Adventures in Quebec

Bonjour!

Recently, I took a trip to the magnificent Quebec City. You may or may not remember my having mentioned it in posts from earlier on. Needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled to be going. I was with a group of nearly 70 young people on a missions trip, in which we sang in both English and French, reached out to the community, and assisted the local missionaries in any way possible, but we also were able to do some exploring of our own!

Spending time in Quebec City has been a dream of mine for several years, so last month a dream came true!

There’s something utterly captivating and enrapturing about Quebec City, which is entirely immersed in French culture. When you’re walking in Old Town Quebec, you can’t help but feel as if you’ve stepped entirely out of place and time to a small French Villa some many years ago, where most people will smile and offer a “Bonjour!” in passing by on cobblestone streets, above which loom light posts with hanging, colorful flower baskets. The sounds of horses hooves is not unfamiliar due to the carriages that still roam the city, now carrying tourists rather than locals. You need only glance around, it doesn’t matter which direction, and you will no doubt see some sort of beautiful architecture, whether it be a stone catholic church long closed but still standing, a statue or a fountain, a gate to the wall that still surrounds the city or even the Chateau Frontenac itself.

Quebec is no ordinary place, nor does it have an ordinary feel. In many ways, though indescribable, Quebec City feels like home. Perhaps it’s just that way for me because I have, over the years, developed such an adoration for this place that I had never been to, or perhaps that is the magic of the city, and no one is exempt. When I was finally able to explore it for myself, my fascination and love only grew. As the capital of the province of Quebec, you could expect it to be crowded and busy, but instead it is leisurely and calming, and rather than skyscrapers and concrete, it boasts stone castles and cobblestone, with lush, green grass never far away. It is purely poetic.

Although I have tried to paint a picture with my words, I thought I would be fair and offer you actual pictures as well. You’ll see some local art that I purchased in the Art Alley (An alley lined with art created and sold by local artists). Hanging in front of each painting is a picture of me at the place depicted. Keep in mind, none of these are postcards. They are all pictures that I either took myself or had taken of me. As is obvious, I put words on a couple of them. This was done with one of my favorite apps: “Spark Post.”  I apologize in advance for any poor quality due to the lighting in my room.

 

 

 

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Wanderlust

Happy Monday, once again!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”                           – St. Augustine

I simply adore this quote. It incorporates two loves of my life: books and traveling. I have such a longing to explore, so I thought I would share my wanderlust list with you.

1. QUEBEC CITY

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Such beauty! I am in love with this stunning city… and I’ve never even been there. It is said to be the most European city in North America and is the continent’s center of French civilization. This is exciting to me, because I love French and am now in the process of learning it. 🙂 I hope to plan a trip there very soon.

2. ENGLAND

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I’ve been longing to go to England for many years. I can’t say when it captured my heart, but it did and I won’t be satisfied until I’ve roamed the streets of London and explored the English countryside. Let’s not forget that it is the home of Jane Austen and her lovely characters. Mr. Knightley wandered those streets! Or… he would have… if he wasn’t fictional. I am thrilled at the prospect of seeing all the places our Miss Austen spoke of in her novels. What an inviting adventure!

3. PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

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Prince Edward Island is the delightful setting of Anne of Green Gables! The books paint such a sweet picture, and no doubt it is every inch that it is made out to be. So lovely.

4. PARIS

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What girl does not dream of going to Paris? While it is not quite as high on my list as London, I still hope to travel there someday and see the Eiffel Tower in all it’s glory. Aussi, J’aime manger (also, I love to eat)… So I will do my fair share of taste-testing.

5. IRELAND

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I’ve heard that Ireland is particularly green and highly fascinating! My ancestors on my dad’s side of the family came over from Ireland as indentured servants in the 18th century. Thus, the last name “Dulaney”.

6. Australia

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I don’t know what it is about Australia that most grabs my attention. Maybe it’s the outback, or maybe it’s the Sydney Opera House… Maybe even the attractive accents. 🙂 In any case, I would be more than happy to pack up and go to Australia.

This concludes the most prominent destinations on my list! There are so many other places that I would love to visit, but discussing them all would take quite some time, so we must be satisfied with this for now.

I would love to see your “places to go” list! Please comment and share it with me. 🙂