52:500c – Week 31 – Vieux-Québec

If you live in Canada, the beauty of Old World Europe is distant, usually requiring a lot of money and a long flight, or does it? We have a little taste of Europe right here in North America. The Old City of Quebec is probably one of the most beautiful cities I’ve visited outside of Europe. With narrow streets that wind around each other, buildings that are older than the country itself. Oh, and did I mention it also still has parts of its walls.

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Quebec City was founded in 1608 by French Explorer Samuel de Champlain this city began a jumping off point that saw the expansion of New France. French control over what is now Canada lasted for over 100 years until the Seven Years War saw the quick and sudden end to French Rule in North America, the Seige of Quebec culminated into the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. But despite the religious and language differences the British passed the Quebec Act that allowed full freedom of language and religion. This plan kept the French Canadians from joining in the American Revolution. Of course, the snubbed Americans decided to attack Quebec City in the winter; it didn’t end well for the Americans. By the 19th-Century Quebec City was the seat of government for the British Colonies of North America and the third largest port on the continent. The City hosted the major Allied powers during the second world war twice to discuss such things as Operation Overlord and the occupation of Germany following the end of the War.

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I had been turned onto the idea of visiting Quebec City by my good friend James through his couple trips to the city and the photos he took while there. So adjusting my route on my East Coast road trip was easy as it was only a short four-hour drive north from Waterville, ME rather than take another two days and visit Boston and NYC. I had seen those cities before, while I had yet to visit Quebec City, so the choice was pretty clear. And I definitely will return one day to Quebec City with Heather. Maybe we’ll even take the train.

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Hasselblad 500c – Carl Zeiss Distagon 50mm 1:4 (Orange-22) – Rollei RPX 100 @ ASA-100
Kodak HC-110 Dil. B 9:00 @ 20C
Meter: Pentax Spotmeter V
Scanner: Epson V700
Editor: Adobe Photoshop CC (2015)

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