Weekend trip to Quebec City: Part 3

View part 1 of our trip (Carnival), and part 2 (more scenic photos).

Ah the final instalment of our weekend getaway to Quebec City.  It was nice to break up the winter like we did, and it was such a much needed vacation. With only an hour away on the air plane ride, I think we might end up going back!

The first time I saw this miniature electric bus, I think I pointed and laughed. It was like seeing a smart car for the first time, except it was a smart bus! They’re unbelievably tiny. Quebec-City-0015

See the size of the bus, below? :)Quebec-City-0016

Nightime views in Quebec’s downtown core.Quebec-City-0017

All smiles!Quebec-City-0018

Boyfriend making me pose for photos. Me? Not mindin’ at all. Let’s shoot a cannon!Quebec-City-0019

Tons of different Bonhomme’s from all the previous Carnivals.Quebec-City-0020

Chocolate store. The best place ever invented.Quebec-City-0021

Talented pained murals. Quebec-City-0022

Seeing a huge trend here with myself. In Dublin I took about 13,067 photos of doors. I also did the same on this trip. Quebec-City-0023

Shopping area.Quebec-City-0024

Same street, but at night. :) Quebec-City-0033

Hotel Frontenac at night.Quebec-City-0025

Longchamp from Paris. Only appropriate. Quebec-City-0026

Lovely lights.Quebec-City-0027

Adorable store front. Quebec-City-0028

Chilly evenings exploring the city.Quebec-City-0029

More street views. Quebec-City-0030

Our hotel! Bonjour Hotel Champlain! We were on the top (5th) floor.Quebec-City-0031

A man and his pups.Quebec-City-0032

Loved the Hotel Frontenac. Quebec-City-0034

One of the streets we explored. Quebec-City-0035

Lake view.Quebec-City-0036

Ah! ha ha ha… ah ha! Little bus. Quebec-City-0037

And to finish it off, I did a bit of shopping! Here’s my souvenirs. Quebec Carnival mug, sheep skin gloves, and two pairs of $5 sunnies. Quebec-souviners

Shopping at Simons. Tried on this yellow jacket, debated buying it until I spotted the navy one shown next. Shopping-in-Quebec

Bam! Bought. Shopping-in-Quebec-002

Serious faces reserved for serious shoppers. Shopping-in-Quebec-003

And that’s a wrap! Our trip to Quebec City in 3 long photo posts. Hope you enjoyed!

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Weekend trip to Quebec City: Part 2

Ah bonjour! Part deux of our weekend trip to fantastic Quebec City! We stayed at a small hotel, which was just perfect. Below is photos I snapped on our first day at Hotel Champlain.

We explored the city each night. Couldn’t get over how much it reminded me of Dublin. My Sister-In-Law is from there, you know (Dublin). I’ve been a few times! Random.Old-Quebec-City

Pub St. Patrick, on the street below our hotel.Old-Quebec-City-003

It was blistering cold this night with the snow blowing sideways at our faces. You can sort of see the snow blowing in the sky underneath that building’s lamp. Old-Quebec-City-002

Told ya I was bundled up the entire trip!Quebec-City

Standing next to the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Old-Quebec-City-005

European street views.Old-Quebec-City-004

I did a lot of running on this trip. Running to stay warm. Here I am getting a brisk walk in, which was slowly turning into a jog. Quebec-City-002

Uh! There’s a smile! Must’ve been the first day when I didn’t realize I would freeze my toosh off the entire time ;) Quebec-City-004

 What? You don’t do jumping jacks to stay warm? What’s so odd? :) Quebec-City-005

Carefully walking up the street. Slipped a few times. Wearing appropriate footwear during the Winter in Quebec is a must.Quebec-City-003

Little shops.Quebec-City-007

Couldn’t sit on this to watch a bit of tele! What a sweet ice chair, hey?Quebec-City-006

Beautiful shopping area in the downtown core. Quebec-City-008

Some side street near our hotel.Quebec-City-0010

I found a tunnel!Quebec-City-009

Hotel Frontenac, you can be seen everywhere! What do you think people would’ve thought in the 1800’s when they saw this magnificent building? Quebec-City-0011

Postcard worthy…Quebec-City-0012

Au revoir! Until next time Bonhomme! Stay tuned for my final Quebec City re-cap.Quebec-City-0013

View part one of our Quebec City trip.

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Weekend trip to Quebec City: Part 1

I’m going to split our Quebec City weekend trip into a few posts. Only because I have narrowed the photos down to 61 photos in total. But I think posting all those into one single blog post would get a little out of hand and probably boring for those of you reading.

These photos are going to be out of order. I’ve sorted them by activity. Today’s blog post is going to be all about the Quebec City Carnival. :)

Quebec-Carnaval-004The very first photo of the weekend! The boyfriend and I walking around exploring Quebec City.Quebec-Carnaval-0010Bonhomme program for the weekend. All in French, as it would be.

Quebec-CarnavalThe carnival was a great spot for kids. I spent a lot of the time creepin’ the kid’s stage as it wasn’t much talking, but more dancing and fun activities to enjoy. One, being a tug-of-war event. I didn’t realize what the people in train conductor costumes were asking me to do (French speaking), but what I figured out was that it was a female vs male in the tug-of-war. The ladies and girls won one round. Hooray!

Quebec-Carnaval-002Waiting for the tug-of-war to star. Can you spot me? lolQuebec-Carnaval-007Boyfriend had a go at the tug-of-war as well. The men were right into it, and most definitely cheered when they won that round. Hilarious.

Quebec-Carnaval-003I bundled up like this for the duration of our three day trip. 6 layers on top, 3 on bottom, scarf around my face the entire trip.   Quebec-Carnaval-005Here I am checking out Bonhomme’s (that snowman shown below) Ice Home. Where he spends the rest of his winter’s stay ;) Quebec-Carnaval-006Bonhomme saying his farewells until next year’s carnival! At the beginning of the trip we were kind of freaked out by Bonhomme. But towards the end of our three day stay we were obsessed with him, and racing to get our photos taken with him. Hahaha.. Quebec-Carnaval-008These identical twin sisters performed an act in these inflatable balloons. Thoroughly enjoyed watching that a few times throughout the three days. Quebec-Carnaval-009Horse Derby was another main attraction, and quite scary to watch for the first time! I thought the men in those steel chairs were going to fly right off their seats with the horses racing around corners and doing 180’s.

Quebec-Carnaval-0011The downtown core of the city was full of ice sculptures and really talented artists made larger than life sized snow sculptures at the Carnival’s entrance.

Quebec-Carnaval-0012Another shot of the Bonhomme “ice hotel”. Look how HUGE it was! Impressive right?

Quebec-Carnaval-0013There was an area at the Carnival where they served (expensive) alcohol in these mini glasses. So cute.

Quebec-Carnaval-0014Another shot of the clear glass-like ice home.

Quebec-Carnaval-0015 Throughout the downtown area there were a bunch of ice sculptures as well. This outdoor patio of a bar had an ice bar with built in bailey’s booze froze right into it.

That’s a wrap, for the first post! Stay tuned for two more posts of our Quebec City Winter Carnival trip :)

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