Disposable Camera Tour
Inside Old Quebec City
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A fort or castle? Nope. It's a giant hotel. Le Chateau Frontenac dwarfs the lower portion of the city below. How many other historic landmarks have their own swimming pool? Americans under Gen. Benedict Arnold failed to take the city by siege in the 1700s. Today Americans can be taken here nightly for as much as $300 per room. There are 612 rooms in all, some going for as little as $99 if you book ahead. Stay here your first night and then find cheaper lodging. This crummy photo was taken from a ferry crossing the St. Lawrence.
Originally designed to keep foreigners out, this protective wall encircling the city now keeps tourists in. Bring good walking shoes! There is a lot to see. Rebuilt to accommodate visitors, the city is almost unbearably charming. The Canadian exchange rate makes the trip feel especially affordable. New Hampshire could learn a lot about tourism from these people.
Samuel de Champlain sailed up the St. Lawrence in 1608 to establish a Canadian trading post with the natives. His statue in the Place d' Armes is a reminder that the French allied themselves with local tribes that had been here for 12,0000 years. New Hampshire settlers mostly drove Native Americans out of their homelands, and many settled in Quebec. New Hanoshire founder David Thomson, a trader and a fisherman, is credited with treating Indians fairly in the 1620s
The streets are alive with music and theater, but this corporeal mime has the best gig of all. He stands motionless at the base of Champlain's statue giving visitors a subtle "thumbs-up" whenever a coin clinks into his donation basket.
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All photos by J. Dennis Robinson and Ann McKone
taken with $10 disposable cameras.
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