Greetings from Quebec City!
We embarked on the ms Eurodam yesterday, after flying into Quebec City Saturday night. What a beautiful city!
Quebec City is one of only two walled cities in North America (the other one is in Mexico), and the site of the most decisive battle for the control of Canada – the Plains of Abraham. The old city has a distinct feel of Europe with its layers of history entwined and the narrow cobbled streets and alleys full of painters showing their wares. Cafes everywhere!
The autumn leaves are just getting started here, and the chilly winds have picked up so it really feels like fall.
We got a 2 hour tour yesterday, courtesy of an old friend of mine, Bill Russell, who has been living here for quite a while. He’s learned a lot about the history of the place from licensed tour guides, and was full of wonderful stories about the places, people, and events from the past.
My husband John is an engineer. In Canada, professional engineers wear iron rings, and the story behind this custom has a connection to Quebec City. We stopped by the bridge below for pictures, and heard the whole story from Bill. During construction, the bridge fell down TWICE! In both cases, it was because of errors in calculations by the bridge designers/engineers. It is said that the first iron rings were made from the steel from this bridge, to remind engineers that mistakes can be costly (and fatal) and that they should always check their calculations. Bill added some more to the story. The local priest visited the building site during construction and heard the men swearing as they worked. He told them that God would not be pleased and there would be tragedy if they didn’t stop swearing. He was right; the bridge fell down and killed many people. The priest visited the site the second time and they were still swearing. He told them again, and again they continued, and AGAIN the bridge fell down. I guarantee that the third time, NOBODY was swearing on the work site!!!
What a generous thing for Bill to do, take us around, and on his birthday, too! He dropped us off at the ship just before 1pm.
We set sail this evening, and there’ll be lots of parties aboard the ship. We’ve already met our quilters at our opening event last night, and I got them all singing along with the Carnival song, “Song of the Mira”, “Farewell to Nova Scotia”, “The MTA” and “On Broadway”, plus a few others – all songs about our ports of call! It’s a great group we have, and our quilting fun begins tomorrow with our first day “at sea”, and our first day of quilt classes.
I’ll check in again from Charlottetown.
Bon voyage to me!
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