Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Quebec

Quebec city is the only walled city on the continent. This is the most beautiful city that I have ever seen. There are so many historical landmarks which makes this one of the most prominenet world heritage sites.

Hotel Chateau: This is the world's most photographed hotel! It had amazing wood work inside.
This city has preserved every single old buildings ranging from the the 17th and 18th century. The rule there is that the buildings can be renovated from inside but the exterior must not change.
This was one of the paintings in the Place Royale, which is the birthplace of French civilization in North America. This painting represents the complete picture of Quebec. It is painted three-dimensional, contains the four main seasons view, contains the portrait of every single important man in the history of Quebec.
This wall was kinda wavy, and just to avoid the expense of rebuilding it at that time, but it worled for the best. That factor makes this painting so much more realistic.
The city of Quebec is so historic that graffitis are not allowed anywhere else in the town. Therefore, the government of Quebec has allowed this small area for the students to practise all sorts of arts. I found this really spectacular. It is some real nice work.

On the route to Montmorency Falls there were several different smaller falls. It makes the view very pleasant.
This is Ship Marie 2 with a capacity of 4000-7000 people. It comes once every month to every port. Luckily it was on shore, the day we went.

5 Comments:

Blogger Prabhu Singh said...

Nice pictures!
I've never been to Quebec. Actually I've only been to Canada twice and both visits were for just a few hours. My first visit to Canada was in 1999, becuase I'd never left the US in my life (I was 19 at the time) and I was in New York (the farthest North and farthest East I'd ever been) I wanted to cross into Canada, we went to Kingston. We saw a few things, the street lights and signs were different. I noticed that the movie 'South Park' was playing in one of the theaters. I was joking with my brother and my friend that we should go watch that movie and when they get to the part where they sing the song "Blame Canada" we should stand up with our hands on our hearts like patriotic Americans :-) I still think it would have been kind of funny.
My second time, I was visiting my aunt also in 1999 in Michigan. Again just to cross the border we went to Windsor, near Detroit. There wasn't much there except a casino. Though my most memorable experience was being stopped at the border for a "random search."
We were the only white people that had been stopped for a "random search" and clearly it was because of our turbans. They made us park the car and go into some building and talk to officials. They really harrassed us. They wouldn't even let me use the bathroom. They had signs all over the place that said "Ask about the Can-pass" which was a fast way, I guess, for Americans to get into Canada. When I found the bathroom locked I asked for the can pass, and they didn't get it (the joke or the key).
Anyway I was really turned off by that experience. The Canadian government should pay you for making people interested in that part of Canada again, after their officials caused such annoyance.
Thanks again for the pictures.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005 7:21:00 PM  
Anonymous SS said...

Agreed - excellent pics. Much appreciated.

On Prabhu Singh's "experience" I can only concur with him. As someone that has been to Canada loads of times visiting friends/family; it was a rare occassion when I did not get grilled like a bit of welsh rarebit.And it is always done in the most public and humilating manner without any decency or recognization that the person they are talking to is another human being.

I have even been driven from Ontario to Chicago to catch a flight from O'Hare to San Diego and the American immigration gave me no hassle but upon my return to Canada via the same route; I was ripped into by the Canadian officials. Who in my experience are always beefed up to intimidate the travellers. In fact their raison d'etre seems to be intimidation.

I haven't been back to the US since 2001 so I don't know what the situation is like now (and apart from a small incident at Newark when I was asked to remove both my kara - which I wouldn't and couldnt) - but it's always been much pleasant (well as pleasant as these things can be) than my Canadian experience.

Which is a shame as apart from that I quite like Canada and the Canucks ;-)

And now I have to add Quebec to my future itinerary - it looks great.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 6:28:00 AM  
Blogger Sikhi Seeker said...

Oh, that makes me sad:( Why do these officials have to act like such (pardon me) jerks!! Canada is such a wonderful country and I hate to read whenever someone has unpleasant memories of this place. I really hope your next visits are better :)

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger ਿੲਕ ਿਸੰਘ said...

SS, nice pics! so will the island sink if there're more than two people on it?

hey prabhu, do you see the fall colors? much better than your NM aint it? :p~ Ha-Huh! :)

i'll put up some more pics of the foliage later...

but on canada exp. i never had that much trouble going in and out of canada (going from buffalo, ny).

in 2003 one of my friends (29) died in toronto of cancer and all of us (his mates in school or otherwise known as Uni) left for his funeral. so here i was traveling with 3 guys born in pakistan and NOT US citizens except for me and looking very much like the people who bombed NYC. they stopped us everytime (entering canada by the US police!!!) and back by the canadian immigration...each time they were very apologetic. especially the americans! i love NY! and NY-ers! the best people in the world! i went there(NYC) 2 weeks after the 9/11 and no one, not a single person stared at us...but everyone was soooooooooooooo sad. i'll never forget that trip. we went to nyc to support our fellow americans and my wife wanted to see Rent on Broadway. I saw my watch go backwards!!! i was crying out of boredom! NEVER AGAIN!

Wednesday, October 05, 2005 5:07:00 PM  
Blogger Prabhu Singh said...

Hey isingh, didn't I tell you already about the pictures I'll be getting in a few weeks. You won't know what to say, except maybe that New Mexico has it all!

Thursday, October 06, 2005 2:30:00 PM  

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