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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

ABC Wednesday: Q is for Québec


One of the highlights of my solo train trip across Canada last year was the beautiful province of Québec, wreathed in romance and mystery to westerners, beckoning us to visit, whether we are bilingual or not.


Above, left, and below,
Montréal, Québec
Old Montréal attracts
tourists from all
parts of the world,
but to Canadians of
a certain age, the
condo development
below is the
Quintessential
Montreal, built as it
was for Expo '67.
I rented a car to drive from the train station in Gaspé, Québec, back to the previous stop, Percé, and back again to Gaspé for my return trip to Montreal, so I could experience for myself the beauty of Quebec's wonderful Gaspé Peninsula
Thousands of Northern Gannets nest on the seaward side of Bonaventure Island (above)
off the shore of  Québec's Gaspe Peninsula. None nest on the landward side (below).

© Photos by Kay Davies, 2010

Gannets can, however, be seen fishing close to the town of Percé, Quebec.

The town of Percé is named after the "pierced rock"
(roche percé) offshore.
Posted for the letter Q
in ABC Wednesday
Mrs. Nesbitt's popular
alphabetical meme
for Scrabble-playing and
word-junkie bloggers everywhere!

To see how the letter Q inspired other photo-bloggers, please click HERE!

29 comments:

jabblog said...

What a wonderful trip you had. Quebec looks beautiful. The expo buildings are interesting but rather strange, I think (but that's me, I have no artistic taste;-))

Karen said...

Fabulous shots of a beautiful province Kay! Love those Expo condos.

Joyful said...

Beautiful!

EG Wow said...

Great post! I'm full of awe that you traveled solo!

Leslie: said...

There are parts of Quebec that cause one to gasp at its beauty! We saw the Olympic site when in Montreal but I much prefer Quebec City and its environs instead of Montreal. Beautiful photos, Kay! Have a wonderful week,

Leslie
abcw team

photowannabe said...

Lovely trip through a beautiful place. I was there way back in 1976. I'm sure things have changed vastly since then.

Maple Lane said...

What breathtaking views! Thank you for sharing your trip with us.
Your dog, Lindy, is so sweet!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

anthonynorth said...

A great looking place.

Carver said...

I always enjoy photographs from your trips. I've always wanted to take one of the train trips across Canada and on across Alaska. My Godmother did that and it sounded like so much fun. Beautiful shots!

Friko said...

Canada really is a magical place. All my Canadian blogger friends live in wonderful places.

Gigi Ann said...

Enjoyed your photos of your trip, but found the picture of the condo development interesting.

Jo Bryant said...

These are such great photos - what a trip - number 4 is , I don't know what to say to structures like that - AMAZING maybe...

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow! I have never been to Canada Kay - don't know if we ever will but this was such a wonderful insight into a wonderful place. Thanks so much,
Denise ABC Team

Meryl said...

These are lovely photos. I was in Quebec years ago for a friend's wedding. Feels like it's time to pay another visit!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

When I was nineteen, I took a train across Canada, to get married in Ottawa......we spent one weekend in Montreal, on Ste. Catherines street. I would love to make that train trip again. Though I'd likely sleep all the way across, the rocking of the train being so soothing!

Roger Owen Green said...

Haven't been to Quebec since 1992. Loved Montreal.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Paula Scott said...

I learn so much about the world from you! Those condos from the Expo is a work of art-kind of takes your breath away thinking they might not hold up. Apparently, they have.

Carola Bartz said...

I love the pierced rock!!! How beautiful - and those condos are fantastic! Interesting architecture.

Inger-M said...

Wow, that condo is amazing!

Powell River Books said...

I've been to Quebec twice. The first trip was about 30 years ago on a flying camping trip. I remember walking from the airfield to a restaurant in a small town. When we got there the menu was only in French and no one would help us translate, until another customer took pity on us. We went back two summers ago on our trip to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. I found the people more welcoming to English speakers, even having English translated menus if requested. I felt a lot more welcome. My only foreign language is Spanish. Not much help in this case. - Margy

Tumblewords: said...

How beautiful!!

Hildred and Charles said...

A beautiful province, - many years ago we attended a maple syrup party in the spring of the year. It was great fun.

Mar said...

Thanks for taking us to Quebec, what great pictures!

Q is for quadruped

Nanka said...

A place of rare beauty!! Your photos capture it all!! I am not a fan of tall vertical buildings but the wonderful Gaspé Peninsula and the offshore roche percé are breathtaking!!

Laloofah said...

I've been just briefly to Québec, but never to Montreal and have wanted to visit there for some time. So thanks for the vicarious trip this morning!

I've recently developed a bit of a photographic preoccupation with vintage-style street lamps, and love the one you photographed! But that condo complex takes the cake. It reminds me of ancient cave dwellings! I wonder what it's like to live there? (Expensive, for one thing, I'm guessing!) :-)

Kim, USA said...

Hi Kay your photos are beautiful thanks for sharing.

ABC

chubskulit said...

I love that shot of the fish!

Find out what Quiet is for my kids.

Joy said...

Love the condo buildings, one could almost call it quirky. The Gaspé Peninsula looks the perfect place to journey to after a busy city.

ChrisJ said...

The Gaspe peninsula is one place I would really like to visit. It seems to be very similar to my childhood village of Flamborough. I didn't know they had Gannets there. We have Gannets at Flamborough. Not too many places left in the world where they can still be found.