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QUÉBEC - Just You Singles Holidays

Date: 15th October 2017

The next stop on our travels was the city of Québec - probably the most French of all the Canadian cities. Most Canadians are bi-lingual and our Guide mentioned that in Montréal you are likely to be greeted with 'Good Day - Bonjour' but in Québec it is definitely the other way around.

The small Harbour/Port in Quebec is a World Heritage Site and has been faithfully produced from documents of the 17th Century - you really do feel you are walking around an old part of France.  In the middle of the square there's a large column with a Bust of Louis X1V - Why?  Because Louis financially sponsored some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673. They were single French women and orphans transported to Canada with their passage paid for by the King and in some cases with a royal gift of a dowry of 50 livres for their marriage to one of the many unmarried colonists. These gifts are reflected in some of the marriage contracts entered into by the ‘filles du roi’ at the time of their marriages.

Most of the millions of people of French Canadian descent today in Quebec, the rest of Canada and the USA are descendants of these courageous women of the 17th century.

(On line you can find a listing of the Filles due Roi and also a listing of the soldiers who married them - fascinating I think)

Québec is So…… French that one sees everywhere the Copper roofs so reminiscent of the French Chateaux. And one of the central parks has a huge statue to Joan of Arc to which our guide wickedly referred as ‘Joannie on her Pony’.

A group of us teemed up and went for a lovely leisurely French lunch with a bottle of Provençal Rosé. I’m no wine connoisseur but tend to favour the Rosés of Provence as being the most full bodied and driest- but that is only my choice.

By this time I was really 'falling in love with Canada' and wishing I had the wherewithal to have a home there.


QUÉBEC  - Just You Singles Holidays

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