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Q is for Québec City, Dessert Carts and Bonhomme, A to Z Challenge 2013

Québec City Dessert Cart, 1983.
Québec City Dessert Cart, 1983. Photo by Margaret Almon.

Q is for Québec City, and my first visit to Eastern Canada in 1983, and my second in 1985.  I went on a French exchange trip to Edmundston, NB in grade 10, where all the kids took pity on us Western Canadians and spoke to us in English. We had a day trip to Québec City, where all the signs are in French, and there are buildings made of stone, which was impressive to an Alberta girl from a city celebrating its 75th Anniversary.  Even more impressive was the dessert cart in the café where several of us went with the Spanish teacher.  It was a cart of beauty.

Château Frontenac, Québec City, 1985.
Château Frontenac, Québec City, 1985. Photo by Margaret Almon.

Two years later, when I had moved to Bethlehem, PA, my friend Ruth from Edmonton, and I planned a trip to meet in Montréal, and then travel to Québec City to stay with her aunt, and check out the city.  The  Château Frontenac is on a cape, rising above the city, and overlooks the St. Lawrence River.  I didn’t know what a dormer was called, but I loved the windows with topped with  miniature towers.

Margaret and Bonhomme de Neige, 1985.
Margaret and Bonhomme de Neige, 1985. Photo by Ruth Dupuit.

Ruth took this photo of me in front the Bonhomme, mascot of the winter Carnavale which is an observance of Mardi Gras.  Note my hair had grown out from an accidental buzzcut(maybe a more common occurance in the 1980’s than in other eras), the asymmetrical ruffle on my tshirt, and the very stylish velcro fastened powder blue runners(as I called them in Canada).  Ruth wrote a caption on the back of the photo:  Typical Tourist.

My previous A to Z posts.

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A to Z Blogging Challenge April 2013

5 comments

  1. Snowcatcher says:

    You look so different with short hair! I, too, love the dormers, but the dessert cart probably would have hogged up all my attention.

    • Mary – I didn’t even know my hair was as curly as it was because I had my hair short so much of the time.

      Snowcatcher – The dessert cart definitely had the lion’s share of my attention.

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