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A City is just a City no matter what City you are in… well that train of thought does seem to ring true perhaps, except if you are in  Quebec City.  We are not usually fond of exploring City’s, usually we do it just because we were in the area, and I am sure we would regret it later if we skipped it. And keeping with the theme of this blog- No Regrets- we can’t risk regretting something later.

So off to Quebec City we went, we stayed in Levis, which is on the south side of the River and took the ferry across. The beauty of the Ferry is that it drops you in the heart of the Old Lower City.

The views of the famous Chateau Frontenac were beautiful on the 10 minute ferry ride.

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Rue Petit Champlain.

Rue Petit Champlain.

Quebec City feels like a small European town, many streets are too narrow to allow vehicles, which is nice when you are on foot.

The upper City, which was once a walled City, is much newer, and not as picturesque. By newer, I mean it is home to Chain Stores such as Tim Hortons and Mcdonalds and many others, so it really lacks the historical feel of the lower City. Nothing ruins a nice walk down the street as quickly as the smell of McDonalds wafting by. We preferred the lower City. To clarify the upper City is still walled, but all of the gates are open.

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A Funicular will get you up top much fast then weaving up the steep roads

View back towards Levis (across the river)

View back towards Levis (across the river)

Old Wall that once surrounded the upper city.

Old Wall that once surrounded the upper city.

Very cool streets to browse and just explore. You never know what you will see around the next corner.

Very cool streets to browse and just explore. You never know what you will see around the next corner.

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"Place Royale" was a very European feeling square.

“Place Royale” was a very European feeling square.

Place Royale

Place Royale

Champlain outside of the Chateau Frontenac

Champlain outside of the Chateau Frontenac

Of course the walled city was built to keep unwanted people out, so naturally they would have some firepower.

Of course the walled city was built to keep unwanted people out, so naturally they would have some firepower.

The "Terrasse Dufferin" is probably the nicest area in the City. You have views of the Chateau, the River, and upper and lower cities. Underneath the Terrasse are ruins from 1600-1700 castles and walls etc.

The “Terrasse Dufferin” is probably the nicest area in the City. You have views of the Chateau, the River, and upper and lower cities. Underneath the Terrasse are ruins from year 1600-1700 castles and walls etc.

View of the St. Lawrence River from the Terrasse Dufferin. That is the Levis- Quebec City Ferry.

View of the St. Lawrence River from the Terrasse Dufferin. That is the Levis- Quebec City Ferry.

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Could you spend a week visiting Quebec City? Probably, but it would cost you a bundle of money for hotels, fine restaurants and expensive tours. We were happy viewing the highlights on a one day visit. Because at the end of the day, a city is a city, albeit Quebec City was very different from the others we have seen.