From South Lancaster we drove on the "Chemin du Roy" or King's Highway via Trois Riviere to Quebec City.
Village markets were filled with asparagus, new potatoes, strawberries and spring bulbs. Picturesque french homes welcomed in spring and summer with an assortment of chairs set outside in their gardens, under leafy trees, on the banks of the river, in fact anywhere they could get a glimpse of the watery sunshine.
One of the most photographed hotels in the world Le Chateau Frontenac towers over Vieux-Quebec, the lower town. 'Normand' was our extremely friendly and efficient server He had spent the last 37 years working in the hotel. Quebec City is romantic, chic and elegant, with a definite European flair. Many steps take you to the lower town where quirky cafes are jammed in between trendy boutiques, stone churches and the tourist shops. A 15 minute ferry ride takes you to Levis on the opposite side of the St Lawrence seaway where we got magnificent views of the fortified walls of the city.
For 152 years Quebec City was under French rule, 148 years under the British and the last 100 under Canadian rule. It has a remarkable history, from battles fought on the Plains of Abraham to present day historical tours, shows and cabarets.