As soon as Spring started, my friends and I decided to visit the beautiful old Quebec City. It is Quebec province capital, and one of the oldest city in North America. Exploring new places excites my Dora-the-explorer-alter-ego especially because we are going to visit an old city that looks totally different from Montreal. Hopped on another tour bus, which I am starting to love now as it gives me nothing to worry but to enjoy myself. I am a meticulous traveller, I do in depth research of the place I am going to visit, but with tour bus, all I need to do is follow the instruction of our tour guide and off I go wandering, taking pictures, appreciating scenery like an art.

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First Stop, Chez Dany Cabane a Sucre (Sugar Shack) to try Maple taffy or tire d’erable in French. It tastes really good and so sweet I thought I’d end up having tonsillitis. Thank god I didn’t. Aside from giving us the taste they also gave us a little background about the process of making maple syrup. Canada is the largest producer of Maple syrup contributing 90% worldwide, thus explains the maple leaf on the Canadian flag. Statistics also showed that 70% of the produce come from Quebec. Very impressive!

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Next is Montmorency Falls. My friend kept on telling me that we have to see this because this falls is higher than Niagara Falls. Cool, but thing is I haven’t seen the Niagara Falls either.

True enough, it stands 275 feet and the highest waterfall in Quebec. It is magnificent and a beauty to behold. This is by far the most beautiful waterfall I’ve seen in my life long journey of chasing waterfalls.

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We took the cable car ride to the top where the Montmorency Manor and suspension bridge is located which also gave us the stunning bird’s eye view of the Montmorency River.

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After the sumptuous lunch buffet, we visited the Capital Observation, the tallest building in city to see the panoramic view of the capital in 360 degree on the 31st floor.

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I like this view because I can see Chateau Frontenac and St. Lawrence River.

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Our last agenda is to explore Old Quebec to see Chateau Frontenac, Place Royale and Petit Champlain. Being in Quebec City is like being born in the wrong era, it’s both old and new. The city was able to preserve whatever’s left in its history which to be honest left me in total awe. Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage site with cobblestone street and well preserved 17th and 18th century buildings.

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The stunning Chateau Frontenac which is called the most photographed hotel in the world. It definitely deserve its title because its elegance is beyond compare, I could stare at it whole day and breath in its beauty.

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Place Royale and Petit Champlain looks like an upgraded version of Kings Landing (Game of Thrones fan here). Its heritage buildings and impressive murals are incredibly photogenic. I wouldn’t mind getting lost here and end up discovering something interesting.

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Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, a Roman Catholic church in Place Royale.

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We don’t have Cherry Blossom trees here, so this will do for now.

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One interesting street in Quebec City is the Rue du Trésor, an open-air contemporary art gallery that sells beautiful arts and paintings in canvas. This renowned artsy spot  in a narrow pedestrian alley sells local art at reasonable price. I would have wanted to buy one but art shopping where there are too many beautiful arts to chose from takes so much time and unfortunately, we don’t have much time.

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Rue Sainte-Anne on the other hand is the street where talented artist will draw a caricature or portrait of you. Very impressive indeed.

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To keep the tradition alive there are horse-drawn carriage ride that will take you through the Historic District of Old Quebec. The price will depend on the length of the tour, the cheapest will cost you $100 for 35 minutes and the most expensive is $300 for 120 minutes. This is not something that I am interested in trying because, first, its unbelievably pricey and second, I pity the horse.

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We ended the day by going on shopping at Simons then grab a coffee from this quaint place called La Maison Smith Place Royale where I saw this nice wall decor.

 

Outfit Details:
Dress: Shein
Faux Fur Coat: Guess
Bag: Michael Kors
Sunnies and Boots: Forever 21

 

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My arrival date in Canada was last August 31, 2016 and that is in Vancouver. Took another plane from Vancouver to Montreal on September 1, 2016 and that is the official date of my arrival here in Quebec. It was end of summer, weather was around 21-27 degrees. It was really good weather for me, not too cold not too hot. I remembered few days before my departure, it was ridiculously hot in the Philippines that during day time the weather is at 30-33 degrees and during night time it was 28-30 degrees. The electric fan is already steady on me and I am still sweating that I got really pissed and said to myself “Finally, I am going away from this hot country”. Trust me, I want to take it back.

