I have not spent a lot of time in Quebec City. Two days to be exact. Both times I was passing through on my way to somewhere else. But, I have never been any other place beginning with 'Q', so here it is.
Quebec City was founded in 1608, making it one of the oldest cities in North America. It is situated on the St. Lawrence River. The historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearly 95% of the residents speak French and it is the predominant language here, but about 1/3 have English as a second language and I encountered no issues with shopping and getting around. Unfortunately, my high school French has gone the way of my old 78 rpm records.
The most iconic image of the city is Chateau Frontenac, perched on top of Cap-Diamant. It looks like someone picked up a chateau in Loire Valley of France and sat it down in Quebec.
My favorite area is Vieux-Quebec, the Old Quebec. You walk around and feel as if you are in Europe what with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants. I wandered around here all afternoon on my last visit. It has the feel of an old European city which is probably why I love it. The architecture and shops are a delight.
Vieux-Quebec is comprised of Basse-Ville, located at the foot of Cap Diamant, and Haute-Ville, reached by the funicular. Haute-Ville is the more European area with cobbled streets and horse-drawn carriages.
And there are these amazing frescoes on the buildings. This one is La Fresque des Québécois: