Founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, Quebec City is the "cradle of French civilization" in North America. It's also the only walled urban area north of Mexico. While I spent five of my 8 days within Vieux Quebec, I also ventured out by bike to the Falls, to Wendake (a 17th century Huron Nation region), and along the St. Lawrence River.
It was my third visit to Quebec City, but my first in more than 30 years! While I am astounded at the city's ability to maintain its culture and architecture, I'm also nervous about the extent of tourism.
I should couch this by saying that I did visit in July, and that besides good weather, it's the time of Quebec's well-known "Summer Festival" of music. In addition to the large number of visitors (4.7 million in 2012), I also don't recall seeing so many tour buses, tour groups, shops and restaurants in old town. Yes, I know, it's been decades!
I haven't actually touched upon every stop I made, but the photos will hopefully take you there!
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