Tasty burgers! Yummy!

As a burger gourmet, where to go in Quebec city when you wanna eat a good burger? Just go at Chez Victor.

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There are nine restaurant througout Quebec City. Each place has a special atmosphere and decoration. The most ancient place is located in Saint-Jean street. Chez Victor proposes a large range of burgers that will make you happy. They offer various flavour and even a vegan one! Yummy!

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Quebec is back!

ImageHave you ever been to Quebec in fall? Here are some pictures that will give taste to go sightseeing in this beautiful region of Canada.

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The blend of colours during this season is astonishing, the most part of this is due to maple trees which leaves turn red in automn.

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Those pictures have been taken in the Mont-Sainte-Anne. This place is marvellous, you can go hiking, biking, snowing, etc.

As a rule of thumb, the end of september and the beginnig of october is the right time to attend the great colour adventure.

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If you like hiking, you can follow hiking trails that lead to the summit of the mountain.

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At the summit, you will have a beautiful view on the Orleans Island but also on the Chaudières-Appalaches. Automn is still the time to focus on nature, have a close look on the ground and you will find out a lot of things.

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http://www.mont-sainte-anne.com/ete/en-us/home.aspx

Portugal, a land of kindness and beauty – Part 1- Porto

Two years ago, I went to Portugal with a friend of mine. It is a really good memory and I took a lot of pictures during our stay. Portugal is such a beautiful country !

VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100I love travelling and this is one of my favourite place in the world. People are welcoming and helpful, they care about others. They take time to live. Why am I doing a post about Portugal? Because a few days ago,  I read in the news that a great part of their forest burned, it is a really sad news! Thus, I wanted to share with the beautiful landscapes that I have taken in pictures.

When I was there, we travelled through Portugal during a fortnight. It was a pleasure to share this adventure with one of my best friend. Our first stop was Porto. Porto is the second biggest city in Portugal (just after Lisboa). The city is located at the mouthpiece of Douro in the North of Portugal.  Porto has a nickname which is Cidade Invicta (« undefeated city ») and Capital do Norte (North Capital). She gave her name to the country.

This city is well-known for its wine :

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But the city is also well-known for its famous caves. It was impossible for us not to visit the caves and taste the tawny porto!

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VLUU L100, M100  / Samsung L100, M100“Sandeman” caves,  according to me the best Porto (Vinho do Porto) ever! I know, the picture is lop-sided but I was not drunk….not yet! Maybe the sangria we drank during our meal at noon is responsible. You must know that  the temperature was really high (+40 ° C!).

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The city is also well-known for the azulejos (painted ceramic tilework). This is a typical aspect of Portuguese culture, you can find them when you’re loitering in the city (churches, palaces, ect.). You just have to look around !

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The city is such a beauty ! You can see the wine boats floating on the Douro River, the colourful houses embellished with the glowing sun and so on …

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The food is also one of the asset of the country. You can taste food such as pastel de nata (it’s a light flaky pastry with egg cream filling), bolo de arroz (cake with rice), bifana (sandwich with pork, marinade and piri piri sauce) or chanfana (goat or lamb stew with red wine and bay leaves). And of course, the famous bacahlau (codfish).

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You can also see famous bridges in Porto. Especially, two! The first one because it has been made by Gustave Eiffel, the Maria Pia Bridge and the secon one that you can below is the Dom-Luis bridge (El Ponte Dom- Luis). A third one is Arrabida bridge (Ponte da Arrábida).

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To conclude, Porto is a beautiful city with narrow streets , colourful houses. You can find nice shops in every corner. In summer, it is just perfect, ther are lot of markets where you can buy fruits and vegetable, craft (embroidery, azulejos, jewels, and so on).

Each house is being distinguished by its beautiful facade, painted with bright colours. The view is simply astonishing! There is a real cheerfulness here!

Thus, I hope that small extract of my trip arouses your interest. Next week, our second stop will be in Lisboa!

Sugar Shack……………………….Oh ! Sugar, Sugar !

Have you ever been to Canada and more precisely to Quebec? So you maybe know what a Sugar Shack is?

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It’s an bit of an institution in Quebec. La Cabane à Pierre is the one I’ve been to and the most famous in the province of Quebec . This house  is located in Frampton (Beauce) and is surrended by maple grove. You will discover how the maple sap is collected according to the old-fashioned method, that is to say with a spile (sap spout) and a bucket. The purpose of it is to process the sap into syrup. How they do this? Simply by using traditional evaporator, fuelled by a wood fire.

If  you want to have a great meal fed ad libitum, this is the place to go during the sugar season. You stomach will be fulled with hearty pea soup, oreilles de crisse, crusty country bread, pork and beans, cook’s omelette soufflé, sugar ham home-baked, Beauce tourtière, farm sausages,  boiled potatoes, fruit ketchup and homemade pickles. And if you are still hungry after eating all this you can also wolf crepes with maple syrup, tea and coffee.

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You will be welcomed in a cosy and warm place to guttle your meal, a huge room with big tables everywhere. This place enables people to share great moments of laughs and joy.  It’s a mix of generations.

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In the center, stands an enormous fireplace that warms you up. During your meal, a band is performing and you can dance if you like, shaking your body on traditional music such as “La Bottine Souriante” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDHHFWCIb-U).

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You will be pleased in every way. The setting is simply stunning. Why? You are surrounded by maple grove and woods.

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At the end of your meal, you can go outside and enjoy what people call “la tire d’érable”, that is to say, maple taffy treats on snow. How does it work? You take a wooden stick, place in front of wooden bucket full of snow. When someone pours hot maple in it, you use your stick to roll the maple around it and form a lollypop! It is so good, so sweet but don’t abuse of it otherwise you will have weigh to lose before the summer!

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A sweet tooth knows no age!

If you are interested in discovering this place and the traditions of Quebec, you can look over the website : http://www.cabaneapierre.com/

Cabane à sucre Cabane à Pierre
566, rang 2, C.P.1006, Frampton, Québec, G0R 1M0
418-479-5200/1-888-385-5200