Québec City was fought over by the British, the French and the Americans due to its highly prized location on the St.
The fortified wall that protected and still surrounds Old Québec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only citadel in existence in North America.
The next day, Cam and I were on our own and started the day with breakfast at the top of the Hilton in the executive suite—cappuccinos and croissants on the 23rd floor.
If you are really hungry, and not interested in the view, try the buffet breakfast in Allegro restaurant. We walked over to the Royal 22nd Regiment Museum and since it was a Sunday,(every day in the summer except when it rains) saw the changing of the guard, dressed in traditional red uniforms with tall bear skin hats, leftover from British rule.
Starting at the Hilton at the top of the city, on Parliament Hill overlooking Vieille Ville (old town), we walked down to Rue Saint-Jean and shopped at the oldest market on the East coast—J. The British are trying to find a faux alternative to using bear pelts for the hats as each one requires an entire Canadian black bear’s skin.
After our long day, we went back to the Hilton to enjoy their outdoor/indoor pool and sauna and get ready for dinner!
From the Hilton, we took the elevator to the parking garage and cut through the very interesting and historic St.
Later, my husband Highroad Cam met me at our hotel after driving 8 hours from Connecticut.
The Hilton on Parliament Hill has spectacular views overlooking the citadel of Old Québec (Vieille Ville), the St. Our beautiful corner room (1216) at the Hilton had floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides and looked out upon the famous and imposing Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Hotel, built in 1893 by Canada’s railway companies to evoke the romanticism of the 14th and 15th century chateaus of the Loire Valley.
When we passed through the cemetery, we were at the top of Rue Saint-Jean,, where there is a myriad of quaint restaurants.