Closing our time in Quebec

I am combining our last 2 days into a single post. A lot of the town was closed, so we used this time to enjoy some peace and quiet and relax before returning to work.  On January 1 we slept in and enjoyed the morning.  We made our way down to the promenade by Château Frontenac and got inline for the toboggan.  Samer was in front and I held on to him.   Clearly, our sled was much heavier than the 2 families next to us and we were the first down the hill and we made it all the way to the end.  It’s very fun.

We had lunch at a place called Chez Boulay, Bistro boréal.  It was very good.   They were only serving the brunch menu, but I had a wonderful steak with a side of poutine.  This was the only poutine I ate on the trip and it was clearly an upscale version of it.    It was a lovely lunch. Afterward, we split a piece of galette des rois from the bakery called Paillard.   It’s a very good frangipane pastry.    Ours had a thin layer of strawberry jam that made it all the more delicious.

We didn’t really do anything else that day.  Sam did some book shopping at one of the few open stores and I took a nap. We had dinner at a bar called Laurentien Buvette Gourmande.   The food was good, but not particularly memorable.  I had a great beer from a brewery called Oshlag.  I really enjoyed it and would love to get my hands on another.  It was this evening that Samer found his new favorite youtube cook, La Petite Belle. She’s a funny youtube chef who teaches a lot of Quebecois recipes.   I don’t speak french and can follow along, so check it out.

On our final day, we spent the morning packing and then went for a coffee at Maelstrøm Saint-Roch. The bakeries were closed, so there was no bread to enjoy. I rather like that commitment to serving fresh bread and pastry.  We have it or we don’t, that’s what we serve.

We had lunch at a place called The Billig.   They serve very good ciders.  I had a great crepe and soup.     Samer did not care for his crepe but loved the french onion soup.  I thought the waiter was a nice guy and he recommended some great ciders. We meandered through the city one last time before it was time to go. We walked through the big city park called The Plains of Abraham and found the entrance to the boardwalk that ends at Chateau Frontenac.   We walked along that, said goodbye to the wonderful city of Quebec and made our way back to the apartment to grab our bags and fly home.

I loved this trip and I love Quebec.   I am noticing that with every birthday my appreciation of relaxation grows.  Quebec was this really nice place to explore something new, relax and not feel like I am missing something.  The people were nice, the food was good, and the city is beautiful.   I completely recommend visiting Quebec and I really want to visit during the warmer months.

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