do the train-to-Montreal-cruise-back-to-QC thing...that is only offered on a few specific dates, and none while we are here.)

Mostly, we're just relaxing, strolling around, soaking up the atmosphere, and enjoying the weather. It has rained every day, but only brief, light showers. Just long enough to duck into a cafe for a drink. Perfect, really. Everything here is just beautiful. I'm so glad we chose Quebec City!
Sturgis
 
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Reply Sat 3 Aug, 2013 10:28 pm
@Eva,
Seems to be fantastic, glad you're having such a grand time! Continue enjoying!

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George
 
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Reply Sun 4 Aug, 2013 02:46 pm
@Eva,
Now you've done it!

We've got to go back to Quebec City and stay at the Frontenac.
I'm glad to hear that you are having such a good time.
Is your cruise on the Louis Jolliet? we took that one and loved it.
The view of the city from the river alone was worth it.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 4 Aug, 2013 02:48 pm
@Eva,
Happy Anniversary!

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Eva
 
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Reply Sun 4 Aug, 2013 03:02 pm
@George,
Yes, it was on the Louis Jolliet. No meal though...this was just a short afternoon cruise up to Montmorency Falls and back. And yes, the view was spectacular!

George, they are planning to redecorate all the rooms here in time for next spring (2014.) I think they're quite nice now, but from the pictures, they will be even better.

We have had great meals here. The only time we had mediocre food was the one time we picked a restaurant ourselves instead of following the concierge's recommendations.
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Eva
 
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Reply Sun 4 Aug, 2013 03:04 pm
Thanks, Sturgis & ehBeth!
JPB
 
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Reply Sun 4 Aug, 2013 03:20 pm
@Eva,
Lovely!

Congrats on 30 years.
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Lustig Andrei
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 05:27 pm
@Eva,
You realize,of course, that we're all waiting for a full and detailed report,Eva, along with pictures, if that's possible.
Eva
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 09:57 pm
@Lustig Andrei,
Oh! No, I didn't realize that! I'm surprised that anyone wants to hear more!

It wasn't a jam-packed, frantic, rush-to-see-as-much-as-you-can trip. It was a lazy, soak-up-the-atmosphere trip. We slept in every day, and rarely left the hotel room before noon. We strolled around, enjoying all the old stone buildings with windowboxes full of flowers. The narrow streets are very old brick, and parking spots are practically nonexistent. The city was built on a tall hill overlooking the St. Lawrence, so you're always walking either uphill or downhill.

You know how in Jamaica, everyone says "No problem"? In Quebec, it's "Perfect!" Vin blanc pour madam? Perfect!
Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 12 Aug, 2013 10:07 pm
@Eva,
Can't say for anybody else; but, I myself would love to hear as much as you can tell us about your trip. Find it quite enjoyable to read of peoples travels.
 

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