Day  4 - Breakfast and a tour of the countryside around Quebec City

This morning we were treated to an unbelievable breakfast hosted by our leaders; starting with coffee, juice and fruit cups.

But the one we all loved was "omelet-in-a-bag". You start with 1 to 3 eggs broken into a ziploc bag, add any number of ingredients including, onion, peppers, diced ham, bacon bits, and/or cheese. Mush it all together, remove all air in the bag and zip it shut. Of course, make sure your name is written on the bag before giving it up.

The bags then go outside to the two chefs

where they are clipped together and placed into boiling water.

The cooking time varies depending on the number of eggs in each bag, the number of bags, etc.

Meanwhile, Bob Schmidt was inside cooking tortillas that could be used to wrap the eggs; if you wished.

There were three toaster ovens available to cook the english muffins and, as you can see, they were being used.

Today is Canada Day (Like our 4th of July), so our two Canadian caravaners, Dee and Kelvin, decorated the tables with balloons and gave each of us a Canadian Maple Leaf pin.

At 12:15 we boarded a bus for an afternoon of touring the countryside around Quebec City.

Our first stop was to view the Amphibians that are used fight wildfires in the area.

We then continued to Ïle d'Orléans. This is an island in the St Laurance River and is reached by a bridge from the mainland. Farm workers are busy picking strawberries in a field on the island.

Our first stop was at the Polyculture Plante.

A view of the building

They featured fresh strawberries and tomatoes, plus home made pies, maple syrup, etc.
Our next stop was the Chocolaterie which had a nice choice of chocolate and ..


Most of us ate our ice cream without any problem, however. Len Corley couldn't help the little boy in him come out as he ate, spilled, slurped and wiped ice cream off his mustache.

The parking lot was very small, so with a large bus parked in the middle of it, Barry went into action as the traffic cop helping people get in and out of the lot.

A view from the bus looking out over the island.

Back across the river to Parc de La Chute Montmorency located east of Quebec. The park is well know for its impressive 273 foot high waterfalls., which is one and half times that of Niagara Falls.

There is a stairway on the right leading to the top of the falls. Four of our folks (3 men and one woman) walked up while the rest of us took the bus to the top.

Located on the Western cliff next to the falls is the Manoir Montmorency. The first building was built in 1781 as a private residence. It was used later as a hospital, a monastery and a hotel. The present manor houses an interpretation centre,  a terrace with a panoramic view, boutiques and reception rooms.

The view from a midway vantage point.

Four of our members are standing on the bridge over the falls looking at what you see above.

We continued North along the river and passed many interesting farms and private homes.

We stopped at the Albert Gilles Boutique. Albert Gilles is a world renowned copper artist.

Two pieces of copper art above the doorway.

Another piece featuring multiple horses.

We were given a demonstration of creating a piece of copper art work by the daughter of the artist.

This took her less than 5 minutes to explain and create.

Continuing North we passed this house that was built in 1645 and is still occupied as a private residence.

Our next stop was at Marie.  They featured a wonderful bakery and Maple Butter.

For $1.25 we were able to sample a slice of bread slathered with maple butter.  We all had our sugar fixes today.

Across the road was this beautiful root cellar which was built in 1649 and it appears to be in use.

The door of the root cellar caught my eye.

We went through a couple of small towns, each one having it's own special character.

Our final destination is the Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. It is a pilgrimage site that attracts over one and a half million visitors each year. The first basilica was destroyed by fire in 1923. Two architects, Mr. Maxime Roisin of Paris and Mr. Louis N. Audet of Sherbrooke, worked for several years on the design and construction of this church. The construction began on July 6, 1923 and there are still parts that have not yet been finalized even today.

Like many churches, it was constructed in the form of a Latin cross. It is Neo-Romanesque in style, respecting the Roman style of architecture but using more modern techniques. It rests on solid rock.

A close up view of the statue at the top of the church.

The copper covered doors were created by the Albert Gilles, whose copper studio we just visited.

The granite used came from the quarry at Saint-Sébastien, in Beauce, QC. These are the carvings over the center front door of the basilica.

View upon entering the main sanctuary.

The Basilica's central vault is completely covered with a series of mosaic dedicated to Saint Anne. Her life is portrayed in the vault of the central nave and of the two transepts. Her virtues are written on the part of the vault where the nave meets the transepts. Her glorification is depicted in the apse (vault of the Basilica's sanctuary). These mosaics are the works of Mr. Auguste Labouret.
An ensemble of 240 stained-glass windows adorn the Basilica. They represent Christ, his apostles and disciples, as well as prophets and patriarchs who announced His coming. They also tell us of the history of devotion to Saint Anne here in the province of Quebec and as it spread throughout North America.
The pilgrimage history of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré is one that is marked by extraordinary events, which continue even to this day. Every year, the annual report published by Fr. Baillargeon relates about forty such events. These crutches and canes were left here by people who were miraculously cured by the pilgrimage to this basilica.

There are over a dozen small chapels located around the periphery of the chapel.

This is the chapel in the basement.

More information about this basilica can be found at this website

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