Most people go someplace warm to get away from the winter blues.  Not us…we always go north and this year it was Quebec City.  We spent our honeymoon here 42 years ago so instead of going to an Elvis Chapel, (he really wants to do this) we stayed at the same hotel, ate at the same restaurants, walked the same streets, shopped and discovered new shops and markets.  What we loved is for the 42 yrs that passed, the hotel and restaurants were spotless, and same quality of service and food we remembered.

I love my job!

I love my job!

The Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac was under construction.  All the rooms  and common areas that were open were beautifully designed, contemporary and warm. Staff so proud of serving guests and for the entire hotel to reopen this spring. Nothing dingy about this magnificent structure with all its history.

Anciens Canadiens Restaurant

Anciens Canadiens Restaurant

 

The oldest restaurant in Quebec City Anciens Canadiens had the same blue and white dishes and tablecloths.  They laughed when we told them how we celebrated 42 years ago and they said they replaced the chairs.  We bought the wine glasses with the logo which they were happy to sell us. Same delicious escargot, game, and desserts made with maple syrup.

St Lawrence Ferry

St Lawrence Ferry

Had to go on a ferry ride to the other side…BRRRRR

Mud Season for them is a long way away as the snow was deeper than ever and still snowing.  But Beautiful!

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As they say in Canada, it is not a snowstorm unless you have to dig your way out your front door. Shovel stays inside!

On a personal note, we decided that we are the same persons we were during our honeymoon.  We really have not changed at all. And that’s a good thing.

Point to note of this story: Really like the person you choose to be with because they are NEVER CHANGIN’.

WOMEN IN THE NEWS

My friend Michelle who is a product manager for Crate was traveling in China.  She posted a picture on Facebook which I was curious about because Facebook is banned in China.  She writes “I was unable to use Facebook while in China, as it is blocked there.  It was only once I arrived in Beijing that I discovered a loop hole (data roaming), and was able to connect briefly.  Made me think of the issues happening in Turkey over twitter, too and how powerful social media is.  We are lucky to be able to access it whenever we want.” 

Michelle Obama spoke of this topic last week in China while traveling with her daughters.  She stressed that freedom of speech, particularly on the internet and in the news media provided the foundation for a vibrant society. “…we see that countries are stronger and more prosperous when the voices and opinions of all citizens are heard.” read more In Beijing Talk, Michelle Extols Free Speech 

I decided not to pay for internet either at the hotel daily or my program…as it was very expensive.  I  started pacing so peaked at e mail for a half hour at the business center and it still cost me $20.  Whew…had to take some deep breaths.  Try going cold turkey  for 5 days…you might break out in hives.