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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Christmas in Quebec City

Hi Everyone,
Just one short week away from Christmas, can you believe it?
I know you are all busy planning, doing last minute shopping, baking, decorating, and more!
Such a busy time of year, isn't it?
I am trying hard to not get stressed from all of the
"should do's" and "need to do's",
and instead
remember the real reason for the season.

Hubby and I returned last night from a trip to Quebec City.  It was our third time there, and is such a magical place at Christmas time!
Thought I'd share a few photos with you today of our getaway.
Here was our home away from home, the historic Chateau Frontenac!
 I felt like a princess staying here:)
Quebec City is not a cheap place to visit, but thankfully for us Americans the exchange rate is great for us now!
So now is the perfect time to visit!
Loved our room, my photo just doesn't do it justice.
And here is the view out our window!
 When visiting Quebec City, you truly feel as if you are in a quaint village in the heart of France.
French is the language spoken, and of course all of the signs, menus, etc are in French.
And the architecture is amazing!
 The city really goes all out decorating for Christmas.
I was just mesmerized by this adorable and oh so sweet window display of an antique shop that we came upon.
(I wish I could figure out how to photograph thru glass and not get a bunch of glare.)
It was just the cutest ever!
An antique doll is decorating the tree while her friends watch admiringly.

Perched on a ladder with a garland in her hands, she is having such fun getting the tree just right!
As her dolly friends look on.............
I just had to snap a photo of this sign below, certainly nothing we see at home!
Watch out for snow falling from the rooftops above!
You would just love walking the cobblestone streets!
Here's hubby in front of "our" chateau!
Meet Daphne!
She is the ambassador of the seeing eye dog program in Canada, and comes to "work" each day at the hotel.
She is part Labrador and part Bernese Mountain dog, and is just gorgeous!
The grand lobby was decorated with some amazing Christmas trees.
 This blinged out one was my very favorite!
They were all decorated by different organizations for a charity fundraiser.
 Just magical!
Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll share more of our trip in a few days!
Au revoir!


Susie said...

Donna, I loved the photos. The trees are beautiful. I really wish I could speak French.LOL. Blessings for a great weekend, xoxo,Susie

Bente said...

Hi Donna. I loved to see this photos. Christmas is beautiful.
Hugs from here

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Donna, what awesome pics from your trip to Quebec. The city looks so pretty dusted in snow. Look how cute you are bundled up and out walking. The hotel ambassador is gorgeous. What an amazing beauty.
Your room looks so comfy too and what a wonderful place to stay. The Christmas trees are gorgeous and I love the bling too.
Glad you had a special getaway. Enjoy the week and Merry Christmas. xo

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Beautiful winter wonderland pictures with a true French feel. I was in Quebec years ago and loved it in September but seeing your enchanting photos of your getaway I think I'd love a visit there during the holiday season. Beauty is everywhere and your room looked stunning, love the headboard, especially enjoyed the photos of you and hubby.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a wonderful trip! I've been to Montreal but never Quebec City...that might have to change!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Oh my that room! And I loved the window display! Looks like a grand time, how nice the 2 of you got away and enjoyed the season. Merry Christmas!

Tete said...

Oh my gosh! I love it all! That window was awesome! The buildings are awesome, the room is awesome, the lobby is awesome! I could live there...yep, I could. I am going to share that window with a friend with a shop here in town. Love that idea.

Gaby Bee said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us! I was in Quebec City this Septemeber and I loved it!

Warm Christmas wishes to you and yours! Health, Happiness and may all of your dreams come true for 2016!

Gaby xo

Cynthia said...

Hi Donna, thanks for sharing your wonderful trip to Quebec with us. Looked so beautiful and your Hotel was gorgeous. I wish we had a bit of snow for our Christmas. No instead, it's supposed be in the high 60's, what is that??? I would not look t hat cute with a hat on my head that is for sure.


Susan EvelynAndRose said...

You lucky, lucky girl Donna! Oh, this brings back wonderful memories of visiting Quebec City last July. I bet you just LOVED walking those pretty streets during Christmas time. It does truly look magical and even better that you had SNOW. We've had no sign of the pretty white stuff this year, but actually it's okay with me considering how much we had last winter. :)
Thanks for your sweet note from the airport. I'm so happy you and hubby had a great trip and got to stay at your 'Chateau'!! And the dolls and dog you spotted are too cute. :)

Debby said...

Beautiful pictures. I know you must behaving a wonderful time. Happy Holidays.

Musings from Kim K. said...

It's all so beautiful! What a lovely get-away.