Friday, October 17, 2008

Views from Observatoire de la Capitale

Although the weather wasn't perfect, it was good enough we felt to justify a quick trip up the Observatoire de la Capitale. At just $5 a head it's got to be about the cheapest observatory in a large city and we figured if we're back here in the future and next time the weather is better......we'll just go up again !

This is the 31-storey Marie-Guyart office tower that hosts the observatory on the top floor.

Overview of the old town. The fort wall can be seen in the foreground running through Parc de l'Esplanade, together with the tall Price Brothers building in the centre and of course the Chateau Frontenac to the right.

Closer view of the Fronetanc

The Northern edge of the Old Town. In the foreground is the Seminaire du Quebec which has been a teaching establishment since 1663 and was the first Catholic University in North America when it became Universite Laval in 1852.

The block of bright silver coloured roofs are the Ursuline Convent School and Chapel

Parc de l'Esplanade and street scene of Rue d'Auteuil

La Citadelle

Battlefields Park and the Plains of Abraham

Parliament Building, you can now more clearly see the quadrangle in the middle of the building.

Parliament tower

Bridge joining Parliament Buildings

The burntout Armoury. From here you can see that it has been completely gutted inside

Railway and bus station

South-West views over the city showing the southern end of the Plains of Abraham

Bell tower and townhomes in the Grand Allee neighbourhood. Typical for this area, these homes are actually Victorian although they are built in a Queen Anne style.

The Hotel Loews Le Concorde with it's Revolving Restaurant. Yes, the 1970's may not have been kind to architecture.....but they did bring us prawn cocktails & trifle !

View West across the city

Views North West. The Eglise St Jean Baptiste can be seen in the lower right-hand corner of the image

Another Victorian neighbourhood

David taking a breather from videoing.

View North

The Bunge grain depot down by the port

Views South over the city of Levis and far beyond

Yes, rush hour is the same the World over

Finally, a rather grainy image due to being zoomed and through the outer edges of the city, gently glowing coloured hillsides where our we will be heading tomorrow.

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