Ted's Big Perimeter Ride - Day 17




This morning I shed my normal riding attire, donned my jeans & T-shirt and rode toward the old city. The first item of interest that I found was the Musée des beaux-arts du Québec. I rode around looking for a parking space. There were meters, but no place on my 'dashboard' to display the receipt, so I elected to ride a few blocks away and snag a inconspicuous residential spot with supposedly 90-min limit. It worked fine and there were no consequences. The special exhibit was 'Looking East, Western Artists and the Allure of Japan,' an exhibition which explores the fruitful encounter between East and West from the late nineteenth century to the end of the Belle Époque through a presentation of ukiyo-e prints, or “images of the floating world,” and pieces of Japanese decorative art, in dialogue with paintings, prints and refined objects produced by renowned artists in Europe and the United States. I include some of the art pics from the show.

Back on the bike for the 2km ride into the heart of old Quebec city. I again slipped the bike into an un-metered spot and began waking thru the beautiful parkland near the Citadelle. I continued around the streets and byways and around the Parliament building, and then up into the Citadelle. It is an immense fortress with a commanding view. So much so that it was never attacked, and the main cannon(s) were actually never fired in combat. The Citadelle is home to the most decorated regiment of Canada's elite forces; the Royal 22nd Régiment. The only strictly French-speaking regiment in all of Canada.

After many hours of traversing the City, I leisurely rode through some of the surrounding neighborhoods, which were loaded with beautiful homes and walking parks. Quebec really is a beautiful city and I will need to come back for a more leisurely experience. Tomorrow off to parts West!

No Map Today
Distance:
    Today = N/A miles,
    Total   = 3,025 miles
Riding Time:
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    Total   = 4-Days, 16-Hours, 01-Min
Rolling parkland around the
Musée des beaux-arts du Québec
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Nearing the entrance
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by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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by Vincent Van Gogh
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by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
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by Georges-Pierre Seurat
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by Paul Gauguin
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The busy cafe scene along the Boulevard Grand Allee
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Parliament Building, in Quebec City
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Inner entrance to La Citadelle de Québec
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Our Very Enthusiastic tour guide, Florence.
(Great job on the tour)
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The Emblem for the Royal 22nd Regiment
(yes, that is a beaver)
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The imcomparable Le Château Frontenac Hotel
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With myself in the foreground; taken from the highest point in all of Quebec City in the Citadelle.
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Commanding view from the Citadelle
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Flying all the Provinces and Territory flags in preparation for a ceremony.
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images/17-h.JPG Only one of the MANY beautiful homes in Quebec.
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All cleaned and ready to roll tomorrow ;-)
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