It snowed today! It was our first time seeing real snow! It’s very different than I imagined, because real snow is tiny and soft! Since it was snowing and we didn’t know what else to do in Quebec, we took a tour bus to the countryside to see Montmorency Falls.
Here we are at Manoir Montmorency:
The Montmorency Falls are taller than Niagra falls. However, the Niagra Falls are much wider. As you can see below, the water is quite yellow compared to the snow. I wonder why…?
Back on the tour bus, we passed by some quaint Quebec country houses. I thought the placement of the firewood underneath the porch was a really cool blend of functional design. Quebec houses are known to have curved roof edges to prevent the snow from falling. The second house (right) is a vacated bed and breakfast. It looks like a creepy mansion.
The next two stops were a famous Copper Art Museum and Chez Marie. The lady on the left is the daughter of a famous copper artist named Albert Gilles. She showed us how they handcraft their copper art. We also stopped by Chez Marie, a bakery and maple product store (right). Their breads are home baked in 150-year-old ovens!
The last stop of the tour was a famous Basilica: Sainte Anne de Beaupre. In the center image, my sister is opening the copper door entrance to the Basilica. These doors were created by the famous Albert Gilles from the copper art museum! Outside, there was a stunning bust of Mother Mary and inside the Basilica was huge!!!
The tour dropped us back off in old town Quebec and we had a late night dinner at McDonald’s. There’s something about traveling that makes you miss foods that are familiar to you.
Oh wait, our night didn’t end there. We went ice-skating in the snow! We never get snow in Southern California and ice skating is usually done inside an indoor rink. So this was definitely new to us.
Finally, we headed back to our cozy hostel. On the top left, my sister is pointing at “cubby #2.” My cousin (top right) is taking in the view of my disco ball I purchased at a souvenir shop. (I planned on installing it in our chicken coop for our chickies to have a ball). Excuse our mess. The boys side (lower left) was totally wrecked…and ours (lower right) was even worse! 🙂