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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Red Orange

Red Orange in Quebec City, Canada

Red Orange in Quebec City, Canada

They really know how to do big, bright, and Red Orange in Quebec City! I wonder how many plants it takes to fill this planter? If you like gardens, Quebec City is fabulously decked out all year long! Kudos to their gardeners! For more photos of Quebec City, just look HERE!

Red Orange, a Crayola color since 1930, is also known as Mandarine Orange in Mexico, Juicy Orange in the “So Big Set”, and Cajun Crawfish Orange in the color for Louisiana in the “State Crayon Collection.”

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

One Word Photo Challenge: Scarlet

On a recent visit to Baie St Paul, Quebec, Canada, I came upon these vibrant scarlet berried trees.  Can anyone tell what the name of the tree is? Enjoy!

Scarlet Berries, Baie St Paul, Quebec, Canada

Scarlet Berries, Baie St Paul, Quebec, Canada

Quebec City Town Hall, All Dressed Up for Fall

The Ship is Moored and Awaiting the Harvest! Quebec City, Canada

The Ship is Moored and Awaiting the Harvest! Quebec City, Canada

The new underground parking lot at Town Hall has been completed. There is now a lively garden area on top of the underground parking complex and it is the perfect spot to spend a fall afternoon! This year the focus of the park surrounds a sunken pool area, where a replica old sailing ship is moored among the fields of the harvest. Every year I can’t wait to see the adventure that awaits at Town Hall! Using the same props from year to year the displays created are always a new design. Hats off to all the workers and designers who make these displays possible! It is what sets Quebec City as the premier city  in North America!  Let’s load up the Harvest! Quebec City goes all out to decorate their city for Fall. What fun! Enjoy!

The Welcome Sign at the Public Market during Fall Days in Quebec City, Canada

The Welcome Sign at the Public Market during Fall Days in Quebec City, Canada

Can Mums be More Beautiful? Quebec City, Canada

Can Mums be More Beautiful? Quebec City, Canada

Gotta Have the Spooky Tree! Quebec City, Canada

Gotta Have the Spooky Tree! Quebec City, Canada

Gotta Have the Spooky Tree! Quebec City, Canada

Gotta Have the Spooky Tree in a Field of Pumpkins! Quebec City, Canada

Stacks of Pumpkins, Quebec City, Canada

Stacks of Pumpkins from a Vintage Truck, Quebec City, Canada

A Maiden in the Garden! Quebec City, Canada

A Maiden in the Garden! Quebec City, Canada

A Vintage Tractor in the Fields of Pumpkins, Quebec City, Canada

A Vintage Tractor in the Fields of Pumpkins, Quebec City, Canada

The Mums of Quebec City, Canada

The Mums of Quebec City, Canada!

Carefully Planned Fields of Pumpkins, Wheat, and Mums, Quebec City, Canada

Carefully Planned Fields of Pumpkins, Wheat, and Mums, Quebec City, Canada

A Farmer in the Field, Quebec City, Canada

A Farmer in the Field, Quebec City, Canada

Rows and Rows of Pumpkins! Quebec City, Canada

Rows and Rows of Pumpkins! Quebec City, Canada

The Sunflower Fields Surrounding the Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Sunflower Fields Surrounding the Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship Is Ready to Load!, Quebec City, Canada

The Harvest Ship Is Ready to Load!, Quebec City, Canada

The Back Side of the Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

The Back Side of the Harvest Ship, Quebec City, Canada

Giant Red Pots of Blooms in the Park! Quebec City, Canada

Giant, Giant Red Pots of Blooms in the Park! Quebec City, Canada

Giant Red Pots of Blooms in the Park! Quebec City, Canada

Giant Red Pots of Blooms in the Park! Quebec City, Canada

 

Joan of Arc Park, Quebec City

One of the Displays in Joan of Arc Park

One of the Displays in Joan of Arc Park

Yesterday we took a carriage ride through Quebec City.  The guide was very attentive and we learned more about this fabulous city.  We eventually rounded the Joan of Arc Park and I knew I wanted to come back on my own time to take pictures of the wonderful decorations in this neighborhood park.  So early this morning we piled into a cab and asked to go to the Plains of Abraham, the large stretch of parkland and battleground where the Joan of Arc Park is located.  We roared up the hill and through the town and through the town and through the town. I was thinking I didn’t remember it being very far, but hey I had been enjoying the carriage ride so maybe it was.  We got out at a field track and the taxi driver pointed to a bend in the road so we were sure the Joan of Arc Park was right around the corner, even though we didn’t see it.  We walked around the corner and nothing, just another road going along the St Lawrence River, but it did look to be a park.

