|Rue du Petit-Champlain at Night
||[Jul. 13th, 2007|07:38 am]
Rue du Petit-Champlain is Quebec city's tourist zone. While the Old City is considered the touristy area, in reality, it's much more just a collection of boutique shops and overpriced restaurants, surrounded by old buildings and lovely architecture. It's about as tourist-focused as Manhattan... which is to say, it's a big draw for the non-locals, but it's not specifically catered to them.
Rue du Petit-Champlain, on the other hand, has pretty much NOTHING but tourist souvenir shops. Dozens of them, all lined up in a row by the water. Native Canadian art, art shops, craft shops, crappy t-shirt shops galore, etc. She wanted to go to check it out, but when we got there, we rapidly discovered there wasn't much to see (this isn't to say we didn't look ANYway, as we're both avid shopping fanatics).
To GET to Rue du Petit-Champlain from the Old City, you have to either take a cable car or walk down an ungodly number of stairs, as it's a good 70-100 feet below the rest of the town. We opted for the free route (stairs), which wasn't so bad going down.
On the way back UP we saw some old guy who just didn't seem to be able to complete the climb. We sat and discussed for a bit over whether or not we should go down and help him -- not wanting him to feel pitied, but not wanting someone who genuinely needed help to go without. Before we got a chance, though, he got back up and huffed it up the rest of the stairs.
Quebec city was quite lovely for an afternoon/evening/morning sort of visit. Arriving mid afternoon and leaving just after lunch the following day. I can't imagine what people would do there for days at a time, but I suppose I've never been one much for cities. Nice restaurants. Some nice shopping. But life... life is out there in the hills and along the coastline villages. THAT'S where the excitement happens.