 

My roommate told me that Quebec summer is just like Philippine summer, but since I arrived on September, the weather is not that hot anymore. This year will be my first official summer in Canada, but before that let me show you my end of Summer Canadian experience.

 

Church Visits

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This was on the date of my arrival. Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal) is the first church I visited after my roommate Claire helped me secure all my papers such as processing my Social Insurance Number, health card and opening bank account. It was a fine beautiful day, I felt so lucky.

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Saint Joseph is the largest church in Canada and the twenty-seventh largest church building in the world. Vatican City is of course number 1, but I’m glad that I’ve been to one of the largest in the world. There is actually one in the Philippines that made it to the list of largest churches, and that is the Basilica de San Martin de Tours in Taal, Batangas. I was there before I left for Canada, but I was not familiar about this church so I didn’t know. I hope I can visit when I go back home. Fingers crossed.

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Lighting a candle to thank god for my safe arrival.

(Outfit Details: Snidel top, Belle Jean Clothing cullotes, Parfois bag, Solemate flats)

 

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Another church that I visited is Eglise St-Germain D’outremont with another newly found friend Cecelia. After a short church visit we went for stroll around the area.

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(Outfit Details: MoMo Design denim dress, forever 21 leggings and necklace, H&M boots, Parfois bag, Sfera bracelet)

 

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This is the third church I visited, it is the Saint Patrick’s Basilica. We went there because they have English mass. After the mass we strolled around downtown

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This is at Maison Olympique Canadienne that is just beside Saint Patrick’s Basilica.

(Outfit Details: Dowisi dress, Solemate flats, Parfois bag, Wear Vintage sunnies, Love Lokai bracelet)

 

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Passed by a bookstore in Cote des Nieges and saw this really cute Audrey Hepburn mirror that looks like a bigger version of my Audrey Hepburn locket. I regret not buying it though.

 

Chalet du Mont-Royal

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This place is known as The Lookout here in Montreal. I was with my friend Anabelle when I visited The Lookout for the first time.

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It was a fine day, there were a lot of people during our visit, but why is that? Well, this place has the most amazing view of the entire City. It’s like the time we went to Victoria Peak in Hong Kong and saw all the sky scrappers of Hong Kong. Here, there’s not a lot of Skyscrappers but it is amazing just the same. I might probably go back now that it is Spring here.

(Outfit Details: Forever 21 top, skirt, flats and bag, Swarovski necklace, Ardene earrings, Franck Herval ring, Lokai bracelet)

 

Notre Dame Basilica

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For the first 2 weeks from my arrival in Canada, it was nothing but church visits. All churches here are structurally beautiful so I also can’t help not to take pictures. This one is the Notre Dame Basilica and one of the most famous here in Montreal. When you say Notre Dame Basilica, people will always tell you, it is where Celine Dion got married or it is where her wedding was held, but there is more to this church than just being the church where Celine Dion got hitched. It’s very holy and solemn, the stained glass design and carvings depicts religious history of Montreal and it has a classic Casavant Frères pipe organ. One day I’m gonna go back and show you what’s inside.

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(Outfit Details: Forever 21 top, skirt, flats and bag, Rum Originals blazer, Swarovski necklace, Ardene earrings, Franck Herval ring, Lokai bracelet)

 

Old Port of Montreal

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Commonly called Vieux-Port in French, it is the historic port of Montreal that stretches along St-Lawrence River. Based on history books, old port is where trading happens long time ago but now it becomes recreational area and tourist spot.

 

I don’t really have a lot of photos in Old Port but it is like an old street of cobble stones and brick buildings. I will surely go back and show you how it look like, I am just waiting for the best season.

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Poutine! Yes, when you arrive in Montreal, always always Poutine. This is what my friends asked me to try when we went to old port. There were food trucks there that sells Poutine.

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This is well-known because it is being sold across Canada, but the fact is, it originated in Quebec so it is a must try when you arrive in Montreal. It is a French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy.

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Before the day ended, we climbed the 192-steps of Tour de l’Horloge or the Clock Tower to see this amazing view of Old Port at night time.

