Our time in Quebec City was far too short. It is one oldest cities in the Americas and has retained much of the charm of the Old World. We had the feeling that we were someplace in France since the language is French and the architecture of the original stone buildings can still be viewed.
We arrived in Quebec City aboard the Maasdam cruise ship but it arrived at 7 a.m. and left at 3 p.m. leaving us less time to explore the city than we would have wished.
However we did find the square that is the heart of the Old Quebec noting the date of 1624 and the name of the founder, Jacques Cartier.
We also viewed the battlefield where the conflict between French and British forces took place in the 17th century that decided Canada would be British.
Strolling through P:lace Royale moves one back to the founding of that place in 1608. Old Quebec has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We enjoyed our wandering through the Quartier Petit Champlain with its cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways and quaint shops.
There are good reasons for Quebec City ranking as Canada's second most visited destination.