This past weekend I went on the trip up to Quebec city. It was an incredible and diverse experience. I don't think that I've ever had the opportunity to participate in so many new experiences at once before. We had a comfortable bus ride up to Quebec on Friday morning and checked into our hotel.
The hotel was inside the walls of the old city. The old city was built on a hill with defensible walls. It reminded me very much of Montreal's old city, with stone buildings and tight winding streets.
The old city
Immediately, it was very clear that we were further north; Quebec city was noticeably colder than Montreal.
You know it's cold when the signs are made out of ice
The hotel was quite nice and our experience was complemented by a beautiful view from our window of the old city.
Château Frontenac from our window
Our first exciting experience took place at a local bistro. The restaurant's diverse selection of pizza's set it apart from others that I have been to. With an adventurous spirit I ordered their Cajun alligator pizza. It had a unique flavor and was very interesting; I'm glad I tried it.
Alligator Pizza. . . .Yum!
Saturday began with a trip to the ice hotel. The Hôtel de Glace is literally constructed completely out of ice.
Inside the ice hotel
The furniture is also ice. Each room in the hotel has standard accommodations; beds, chairs, and nightstands (in ice of course). The hotel had an ice bar where patrons could order drinks served in ice cups.
Enjoying the comfort of an ice chair
High fiving an ice bear!
Later we visited the Quebec Winter Carnival. There were tons of activities for all of the visitors excited to be out celebrating in the cold weather. We all grouped up at one point to ride a giant raft down a snowy hill. In the cold air it was exhilarating.
Ice castle at the carnaval
On Sunday, we visited the Château Frontenac. It is a historic hotel and cultural center in the Quebec old city. We were given a private tour by a guide dressed in early 20th century attire. By the end of the day, we were all exhausted from our weekend of adventure. I will always remember my exciting visit to Quebec City and I hope to return in the future.