The Beautiful Gardens we Walked through to Get to the Park

The Beautiful Gardens we Walked through to Get to the Park

The Woods where the Kids were having the Best Time!

The Woods where the Kids were having the Best Time!

We walked back to the field track where several people were jogging or walking, enjoying the beautiful warm fall day. An elderly woman stopped to ask if we needed help. Ah! The babushka lady to the rescue again! See https://cadyluckleedy.com/2013/03/27/safetyand-the…ndparent-types  When she realized we spoke English and she spoke only French the pantomiming began. Basically we got the message to follow the river road.  So we started walking.  And Walking.  And walking.  There were woods between the river road and the river and in the woods we could hear the voices and laughter of children.  Lots of children.  They must have been on a field trip we decided.  Boy were they having fun whooping it up!  We walked on.  We had a map and finally came to a sign that was actually on our map.  We were outside the boundaries of our tourist’s map!  We kept walking.  We walked on the road then we walked on the path.  Then we walked on the road again.  I decided to walk up up up the hill in the grass to see if anything looked like what were looking for.  I could see another path up there but wasn’t sure I could reach it without going all the way along the bottom of the road until the two paths finally met up. How far would that be?  We walked some more, passing joggers, more joggers, and those show offs jogging pushing a baby carriage too. Finally another couple, that looked as pooped as we were, moved across a wide meadow and we decided we would follow suit. We FINALLY made our way up to the higher street where there was a bench to rest on, thank goodness! There were kids everywhere!  School outings!  One group of  nine and ten year olds were lined up on the grass: one group dressed as Indians the other group dressed as soldiers.  They were having such fun and so were we watching them!  We eventually made our way to the Joan of Arc Park where there were more students and teachers.  What a great way to teach history!  The displays were eye catching, entertaining and there were signs pointing out the historical meaning to each display.  I learned a lot!

The Joan of Arc park and Garden

The Joan of Arc Park and Garden

One of the displays in Joan of Arc Park

One of the displays in Joan of Arc Park

Flowers and Foilage

Flowers and Foliage

The Scarecrow in the Middle

The Scarecrow in the Middle

The Rock

The Rock

Purple Foliage

Purple Foliage with Red Berries

More Pumpkins

More Pumpkins

Still More Pumpkins

Still More Pumpkins

The Tunnel Pumpkins

The Tunnel Pumpkins

The Pirate Ship

The Pirate Ship

You Are a Monster If You Pick the Flowers!

You Are a Monster If You Pick the Flowers!

The Gaol

The Gaol

The Chain Gang Sign

The Chain Gang Sign

The Duelers

The Duelers

Grave Markers

Grave Markers

The Coffin

The Coffin

The Pumpkin Streetlight

The Pumpkin Street Light

Several times during our stay in Quebec City we ate at the Buffet de Antiquaire,  clustered in a row  of antique shops.  Every time we ventured by this restaurant it was packed!  One evening we decided that this had to be the place to try.  Walking up a few short steps into a cozy diner atmosphere we were greeted by a young waitress who promptly seated us.  There was a tiny main floor room and a room upstairs. The chalkboard revealed the “Specials of the day.” The food was generous in proportions, home made like grandma’s and the atmosphere welcoming! One of my best local finds!  Enjoy!

Buffet de Antiquaire

Buffet de Antiquaire

It’s October! City Hall Decorations in Quebec City, It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

Today we are going to discover the fabulous decorations at City Hall and around Quebec City! I just love all the beautiful displays at this time of year!!  Enjoy! There was construction around and drilling going on, they are making an underground parking lot with a garden above.  Can’t wait to see that when it is finished!

Pumpkins for Everyone!

Pumpkins for Everyone!

The Bat Tree

The Bat Tree

The Bat Tree With Spooky Cats!

The Bat Tree With Spooky Cats!

The BiiiiiiiiG Witch!

The BiiiiiiiiG Witch!

The Witches Clothes Line

The Witches Clothes Line

The Street Lights are Even Decked Out!

The Street Lights are Even Decked Out!

The Pirate Ship

The Pirate Ship with Cargo of Purple and Orange Pumpkins!

The Mast

The Mast

The Fog Even Rolls in For Effect!

The Fog Rolls in For Effect!

Another Pirate Ship!

