The Frontenac, a huge hotel, dominates the old city of Quebec. It was handy to look up wherever we were and use it to get our bearings. We stayed two nights in a small hotel, Manoir Terrasse, catecorner to it in the old city, and parked our car a few blocks away. Our room faced the St. Lawrence giving us a great view of a huge fireworks display Saturday night, and let in the sounds of light rain and the clip clop of horses. Nearby we took the funiculaire down to a lower level of the city that sits right on the docks. Many magnificent old stone buildings and new fun public spaces with fountains and statues. I love the promenade that goes from the deck of the Frontenac up a gazillion stairs and bridges and puts you out on the Plains of Abraham. You'll remember that the song Acadian Driftwood references a battle that took place on the Plains of Abraham, the results of which led to the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia. I always thought "Abraham" was a biblical reference, but no, a guy named Abraham Martin pastured his livestock there in the 1600's and the name stuck. He rented the land from the Ursulines, who got to Quebec in 1639, the first nuns to land in the new world.
We had some good meals there but nothing better than this bowl of cafe au lait to start the day.
On the way home we stopped in St. George to shop at an amazing grocery store marked by a large windmill. It was like a small French Whole Foods, with deli cases and a bakery and spices and every kind of delicious thing. We got lunch there and ate on one of the beautiful pedestrian bridges on the Chaudiere River with a linear sculpture garden on one side and a bike path on the other.
While I was off on a fun weekend, Baton Rouge was experiencing an historic flood. The weather pattern that produced that much rainfall in such a short time was like a hurricane without the winds, a rotating thing that scooped up water from the Gulf and dropped in a concentrated area. My sister Claudia's house flooded for the first time ever, and those whose houses didn't flood were trapped where they were because roads were submerged. All I could do was follow the posts and the photos.