This was our first full day in Quebec. And full it was.
Last night, after finding a Tim Horton’s nearby, we staked out a spot to park and sleep. For some reason I didn’t feel entirely secure in that spot, and woke up a couple times in the night, so first thing this morning we moved. After hitting Tim Horton’s for bathroom and breakfast.
I feel much happier in our new spot.
Also this morning we bathed. There is a faucet here in this parking lot for the purpose of filling the water tanks in RVs, so we simply filled a bin with (cold) water and washed with a cloth. I dunked my hair into the bin as well. Knowing that bathing might be problematic sometimes on this trip I decided against my usual products and opted for baby soap and mane and tail spray conditioner. Its designed for horses but does a great job on people too, detangling even my hair no problem. Isaac is easy to bathe, but washing myself was a bit of a challenge given the complete lack of privacy. But I managed, and felt pretty clean.
Having been in Quebec city a couple times before, I decided driving the truck into the old city was not a good idea. However the city transit buses stop right by our parking lot, so we caught a bus.
The bus let us off right outside the gates of Rue St. Jean. Exactly where I wanted to be. It’s Summer Fest this week in Quebec City! Festival d’ete de Quebec! Its a big music festival over 10 days with acts big and small and immense! Tonight Lionel Richie plays the main stage on the Plains of Abraham. Later this week Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Our Lady Peace, and many others. Too bad I didn’t know my favourite band, Tower of Power played last night.
The stage at Rue St. Jean is a free show every day and from there we caught a shuttle to Place de la Famille le Lait. Family Place sponsored by Milk. There the circus school had activities set up for kids, including a little zip-line. Guess whose 3 year old is brave enough to go zip-lining! Mine!
Isaac had fun riding the train, watching the equestrian circus show, zip-lining, playing with random children, getting wet with motion triggered sprayers, etc.
The Family Place is set up down by the quays and the shuttle bus stopped at 5:00, so we walked back up the steep streets into the old city. We wandered around a bit, watched a busker perform his comedy, juggling, balancing act, ate in an Irish Pub, then caught the bus back to the truck.
On the way to the bus stop we saw a street performance troupe dressed as giant horses. They had a drummer on a wheeled platform being pushed up the street by one guy, and they ran up and down and danced and posed. It was cool. It scared Isaac a bit when they charged by him, but we followed the show all the way up Rue St. Jean. A very energetic performance, for dancers, drummer, and crew.
Now we just have to visit Tim Horton’s again for tea and pee, then its bed time.