Monday, June 5, 2017

Quebec Trip #3: About Quebec: UNESCO Site, Upper and Lower Towns

Rob and Tom in Old Quebec
In May we vacationed in Old Quebec City, and had a wonderful time. It's the only walled city in all of North America. Today we'll provide a background on the founding of this amazing, charming city, tell you what makes it a UNESCO site and explain the upper and lower towns.

FOUNDER OF QUEBEC - Quebec City was founded by the French explorer and navigator Samuel de Champlain in 1608, commencing a string of French colonies along the St. Lawrence River, creating a region named "le Canada".

UNESCO SITE - Founded in 1608 and granted UNESCO World Heritage City status, Quebec and especially the Old Quebec are brimming with history and attractions. While walking in the "Upper Town" (there's also a "Lower Town") of Old Quebec, we found the monument dedicated to the UNESCO status.
Quebec from NASA's Aqua satellite in space. Credit: NASA

WHAT MAKES IT A UNESCO SITE? - Criterion (iv) :  A coherent and well-preserved urban ensemble, the Historic District of Old Québec is an exceptional example of a fortified colonial town and by far the most complete north of Mexico.
Criterion (vi) : Québec, the former capital of New France, illustrates one of the major stages in the European settlement of the colonization of the Americas by Europeans.

UNESCO World Heritage City marker 
Over the next several weeks of blogs, you'll join us to explore its stone buildings and narrow streets. This area is the site of the towering Château Frontenac Hotel  (which we'll show you) and Citadel of Québec. The Petit Champlain district’s cobblestone streets are lined with bistros and boutiques.
Québec City lies along the St. Lawrence River and has many museums and interpretation centers. We'll take you on guided historic and ghost walking tours. The city has a unique atmosphere of the French quarter. like nowhere else in North America, and we'll even take you to some of the great bakeries.

View of the Upper Town from the Lower Town

PHOTO LEFT - Hotel Frontenac in the upper town was taken from the lower town.

THE UPPER AND LOWER TOWNS The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative center, with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the 
Lower Town and its ancient districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city.  

NEXT: The Historic Ghost Walk

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next