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Showing posts with label Quebec City. Show all posts

Staying at Best Western Plus Québec City, Canada

Whenever we go traveling, finding hotel or accommodation that will suit our family best is always be on top of our priorities.

The view from our room

Usually, my kids always sweetly request for warm breakfast and swimming pool whenever we go out on the road. Well, it's not always the case as sometimes we don't even have time for a leisure moment by the pool because of the limited time we have or simply because we are too tired after exploring one city or traveling from one to another :).

Tapi untuk perjalanan spring break kali ini, saya mencoba semaksimal mungkin mencari akomodasi yang nyaman dan asyik buat anak-anak. Agak berbeda dengan perjalanan kami sebelumnya, road trip kali ini memang minus mengunjungi tempat bermain atau wahana khusus anak-anak. Maafkeun kalau Bapak et Mama agak egois tahun ini ya nak, bukannya main ke theme parks malah nonton konser Bon Jovi >_< :). That's why, selagi bisa menemukan hotel oke yang kolam renangnya asyik, insya Allah Bo et Obi will love it!

And our choice in the first city of the our Spring Break road trip 2017 is Best Western Plus Centre-Ville Québec City.

Arriving in the middle of the night and amidst the heavy rain, we were greeted with smile at the front desk. Exactly what we needed after more than 8 hours on the road.

Check-in process was fast and easy, so we could directly get our room key and had a good night sleep.

our bed

We got two double beds room for 4 people and the beds are comfy, so are the pillows.

The room is equipped with facilities such as flat screen TV, coffee maker, toiletries, ironing board, and safety box. And one important thing, free wifi! :)

The hotel is only 7-10 minutes drive from the old town and other attractions, so perfect for me and my family. 

As my kids requested, the hotel has indoor pool as well. 
It is not that big but it's enough for us and it has spa, towel and some lounging chairs. 
So we're good :).

enjooooy :)

It has fitness center and business center, should you need one.

Right across the main entrance, we found beautiful mural and we surely took some poses there.

With only USD 69 or CAD 94.23 (before tax), this property is a great and affordable choice for you who would visit Quebec.

Highly recommended!

Best Western Plus City Centre/Centre-Ville
330 Couronne St, Québec City, QC G1K 6E6, Canada
Phone: +1 418 649 1919

As I have shared before, Québec City is a beautiful city to explore. 

Rich in history and truly reminds me of Europe, particularly France, Québec City is manageable to explore it on foot. The people is friendly and we really love the Old Town of Québec City, so many interesting landmarks and architecture you can enjoy. 

Too bad we only had 1 day and when we were there, the weather was not very friendly as it was raining all day long, cold and windy. Even that didn't stop us from exploring the old town, enjoying plaines d'Abraham, le jardin Jeanne d'Arc and Chatéau Frontenac and Terrase Dufferin. Old town is also packed with lovely restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops! Read the complete story here at In Love with Quebec City.

Till next story :)!

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How is your spring break?

We have just come back from Boston and the surrounding cities last weekend, as we continue our spring break road trip during the Easter holiday.

the 'fake' John Harvard said hi :)

Tired? indeed.
But super excited as well!

We went to Boston, followed the Freedom trail (and again, this trip is inspired by Bo's Social Studies lesson at school :)), visited Harvard University as well as Salem, stopping at the famous Salem Witch Museum.

a brief stop at Salem Witch Museum, Massachusetts 

Of course, as always, we took tons of photos and I have intended to write all those strories of our trip in my blog. I hope you are patient enough to wait for that :).

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In love with Québec City

"Ma, what time is it?"
"It's midnight, Obi. You're good?"
"Yes, I am.. Are we here? Are we going to see the old town and go to the terrace?
"Oh yes we will..but not until we have some sleep tonight."


Chateau Frontenac, Québec City, Canada

We just arrived at Best Western Centre Ville Québec City when Obi, enthusiastically helped me with the luggages, shots me with questions about the old City of Québec. Along the way, before the kids fell to sleep, we talked a lot about this historical city where French is mostly spoken. I told Bo that perhaps it's about time to revive his long-lost French, the language he learnt and spoke on his childhood in Geneve, Switzerland.

Dan perjalanan darat kami di Spring Break tahun 2017 pun dimulai!
Super excited indeed.
Soalnya, traveling saat spring break memang selalu saya, - tepatnya kami :), nanti-nantikan. Setelah hampir setahun bekerja tanpa jeda, kecuali akhir pekan dan libur pendek, akhirnya cuti saya disetujui untuk spring break tahun ini.
Yang notabene adalah cuti musim semi terakhir kami di New York City.
Yup! tidak terasa sudah hampir empat tahun kami meninggalkan tanah air dan awal tahun 2018 nanti, sudah waktunya kami kembali ke pangkuan bumi pertiwi.

