Monday, March 7, 2011

Snow in Quebec City


Snow in Quebec City, originally uploaded by susanvg.
Mon pays c'est l'hiver - Gilles Vigneault (my country is winter)

A snowy, rainy, slushy, freezing rain day in Quebec City - but the weather did not dampen my enthusiasm for the architecture. Much of old Quebec has been preserved and their are strict rules as to what can be done to buildings. Some date as far back as the 1600s (Quebec was founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608).
Vieux Quebec

The Catholic Church wielded a lot of power over the people of Quebec for many years. Churches are prominent in all parts of the city.

Vieux Quebec

Quebec is one of the snowiest cities on the planet. Many homes have steeply sloping roofs, but snow still accumulates. It is not unusual to see ladders set up for the roof cleaners. In milder weather, walk far from the houses as snow and ice can drop unexpectedly.
Vieux Quebec

Gabled windows are a common architectural feature in Old Quebec.

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The houses are often made of stone. Everything looks so solid.

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4 comments:

  1. A great tour of Quebec City. It's like walking through the past. Those roofs really are angled sharply. We had to have our roof in the mountains shoveled twice this winter - so much snow! The colors of the buildings are a stark contrast to the white of the snow.

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  2. Love the architecture of the old buildings! How very pretty!

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  3. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit here, despite the weather. I find the most beautiful time of year to tour around is November. You have the beautiful fall colours but the streets aren't too crowded.

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  4. What a beautiful set, everything is so picturesque

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