Today, Friday, our first full day in Quebec, was new know-how for us – we decided to take the “Rouge Bus Tour” and buy the $36.00 bracelets allowing us to hop on and off of the red loop double-decker tour bus all day. A shuttle bus delivered us directly from our campground to the jumping-on place. It was 56 degrees and not predicted to get above 65 degrees, but we climbed to the top deck of the bus, anyway. We were given ear-buds and the plug-in gave us options for 10 different languages. We had 15 stops, nicely narrated in-between, and we could take as long at each stop as needed.
As I listed to the running narration of excellent history of the city, I enthusiastically thought what good fodder for my blog to accompany the pictures! Sadly, I don't remember anything beyond 5 minutes, and you will have to just settle for the the pictures.
For lunch we found ourselves in a high-eat district, although we weren’t quite sure of the prices because of the currency exchange – it seemed high-price when looking at the menus posted outside – but if we paid in our Canadian cash it would be cheaper. We settled on a little Italian eatery right in the middle of Old Town, French-speaking, Quebec. I got lost in the many beverage goblets and extra silverware place settings, and it seemed almost rude to tell the maître d' that we didn’t want wine or drinks. We each ended up with water and the ½ serving of spaghetti with meat sauce.
After lunch we resumed the cycle of “on the bus” (to listen to the narrated tour of the area) and “off the bus” (to walk the area and get pictures.) We completed the first tour one time, missing a few of the stops, and went back for seconds with an eye on the clock. We needed to be back at our shuttle location by 4:00 to catch the shuttle back to the KOA campground. Right on time.
At the KOA we pulled out a bottle of our favorite Lancers Rose wine – to celebrate our trip so far. The only problem is that Tom is not used to drinking much wine – and we had a whole bottle to kill. He got a little goofy – and I had just enough myself that I enjoyed him being goofy. Nite-Nite!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown