Making the most of the brief spring weather here, before rain next week. I took the afternoon off, yesterday, to go for a walk out on the Plains of Abraham. And why not? It was beautiful, warm, with clear blue skies. I started my walk outside the Grand Théâtre de Québec by the Three Players. A trio of statues sat on the lawn, who were also enjoying the lovely spring weather. I made my way from there toward the Plains stopping to take photos of a couple of churches, before arriving at the Jehanne D’arc Gardens. Sadly, this early, there are still no flowers to speak of. From there, I walked part of the Plains, taking in two of the last standing Martello Towers, and some of the finest views of Québec, the river, and the south shore.
The one thing you can guarantee the minute the sun comes out up here in the Frozen North, is everyone, and I mean everyone and their dog, will be out promenading. And so it was with me, this weekend, camera in hand. I did one of my favourite walks down along the Rue St-Jean, through the St-Jean Gate and Place D’Youville, along the lower end of the rue St-Jean, and into the Old Quarter walking toward the Petite Champlain. It’s an enjoyable 2 hour walk passed historic churches, bakeries and coffee houses, cafes and museums, toward the historic Old Quarter, to Notre-Dame de Québec cathedral, to Terrasse Dufferin and the promenade with amazing views over the river, Chateau Frontenac, and lower town.
It’s that time again, the day the park opens. Or, to be exact, the day the University Laval gardens open. Much like a miniature Botanic Gardens, the Laval gardens have a wonderful array of trees, shrubs, flowers and plant life. [Check out the Map.] Sad to say though, at this time of year, the snow has only just receded and flowers are sparse on the grounds. And while many towns and cities well to the south of us are enjoying their Spring Flowers, and Cherry Blossoms, here in Québec City we are only just seeing the crocuses, bluebells and primulas pop their pretty heads above ground.