Canada is a beautiful country. The landscapes are beautiful, the food is fantastic and the people are friendly. Last year I visited Vancouver with my brother. This year we are in Quebec. The city is split up into two sections. There is Quebec City and there is Old Quebec. The primary language spoken here is French-Canadian. I've enjoyed listening to people interact in French. Most of the residence here can speak both French and English fluently. Yesterday when we were walking about Old Quebec I noticed more English being spoken due to tourists visiting. The word voilà is heard often as well, such as when food is delivered to your table in a restaurant or when you shopped at a grocery store and your purchase has been bagged.
Observations I've made for the past couple of days are, the locals do not say hello to each other on the streets unless they know each other, thank you in French is said a lot, food is treated with much respect, and less is more when it comes to lifestyle. Being social is a big deal. When people here sit to enjoy food and beverages together, there is no looking at cellphones or other devices of social distraction. Tables are not large in restaurants. The idea is to sit close to one another and enjoy each others company. One more observation is, the rat race is almost non-existent with the local people. They are laid back.
The food scene is big here. As much as possible, food is local in grocery stores and in restaurants. If you ever visit Quebec, I encourage you to be adventurous with trying foods you've never eaten before. One of the best meals I've ever had was yesterday afternoon for lunch. There was a festival of flavor in my mouth. I chose a crepe dish that contained duck confit. On top were two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Delightful. The meal sustained me for several hours.
This is all for now. I may write more later this week about my experiences in Quebec. Below are some scenes I've captured with my camera. Enjoy and have a good week.