Another Pirate Ship!

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Another Witch

The Pirates have Arrived!

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I Love the Orange ans Red Grass!

I Love the Orange and Red Grass!

It must take them forever to work out the artwork, set up the displays and plant the planters!  Unbelievable and sooooooo enjoyable!

The Plant Scapes

The Plant Scapes

And here are a couple of shots of cool buildings in the area!

Serenity

Serenity

The Half Round Building

The Half Round Building

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I think they are putting in an ice rink!  Looking ahead to the Christmas Season!

The Coach Ride with The Dog

The Coach Ride with The Dog

Ok, we are heading out of the protective walls of Quebec City! Come back tomorrow to see what is in store for us on the other side!

Out We Go!

Out We Go!

Oh Canada!!

Folk Music

Street Folk Music

Basse-Ville

Basse-Ville

The Beauty in the Walls

The Beauty in the Walls

Today we are walking to Haute-Ville, the next layer of Quebec City.  We leche-vitrine (window shop) along the Petit-Champlain passing lovely art galleries and shops, when I am compelled to stop at Pot en Ciel, a delightfully and artistically decorated kitchen ware shop that always seems to have the latest in cuisine accessories, cooking and table ware.   Afterwards, mingling with the tourists from the cruise ships that dock and depart here, we take the funicular to the promenade walkway that is in the front of the famous and majestic Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world, due in most part  because of how it dominates the skyline of Quebec City. Designed by American architect, Bruce Price, it was one of a series of “chateau” style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway during the late 19th century.  The hotel was named for Louis de Baude, count of Frontenac, who was governor of the colony of New France from 1672 to 1698, with a few years off in the middle.  In 1944 the Chateau became the action center of Quebec Conferences of WWII.  A tour of the Chateau with costumed tour guides gives you a glimpse into the rooms of  “The Who’s Who of Who Has Slept Here” (my term, don’t ask for that as the tour!).

A View from the Funicular

A View from the Funicular

The Cruise Ships

The Cruise Ships

The Frontenac Hotel

The Frontenac Hotel

The Promemade

The Promenade

The View From the Promenade

The View of the Frontenac and the Promenade

The sight is breathtaking.  Here artists and musicians reveal their talents as we walk the promenade gazing down at the cruise ships in Vieux-Port and up, up, up at the Frontenec Hotel.  It looks like a castle, but has always been a grand scale hotel. I am sad to say many tourists go no farther than the promenade and surrounding shops and restaurants.  Meandering through the streets we find shops, cafes, restaurants  and charming fall displays.

Aux Anciens Canadiens Restaurant

Aux Anciens Canadiens Restaurant

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Quebec City Canada Cafe

Haute-Ville Streets

Haute-Ville Streets

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Quebec City Canada Sculpture

Some make it the tiny rue du Tresor, a small alleyway lined with working artists.  For those who trek on, meandering the winding streets of Haute-Ville there are the Christmas shops, boutiques, plant landscapes and the Morrin Center awaiting you.

Plant Displays!

Plant Displays!

What Great Pumpkins!!!

What Great Pumpkins!!!

The Morrin Center is one of my favorite stops.  I can’t wait to show you this years decorations and pictures from past years!  We’ll start there tomorrow! As we finish up the day we return to Vieux Quebec and one of the best restaurants in the quarter, the Lapin Saute, the rabbit restaurant.  I love the food, ambiance and the outdoor decorations of this restaurant.  It is truly what you would imagine a French bistro to be!

Le Lupin Saute

Le Lapin Saute

Outdoor Seating at Le Lepin

Outdoor Seating at Le Lapin (Notice the Rabbit Tables)

Le Lapin at Night

Le Lapin at Night

Inside Le Lepin

Inside Le Lapin

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The Menu

The Menu

The French Onion Soup

The French Onion Soup

I began my meal with the french onion soup studded with a thick white Canadian cheese followed by the rabbit (french) cassoulet. Absolutely yummy! I was so digging into the cassoulet I forgot to take a  picture!!!!  I’m headed back to the Germain-Dominion Hotel and after a mocha night cap I’m off to bed!  See you tomorrow at the Morrin Center!

For more information about Pot en Ciel, 27 Petit Champlain, Quebec, Canada view http://www.quartierpetitchamplain.com for a street map of all the shops and restaurants located there.

For information on the Chateau  Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrieres, view TripAdvisor.

For information on Le Lapin Saute, 52 Rue Du Petit-Champlain see TripAdvisor.

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