Seperti yang sudah saya ceritakan di teaser Spring Break Road Trip 2017, the Frakarsas sudah siap menjejakkan kaki di tempat-tempat baru yang belum pernah kami jelajahi sebelumnya.
Aaaaah, ngga sabar rasanya! 
Apalagi itinerary kali ini lumayan juga.
Mampir di dua negara dan setiap hari at least satu kota yang dijelajahi.
Udah kebayang kan sengklek dan serunya hahahaha.

And after driving non-stop from New York City for approximately 9 hours, with one bathroom stop with non-stop rain along the way, there we were. 

Bienvenue à Québec City.

The mural near our hotel at Centre Ville, Quebec City

As we arrived in the dead of the night, we took the liberty to sleep until 9 AM  that morning.
We stayed at Best Western Centre-Ville and it was located only around 10 minutes from the old town. The only problem was it felt like winter down here!
Minus 4 degree C or approximately around 24 degree F, with rain and freezing cold :).
We didn't really expect it to be that cold! 
Even with all our winter-to-spring clothes, we knew it was coldy cold and the fact that we were super tired from our 9-hour drive didn't help the situation.

Having said that, it didn't dampen our spirit to stroll around this beautiful city.
With some changes in our itinerary, we decided to take the car and drive around the places and stop whenever possible, instead of walking around the city as we originally intented. 
On my list, I had tons of places that we would like to explore, mostly by foot.
For sure, Vieux-Québec or the Old Québec dominated our previous itinerary which underwent major changes adjusting the weather.
But hey...we were in Québec and as long as we can enjoy our trip, we're good :).

After checking out from the hotel, as we would continue our journey later that day to Montréal, we managed to sneak out for a while and take pictures at the murals near our hotel, with Bo et Obi posing on the wall :).


Our journey in Québec City started with the visit to Plains of Abraham and Garden of Joan d'Arc or le Jardin de Jeanne d'Arc.

the tough lady, Joan d'Arc
As you can see, snow is still piling here and there.
Even at the Plains of Abraham and the Battlefield Park, everywhere you see is white.
After 5 minutes out taking pictures here and there, I couldn't feel my hands beneath the gloves :). It was like a natural warning from my body to stop and warm up right away.
I know the weather forecast said it was only minus 4 degree, but I guess with the constant rain and strong wind, it was far colder than that.

we were soooo close to the Citadelle..

We wanted to see the Citadelle but it was raining cats and dog so we got back to our car and drove around again, while waiting for the rain to stop. It took a while before the rain slightly died down and we could walk out again.

Then we headed to the Old Québec through Porte Saint Jean.
As you probably know already, Québec is a fortified city, being a fortress capital of the New France back in the 17th century. All the remaining landmarks are still beautifully preserved here in this city, including the gates and the wall surrounding the Old Town.

So, af the rain subsided, we managed to get a parking near Terrace Dufferin.
Terrassee Dufferin is beautifully situated near the Promenade des Gouverneurs at Quartier Petit Champlain, overlooking the lovely Rive du Saint Laurent or St. Lawrence River.
Although the sky was grey and the wind was bone-chilling, it didn't stop us from enjoying this natural beauty, although not for long.

at Terrace Dufferin, with Chateau Frontenac at the back..

And of course, the famous Chateau Frontenac is standing majestically near us.
Through the test of time, this chateau is claimed to be one of the most photographed chateau! I can clearly see why.
It's just simply beautiful!

With all those details, red bricks and outstanding rooftops, you should not miss Chateau Frontenac while you're visiting Québec.

We then continued to explore Vieux-Québec and strolled around Place d'Armes, Hôtel-de-ville and the Chatedral, Basilique-Chatédrale Notre-Dame de Québec. 

Sometimes, I just pointed and shot without knowing exactly what it was or where we were :).
The city is simply beautiful.
Not to mention that it is manageable to see this grandeur of the past by foot, especially when the weather permits. 

And finally, before we left the city, we found the famous mural of the city of Québec, Fresque de Québecois.
Such a unique fresco depicting famous and historical characters from this region's colorful history in a colorful setting!

Do you recognize some of the famous people in this mural?

Oh...and we tried our first plate of poutine as well here!
It's the French fries covered with brown gravy and white cheddar cheese curds.
It's so yummy I forgot to take picture of it :). 

Well, although the weather was not very friendly, but we are in love with Québec City!

Besides our home country Indonesia, we have been missing Europe where we spend the last 4 years living and exploring this lovely continent. Those constant and intensive traveling and  living in a close-knit community, we have to admit that we miss Europe.

Now, while living in the US which literally put us in another vast continent, our visit to Québec City quenched our thirst and longing for those intimate feelings while living in Europe. 
When I was holding hands with my hubby and strolling around the city in that cold, windy day, he caught my eyes and broke a smile. I knew he was thinking the same way!
We feel it!
Sort of a feeling of 'It's good to be back' :).
People speaking French (and English as well), cobbled streets and squares, narrow alleys, grandeur Chateau and statues are only a few things that warm our hearts.
We made the right decision to visit this incredible city.

Merci beaucoup, Québec.
I hope we can come back again here one day.

Now, it's time to continue our spring break road trip.
And next, we'll stop at Montréal.
Will be back with more stories and photos!