Greetings from Beaupre right outside of Quebec City. We have been here a week and it has been relaxing and amazing. There is no doubt this is an entirely different culture and we have been enjoying it immensely.

Our condo is adequate but clean…not the best we have been in. Very small and the kitchen is absolutely awful…however it does have all the amenities like stove, frig, microwave, etc.

The weather has been cool but very nice for hiking and poking around the countryside. We spent Friday on the Isle d’ Orleans. What a beautiful island and full of history. The island is where much of rural Quebec began and lots of history and wine, cheese and art. We toured around the whole island and it was great. The churches are amazing but are not used…so sad.

Spent Sunday evening and Monday in Old Quebec…amazing…we had a couple of great meals and just walking around it feels like you are back in the late 1600s or early 1700s. They have kept all the old buildings and the streets are very narrow…takes you right back into history. We walked until we dropped on Sunday evening. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott right on the Ste Jean gate. On Monday we went for coffee and pastry at this way out little coffee shop…the coffee was just like it was served in Vietnam and the pastry dripped with butter. We took a tour of the Old City in the afternoon which was very informative. We then headed out to where we are now.

We are enjoying the culture so much…the wonderful little coffee places with their awesome pastry is right up my alley. There isn’t a road we haven’t tried to discover for those of you who know Jerry. We hiked today and of course created our own path…Jerry would have been a great explorer. We have loved the St. Lawrence…what a great river…I never realized it was so wide and so deep. We have seen lots of big ships going up to Quebec and Montreal.

I have finished the books Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and am starting the Da Vinci Code today. Have read a couple of nights until 2:30 am so need to start getting to bed earlier. Jerry has terrible allergies and is sneezing and blowing his nose constantly. The same thing that happened the other spring in BC. We are heading out for coffee and then just lounging around today.

So far it has been a great holiday…just what we needed. It would be nice if Jerry’s allergies were better, but my headaches are much better…I woke up this morning and decided it was okay to continue living. We have eaten well except for all the pastries…have made most of our own meals which has worked well. A great IGA close to here and the cost is much less.

They charge money for everything which does not please Jerry very much. We went into a bird sanctuary this week and all the snow geese were there…we watched them sticking their heads into the wet marsh when the tide was out getting stuff to eat…it was absolutely hilarious. We hiked one of the trails and didn’t see any birds but did meet up with a bear. Needless to say I decided no further trailing for me…it kind of freaked me out but we both stayed calm and just walked quietly back from where we had come.

All in all it has been great. We head back a week from today. This week we will spend mostly in Old Quebec and on the south side of the St. Lawrence River. We have pretty well covered this side. We were up in the Laurentians yesterday and there was still snow there. The mountains here are nothing like the Rockies…the mountains here are like little hills and they have great ski resorts on them…I find it quite funny when I compare what there is in Alberta.

The people have been great. They love to practice their English and a smile goes a long way here. The local people have been great…they are so willing to explain the history of where they live. The villages are just like years ago…all along the river and all along the road. Lots of new houses being built as well.

Well, we will see you in a week. We are having a great time!

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