Anniversary Trip to Quebec City
Two years of marriage and counting! We weren’t able to celebrate our one-year anniversary because Dom was away at a work training for four months (so glad that’s over). This year we wanted to make up for it by planning a weeklong getaway with three weeks to plan it. We came really close to jumping on a plane to Paris, but in the end decided to road-trip to Canada. Paris, we’ll get to you eventually.
Road trips are my favorite, especially with Dom. We could talk for hours despite seeing each other every day. Our seven hour journey was filled with a lot of laughter and good snacks. A few hours into the trip, we found ourselves on the northern back roads of Maine. Cellphone service, radio stations, and rest stops were out of reach. The rest of our route was mapped out on paper. After miles of colorful trees, mountain views, and logging trucks, we finally crossed the Canadian border. It was so exciting and such a cool experience to drive into another country.
Instead of staying at a hotel, we rented a condo that was walking distance to everything. Upon our arrival, we cracked open a bottle of champagne (that was never opened from our wedding day), played some blues, and danced while we overlooked the city. It’s one of our happiest memories, being silly and savoring the moment.
Quebec City is rich in history and one of the oldest cities in North America. Samuel de Champlain founded the city in 1608. It overlooks the Saint Lawerence River and Laurentian mountains (which we could see from our condo). Inside the fortification walls of the Old City is beautiful architecture, quaint shops, dozens of restaurants, and art galleries galore. The language is predominately French, which made it so fun when talking with locals. It felt like we were so much further away from home. The steep sidewalks and cobblestone roads led to some beautiful views. One of our favorite sights was the Château Frontenac, a historic hotel that opened in 1893. We loved walking around Old Quebec City, admiring the scenery, and people watching from big coffee shop windows.
Towards the end of our trip, a local art gallery owner recommended we check out a waterfall nearby. Montmorency Falls is higher than Niagara Falls by ninety-eight feet. We walked across a suspension bridge over the summit that provided some incredible views (you can see a tiny glimpse of it in the photo below). In the distance was an island situated in the Saint Lawerence River. Afterwards, we ventured over a bridge onto Île d’Orleans. The island’s scenic views did not disappoint. In fact, it was one of our favorite parts of the entire trip. We drove down winding country roads, stopped at an apple orchard, and tasted local cider.
During the day, tourists flood Quebec City. If you want to see things without the hustle and bustle, walk around at night when all the cruise ships and bus tours have left. The sounds of saxophonists and pianists fill the streets. Colorful lights reflect on the historic buildings. It also gives you the opportunity to view Notre-Dame-des-Victoires church without hundreds of people standing in front of it. This little church was a filming location for Catch Me If You Can (a movie I’ve yet to see).
Celebrating and reflecting on your marriage is so important. It doesn’t have to be through long trips or extravagant gestures. Spend time together, reminisce about the dating years, laugh and create new memories. Quebec City hits the top of the list of places we’ve been, especially for a romantic getaway. Everywhere we walked was straight out of a movie (literally and figuratively). It was the perfect place to celebrate our marriage and the blessings God has given us. Here’s to the next year, my love!