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// SEPTEMBER 2009
Movie stars!
London
Vancouver
Three Valley Lake
San Francisco
Monterey
Pacific Coastal Highway 1
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Torrey
Monument Valley
Grand Canyon
Santa Fe
Denver
Ottawa
Niagara Falls
New York
Boston
Quebec
Montreal
Kamloops
Lake Louise
Banff
Canmore
Calgary
Sausalito
Napa
San Simeon
Santa Barbara
Malibu
Santa Monica
Venice
Calico Ghost Town
Zion National Park
Bryce National Park
Capitol Reef National Park
Canyonlands National Park
Arches National Park
Flagstaff
Petrified Forest National Park
Painted Desert
Ice Caves, Grants
Albuquerque
Los Cerrillos
Los Alamos
Taos
Taos Pueblo
Montreal
Toronto
Mystic Seaport
Newport
Plymouth

Quebec


27th of September
A river? Or a small sea, maybe?

From Boston we covered a beautiful course which led us to Quebec. We crossed from Massachusetts to New Hampshire under heavy rain. We entered the state of Vermont, after having passed first from the extraordinarily beautiful area of the White Mountains.

When arriving at Quebec, we could see, at the far line of the horizon, the faint shapes of the bridges, while the Lorenzo River, really huge, felt to us more like a small sea.

The impressive Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, in the center of the old city, which in our days is a luxurious hotel, was built in the year 1893, in the architectural style that the castles of Central Europe were built.
We found a stairway that leads from the lower part of the city to the upper part of it.

Right next to the building with the red roofs, our hotel, the Auberge Place d'Armes Hotel, was situated.

The lady at the reception was quite thrilled with her first Greek customers.
We should not forget that we were still in 2009.
The bad results, after the Lehman Brothers collapse, were, then, quite obvious in America, but not yet in Greece, which had done some impressive steps towards development, after its entrance to the Euro zone and the successful organization of the Olympic Games in 2004. We were still quite likable at that time…



Raincoat, hat and umbrella …

We strolled on a magic pedestrian street, in the centre of Quebec. Antidote to the rain: raincoat, hat and umbrella. We could only hear French around us. That was making the atmosphere absolutely French too…

The historic centre with its narrow roads, which has something of old Paris, is a Monument of Universal Heritage, under the protection of Unesco, since 1985.

Quebec is a fortified city, in accordance to the standards of the fortifications of the European cities.

The citadel of the city (Citadelle) is situated to the east borders of the fortification, at Haute Ville. Its construction goes back to the beginning of the 19th century. A part of the fortification was right in front of us, with its tower and its gate of entrance. When one passes through this gate, he enters the modern part of the city.

We climbed the fortification, so as to enjoy the panorama from above. We arrived at a sloppy point which had perfect views to the river and we heard the whistling of the ships. We ate at the L’Echaude Restaurant.



The… Nigrita “accent”!!!

An American couple, which had come there for the weekend, from a nearby state of USA, sat to a table next to ours, while we were having our dinner.
We started a friendly conversation and at some point they asked us where we were coming from. The Greek language sounds always a bit strange and startling, when you are not familiar to it.
Moreover, our own Greek had also the very particular “accent” of Nigrita, our hometown…

While I was counting the places that we had visited, during the16 days of our journey, I and Christos realized, just by watching the reactions of the couple which was chatting with us, that very few Americans have been where we had been…

 


 

 

Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18
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Population: 322.762.000
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
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Population: 322.762.000
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Country: United States
Date: 2009
Route: Canada - United States of America
Cities: London, Vancouver, Three Valley Lake, San Francisco, Monterey, Pacific Coastal Highway 1, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Torrey, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon , Santa Fe, Denver, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, New York, Boston, Quebec, Montreal
Duration: 18 days
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Population: 322.762.000
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