Wednesday, June 3, 2015

St Anne's Carhedral and Hotel le Ferme


This was the coolest picture at our hotel in Quebec City..


It was a very modern hotel called the Grand Times Hotel with cement loft like rooms. 
I love how they did a 3-D image of original...can you imagine OH&S these days if a bunch of workers sat so casual on a beam these days!!!



We have had no agenda but to stop at what ever catches our eye.

We have seen a lot of impressive churches but for some reason we stopped at this one in Baie St Paul.

It was SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!

It's the St Anne's Cathedral and was open for viewing as mass was being said...


This statue was huge. At least 30 feet in the air!!





The carving and stone work were massive and awesome.  


The doors were engraved brass on every entrance


Inside and out...



The floors were mosaiced everywhere...


The arches were mosaiced...



It was absolutely breath taking!!!



Arnold was in the car because he didn't want to walk in the rain.

I texted him to GET IN HERE NOW!!!

This pillar was lined with crutches from those who were healed...


I know pictures will never show the true magnificence of this church but maybe you can zoom in.


These were the arches of the main part of the church. Etched and gold laiden...



The columns were like huge old oak trees...



The stain glass was brilliant and it was a grey day.  We could only imagine the colours if it had been sunny!!


The baptismal fountain..


It was amazing...



Built in 1898
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We tried some cider at the ciderie...



Stopped at a fromagieries and bought some 1608 cheese.


We have tried to find an alpaca farm just for Carlynn but no luck so far...just products...

 Our ROOM-S was huge at the petit pavilion at the Fairmont..


While Justin stayed in the Fairmont Richelieu.....cute but not 2 queens and a king bed with fireplace and 2 bathrooms!!!
For supper we took the Via train......


And tried local white beer....


To Hotel Le Ferme...


This was a farm run by nuns as they looked after the insane, handicapped and elderly.  The owner of Circe de Soliel purchased the farm but it burned down in 2007. He built a hotel on the same land in tribute of the farm.

So everything is farm inspired....


From all the decor...

Old barn board..


Even the bathroom signs were farmer style..


Love the boots...


An old spring mattress with grasses planted beneath...



This was a look at the original structure that was used by the nuns...


They even had little farmer nuns in the scene...



I haven't found an excellent sight to refer you to but it's well worth the hunt for the history of this unique farm...


Even an old time sled...for seven!!!


The next day Arnold and I cruised around the area...


We drove up to Sageunay,Qc just to see the area...
 

All of Quebec is beautiful....


We stopped in at a potter and metal worker family...


The husband made the iron work for these incredible tables made of salvaged maples..


He was born in Edmonton so knew some English.  It was far better than my French!!,

Between our limited knowledge of each other's language we had a great conversation!!


One thing we have noticed is that where we fly the Canadian flag, they fly the Quebec flag. A different kind of patriotic I guess..  

I think of myself as a Canadian who lives in Saskatchewan where they think of themselves as a québécois living in Canada.  Even the licence plates say 'I am sovereign'


The saga continues...

Christa 

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