Wednesday, December 27, 2017


Ciel was recommended by the same person who recommended Le Chic Shack. She hit another home run.

Ciel is a revolving restaurant on top of Hôtel le Concorde. You can park in the hotel's basement. Be sure and take your ticket with you since Ciel will give you a discount card that you can use when you leave the garage.

We made our reservation for about 30 minutes before sunset and that was perfect. A complete rotation takes 90 minutes. There are 2 rows of tables, an inside row and an outside row. We got an outside table but the views are great from either.

After our experience on Île d'Orléans we were thrilled with the food and service at Ciel.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Quartier Petit Champlain

Quartier Petit Champlain is the lower part of Vieux-Québec. Think of it as the French Quarter of Québec City.

You can get to Quartier Petit Champlain by L'Escalier Casse-Cou (Breakneck Steps) or Funiculaire du Vieux Québec. Spend your 3,00$ and enjoy the view during the ride.

As we strolled the narrow streets of Quartier Petit Champlain we came across Le Casse Cou. There is seating inside and out and is good for a relaxed lunch. Or a cold beer!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Île d'Orléans

It wouldn't be a vacation without a trip to an island. There's always something different to explore on Île d'Orléans.

La Nougaterie Québec

As we rode around on Île d'Orléans we passed by La Nougaterie Québec. We turned around and went back. Nougats remind me of France so we had to have some.

Vignoble Ste-Pétronille

We came across Vignoble Ste-Pétronille, a winery with a tasting room and had to stop. They were very helpful in selecting some wines and we left with a small selection.

The vineyards were a perfect place for a photo.

Promenade Horatio Walker

Horatio Walker was a famous Canadian artist who lived on Île d'Orléans. This hard to find street leads to his house but also was the terminus of the ice bridge that was used in the winters before the Pont de Île d'Orléans was built.

The Promenade has great views of Québec City and Chute-Montmorency.

Oh, how to find it? When you get to Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orleans, you just passed it.

Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orleans

Just beyond Promenade Horatio Walker is Chocolaterie de l'Ile d'Orleans. You can smell the aroma when you step out of the car. If the chocolate isn't enough to tempt you there's a restaurant that serves crème glacée.

Auberge La Goéliche

On the very tip of Île d'Orléans is Auberge La Goéliche, a hotel/restaurant. The views of Québec City and the St. Lawrence are incredible.

The restaurant caters primarily to the hotel guests. When we arrived we were asked what room we were staying in. The menu was very limited. We had the halibut and the lamb chop. The halibut was fine but the lamb chop was fatty and tough. And the table service was slow.

Enjoy the views from the parking lot and eat somewhere else.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017


Chute-Montmorency is a staple of our visits to Québec. We actually hadn't planned on visiting it on this trip but when we passed by we were just drawn to its awesomeness. It's so close that you can see it from Vieux Québec.

It's 100 feet higher than Niagara Falls and can be explored by foot, by cable car or even by zipline for the adventurous.

There's a great restaurant at the top where we have eaten before.

On this trip we just walked across the pedestrian bridge at the foot of the falls.