One holiday, many names:
- The official name: Victoria Day
- The official Quebec Name: Journée Nationale des Patriotes
(National Patriots Day
)(previously Fête de Dollard
after Adam Dollard des Ormeaux
...but apparently they discovered he was not so heroic, and they changed the name of the holiday in 2003)
- The slang name: "In some parts of Canada, the holiday is colloquially known as May Two-Four.
This phrase has two meanings: the holiday always falls on the Monday of or before the birthday of Queen Victoria
on the 24th of May, and a two-four is Canadian slang
for a case of 24 bottles of beer, the most common packaging of Canadian beer
My advice: get as many holidays as names... or many holidays for one day (not the other way around).
After analysing many options on where to travel for this week-end, we decided to visit again Quebec City, as last time we did not really have time to visit it properly. (post1
Of course, after weeks of nice weather, we prepared for our first kind-of-summer week-end, as you can see from the pictures below (that was our travel-Italian-style-picnic on Saturday - picnic but with style), there were no clouds around and the weather was warm. Of course, the day after it was super cold and rainy. (Thanks Murphy).
Therefore on Sunday... our plan B was to eat...(OK let's call it culinary tourism, which sounds better than the real reason for it: restaurants are usually dry and warm) and to visit Quebec City by bus, which was not in our plans at first (Quebec City is small enough to just walk around).
However, it turned out to be a savvy decision. Robert was our bi-lingual guide and driver.
We discovered many nice places, restaurants and interesting history of the City of Quebec,
the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist (it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1985)
- there are cannons all over the city
- the city main employer is the government
- the famous Hôtel de Frontenac actually is not that straight... Quebec has it's own Pisa tower (well, hotel)
- if you want to buy a church building.... go to Quebec City, there are many on sale
Of course Monday was a sunny day (I guess the weather did not realize it was a holiday...otherwise it would have been another rainy day... is there something worse than bad weather during the week-end and good weather as soon as the working week starts? .... well I guess there is, but you see my point!)
- If you really, really, but I mean...really really like winter, there is also a famous Winter Festival held February: it's called the Carnaval de Québec
) and it is the biggest winter carnival in the world, (I should not tell you this...as it's the direct competition to Ottawa's Winterlude...where we also have a lot of snow).