 

This is the last part of my 3 season summary. I will be making individual posts of my Spring experience because I now have the time and this come back is very official, no more MIA I promise.

 

If you missed the first 2 season summaries I made, click the links below:
My First Canadian Winter Experience
My First Canadian Fall Experience

 

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My first fall experience is exciting, I can say that it is the season I love the most, partly because I arrived on late summer and at that time it was already getting cold. So basically I was not able to experience the real summer while Winter on the other hand is the season “je deteste!” Right now, it is still a bit cold because it is still spring, but I don’t mind as long as I am not wearing the winter gear anymore.

 

By the time fall started, I was out and about with my newly found friends here in Montreal to visit exciting places.

 

(Outfit: H&M scarf, Point Zero coat, Jag jeans, Nike shoes)

 

Apple Picking at Verger Richard Legault

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I’ve never seen an Apple tree until I arrived in Canada, but I use to see a lot of movies were people are picking apples for a living. At that time, I was even wondering how it feels like to become an apple picker. Would I be eating and picking apples at the same time? Haha!

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The place we visited is Verger Richard Legault located at Saint-Joseph-du-Lac, it is outside Montreal. The entrance is free but you will have to buy a bag for you to place the apples. I already forgot how much it was, but that bag can really hold up to 30-40 pieces of apples.

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We were transported by this tractor to the Apple field, passing through lush green scenery of tall trees, cold wind on my face it feels very country.

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These are the apples we got. Too many in 1 bag so my friend and I decided to share 1 bag of apples.

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(Outfit: Belle Jean Clothing dress, Ardene leggings and earrings, Forever 21 ring, Parfois bag, H&M boots)

 

Mount Tremblant

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I was really happy we visited Mount Tremblant during Fall because trees are really beautiful with different colors. It was a few hours drive from Montreal, but even if it is a bit of a long drive, you will not get bored because you will see hills and mountains with different colors, it was a superb experience for me. All I uttered are ohhs and wows.

 

We joined a group of people in a tour bus because all of us are new comers in Canada and none of us own a car. Tour bus is fine but the disadvantage is that, the stay is shorter and you will be in a hurry because there is a given time for the tour and after that the bus will leave, and you don’t want to miss the bus. So it is always a good idea to go for a road trip in a car with friends.

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There are 2 cable cars that you need to ride on before you arrive at the peak. This is the first one, it is an open cable car and the ride is shorter.

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This is the second cable car, it is called Panorama Cable car, this time it is a closed cable car and the ride is longer but totally worth it because the view is so magnificent.

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Arrived at the peak and surprise it was 2 degrees, which is the coldest I’ve experienced at that time. We were doing picnic at the peak while shivering inside because we did not come very much prepared.

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Blessed to be with these beautiful girls; Margriet, Anne, Che, Marie, Matet and Belle. We are all new comers except Belle, the girl beside me who is also one of the closest friend I have in Canada.

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(Outfit Details: Le Chateau coat, Forever 21 leggings, H&M boots, Ardene scarf, Parfois bag, Nature Bijoux earrings)

 

Lake Cruise at Lac Des Sables

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En route to Montreal, we dropped by Lac Des Sables for a lake cruise. Another amazing experience for me, this is one of the best days of my life and I learned to appreciate the beauty of nature more.

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It was very cold outside but I surely don’t mind because the view is very picturesque, I took a thousand of snap shots.

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(Outfit Details: Le Chateau coat, Forever 21 leggings, H&M boots, Ardene scarf, Parfois bag, Nature Bijoux earrings)

 

Sherbrooke St.

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One of the things I do during my day off is to stroll around downtown. Supposed to be, me and my friend May are going to visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, but it was already closed when we arrived, so we just took a photo outside and stroll around Sherbrooke St.

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(Outfit Details: Zara top, J. Crew coat, Forever 21 leggings, Fergalicious by Fergie knee high boots, and Sfera bag)

 

Hopefully in the future, I will be able to give more information about the places that I will visit, but since this is just a summary of my Fall experience, I didn’t go much into details.

 

That’s it for now, I will be blogging my end of summer experience in my future post.

 

And if you missed my My First Canadian Winter Experience post, please click here.

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