Alright, so I’m a tad bit behind on blog updates (that’s an understatement!). To celebrate the hot weather outside, I should probably clean up and publish these Quebec City blog post drafts. Not surprisingly, I usually wish for summers in the winter and winters in the summer, so perhaps the timing isn’t so bad after all.
Here’s the thing – I might change my tune someday, but right now I love visiting snowy winter destinations. They make me feel more in the holiday spirit (although I wouldn’t necessarily turn down a Caribbean island after the holidays). 🙂 Seriously, look at this picture of Old Quebec and Petit Champlain; it screams December! (And hot chocolate and scarves and wool sweaters and warm baked goods).
Quebec City was lovely. I was a little afraid of the cold; believe me, it was cold. Still, there were a ton of fun things to do. Make sure to pack warm gloves! Since our hotel was in Old Quebec, we made sure to visit Petit Champlain and walk along the Terrasse Dufferin every day. There was also a German-themed Christmas village right down the road with cute snow capped food stalls and clothing/jewelry shops. If Christmas markets are your thing and one isn’t enough, there was also a market we visited during the day at the Marché du Vieux-Port de Québec in the Old Port. The Old Port Market, which was indoors and much warmer, had more in terms of food variety – mushrooms, ice wines, candies, cheeses and maple. And oh, the maple! Maple goodness everywhere.
One of my favorite treks in Quebec City was J.A. Moisan, the oldest grocery store in North America. This photo does not do the space justice – there were shelves and shelves of local jams, honeys, and maple syrups. They had stacks of teas, chocolates, candies, hot sauces, cheeses, and spices. I took a hour to study the shelves and I wanted to bring home everything. Luckily, the airline liquid limits helped to temper my shopping spree. Still, if you love grocery stores and looking through new and interesting products (seabuckthorn jam anybody?!, I definitely recommend a stop here. We went early in the morning, just after opening, and had the place to ourselves for most of our time.
After visiting the grocery store, we spent time window shopping through the Saint Roch area. There were cafes to duck into when we needed recovery from the winter.