Mr and Ms Soapbox are in Quebec City

They’ve learned two important things so far: people expect you to keep the promises you made over 100 years ago and there’s no such thing as too much Maple Syrup pie.
A la semaine prochaine!

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Fountain outside the hotel

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12 Responses to Mr and Ms Soapbox are in Quebec City

  1. Liane Sharkey says:

    Mais oui, M. et Mme. Boite de Savon:
    Tarte au Sirop d’érables!!
    Mangez-le infiniment! Et bonnes
    vacances!

    • Liane, that was tricky but I figured it out, especially the “mangez-le infiniment” part (hear! hear!)
      We’re having a fabulous time. The people are wonderful, the architecture and history is mind blowing. It’s given me a whole new perspective on French Canada. The first thing I’m going to do when I get home is sign up for a French class. We have TWO official languages in this country, it’s time I stopped relying on my pathetic high school French and put some effort into becoming bilingual.

  2. Rose MacKenzie-Kirkwood says:

    Maple Syrup pie? I love pancakes with Maple Syrup so I guess I should give that a try. There must be something symbolic about the drowning heads in the pond, tu penses? (Hopefully my grade 11 French is not as bad as I think it is.)

    • Rose, the maple syrup pie isn’t super sweet like fudge which always makes my teeth hurt, it’s smooth, silky and addictive! Now about those heads, it’s a small water feature, about 4 feet by 4 feet, the heads are the size of grapefruit sand they sit water at each other. No one can tell me who the artist is so now I’m trying to track it down on the Internet. The art in this city is incredible. There’s a $3 million Salvadore Dali sculpture in a park within shouting distance of a statue of Samuel de Champlain. The interesting thing about Champlain is there’s no authentic painting of him so no one knows what he really looked like (like Jesus I guess).

    • Thanks Linda. I didn’t realize it when we booked our trip but Quebec City is the sister city to Calgary. Interestingly the locals call it Quebec, not Quebec City. I guess they, like New Yorkers, know the rest of us will figure it out eventually.

  3. Carlos Beca says:

    Gosh when I first saw the picture I thought people in the swimming pool were hit by lightning 🙂
    Enjoy Quebec

  4. Ken Larsen says:

    Take a look at the Oka Monastery nearby which is Canada’s oldest ag research farm. Sunday breakfast there is as close to heaven as you can get.
    Did you know the maple syrup is managed by a farmer-controlled maple syrup marketing board which allocates production quota, takes control of the syrup and markets it? Very smart and effective. The Yanks hate it almost as much as they hated the Canadian Wheat Board. Look for the Quislings to go after it along with dairy and feather supply management.

    • Ken, we’re back already so we didn’t get a chance to visit the Oka Monastery.
      Our tour guide told us that Quebec produces 80% of the world’s maple syrup much to the chagrin of the Americans. It’s amazing what a well run marketing board can accomplish!

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