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Just a few...out of so many, romantic scenes in Quebec City
28 May 2009“One of my favourite cities ever.”
based on 2 votes
Quebec City itself, is a very romantic city. It is the perfect destination for a wedding, honeymoon, vacation or weekend getaway. There are many special and magical scenes in the city, that to me make it a truly romantic city.
Category: Best of
Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping
Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Active/adventure, Tourists
Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
1. Chateau Frontenac
The Chateau Frontenac is said to be the most photographed hotel in the world, and I can sure see why. It's mighty presence towers over much of Quebec City and I just can't imagine this city without this awesome structure. The hotel has a long and colourful history, involving everything from hosting world leaders, important international conventions, and it is the hotel where many famous people from all around the world like to stay. The Chateau Frontenac has also been featured in the movies. It was used as Santa's workshop in a Christmas movie, that was partially filmed there a few years ago, and it couldn't have been more ideal. Whether it be for dinner, or a late night drink or just to take a tour or even to stay there, the entirety of the Chateau Frontenac is an abundantly romantic scene and should be at the top of the list, for everyone visiting this wonderful city. There are many areas in and around the hotel that will make for great photographs. And the view from it's restaurant overlooking the river, especially in the evening, couldn't be more romantic.
As if Quebec City wasn't spectacular enough, and it even became more so at the time of it's 400th anniversary celebration, with the inclusion of this stunningly beautiful, award winning, fountain. The Simons family donated the fountain to the city, and it now proudly awaits visitors where it has been placed in front of the National Assembly. Which itself it a magnificent structure, and now even more so since the addition of the Fontaine de Tourny. The fountain also has a colourful history, which began in Bordeaux, France in the mid 1800's where it stood until 1960. It was transported to Quebec a few years ago, where it came back to life, after a long and careful restoration. The sheer size of the fountain with the huge sculptures surrounding it, is impressive to say the least. It is one of my favourite places to visit in Quebec City and it is... oh so romantic.
The oldest shopping district in North America, called the Rue de Petit Champlain, is just a wonderfully, charming area to spend a little time in. The early morning when the street is beginning to wake up, or later in the evening when the street is much quieter ..are the times where this quaint, compact slice of history is at it's best and when it has that 'romantic' ambience. During the day, especially in the summer months, it is often crowded with people, and although it is still fun to be there, it does not have the fairy tale quality it has when the street is less busy. The little streets that make up this shopping district are lined with cafes and bistros, boutiques, fashion and jewellery items and local art work. At times there are also performers entertaining the passers by.
It doesn't get much better after a long day to have the opportunity to dine in a restaurant that is not only romantic, but also has great food and top notch service. A restaurant with all those qualities can't help but make for an unforgettable experience. And one such place in Quebec City, is a restaurant called Panache. The atmosphere is perfect, with subdued and beautiful lighting, a lovely view, a fireplace...all that plus outstanding service and food. The space itself is absolutely gorgeous. It is well planned with super, comfortable chairs and tables spaced far enough apart to allow for an intimate dinner. Panache, is a lovely place to go for a special occasion, or for a night out to relax and enjoy a quiet atmosphere.
A few minutes from Quebec City, is the most picturesque, quiet area called Ile D'Orléans. It is made up of six little villages, where you will find winding, tree lined roads, pretty farm houses, and cape cod style homes with flowers hanging from the porch. There are also a few wonderfully, interesting artisan shops sprinkled here and there. It is a nice area to visit if you like to go hiking, or for a picnic or for a country drive. If you are looking for shops, lots of people, and busy streets, this is not the place to go. If you are interested in a relaxing day or afternoon, enjoying the beauty of nature and natural surroundings, this is definitely the place for you.
Another romantic scene and located on the grounds of the Plains of Abrahams and on the site of a beautiful park, is the Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec. Spending a day or afternoon at the museum, is so peaceful, ultra relaxing and charmingly romantic. It is truly a joy to be there. The entire experience is so lovely, from touring the museum and viewing all the beautiful works of art and visiting special exhibits they often have... to dining in the delightful restaurant that over looks the park, makes for a enchanting day.