A Francophone Location in North America – Québec City If one walks in the downtown area of Québec City, one would swear that one is somewhere in a small old French Village. The streets are narrow, the buildings seem to have been constructed a long time ago, and all the signs are in French.
Je l'ai remerciée d'avoir continué à me parler en français, surtout parce que c'était évident que ma langue maternelle n'est pas le français. Elle a fait un grand sourire et a répondu, « Pas de problème. Le français n'est pas ma langue maternelle non plus. »
When I arrived at my hotel, I went to the reception desk and I addressed the hotel clerk in French because I wanted to practice my French. To my great pleasure, she responded in French, and we completed the registration together while speaking French. At the end of the check-in she gave me the key. I thanked her for having continued to speak to me in French, especially since it was obvious that my native language is not French. She smiled widely and responded, “No problem. French is not my native language either.”
Cela vaut vraiment le détour et votre séjour à Québec ne serait pas complet sans le visiter.
The skyline of the downtown area is dominated by a large and elegant hotel, Le Château Frontenac. This hotel is one of the most famous sites in Québec City. A massive building which has more than six hundred rooms, it is the most photographed hotel in the world. It is here that the Conference of Quebec took place in 1943; the president of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, and the prime minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill, met to discuss their common strategy for the Second World War. It is really worth a detour and your stay in Québec City would not be complete without visiting it.
Parce que la Citadelle se situe au plus haut point de la ville, la vue du fleuve et des alentours est super belle et vaut l'effort ! Notre guide nous a dit que cette visite avec nous était son premier tour en anglais. À la fin du tour, tous les membres du groupe l'ont remerciée et lui ont dit qu'elle avait fait un bon boulot parce que c'était vrai !
The downtown area, also known by the name Old Québec City, is the site of a former fortified town which overlooks the Saint Lawrence River. One can still see the old ramparts which extend for 5 km around the old city. One afternoon, I took a guided tour of the Citadel of Québec, a military installation and the residence of the Governor General of Canada, the official representative of the Queen, Elizabeth II. Because the Citadel is located at the highest point of the city, the view of the river and the surroundings is really great and worth the effort! Our guide told us that this tour with us was her first tour in English. At the end of the tour, everyone in the group thanked her and told her that she had done a great job because it was true!
C'est délicieux !
One of the gastronomic delights that one must try during a visit to Québec is the maple taffy. This is a confection that is made while pouring boiling maple syrup onto a bed of snow. As the hot syrup cools, a wooden spatula is used to roll-up the soft confection and produce a lollypop. They are delicious!