1) waiting for Ironwoman Judy very early in the lobby of Royal York Hotel

The sojourn to Halifax and Quebec City was lovely. Ironwoman Judy and I stayed Tuesday night at the Royal York to catch the PorterAir shuttle to the Island Airport bright and squirrelly on Wednesday morning and soon found ourselves in a windy Halifax. Wednesday night we took our Atlantic team out for dinner and drinks at Mosaic Social Dinning Club on Argyle Street. I continue to really enjoy this place … perhaps because it has a Toronto vibe in downtown Halifax … and great scallops.

2) the view from our room at the Royal York; 3) scary Shinning-like halls in the Royal York

4) our room at the Royal York; 5) Halifax harbour

6 & 7) tall ships at play out in Halifax Harbour


8 & 9) inside Mosaic Social Dinning Club

Thursday we headed to Quebec City where we stayed at the Chateau Frontenac in their Or Club … it was way posh. I continue to adore Quebec City (albeit less so in the height of summer tourist season) and G and I continue to mull the eventuality of buying a place there to head to since we both love the city so much.

10) the Frontenac at night

On Thursday – with no thanks to Air Canada but great thanks to our concierge Roger-Marie – we managed to keep our dinner reservation at the Relais & Chateaux uber gorgeous Panache (which won Wine Spectator Best Award of Excellent in 2008) in Quebec City’s most acclaimed hotel/museum, Auberge Saint-Antoine (rated one of the Top 100 Best Hotels on the Planet by Travel & Leisure Magazine).

We opted to leave ourselves in the chef’s hands completely and ordered the tasting menu with wine pairings. It did not disappoint and $210 and 4 hours later we left the restaurant full and giggly.

11) Ironwoman Judy and I at the entrance to Panache; 12) in we go … it was NOT the sort of place one takes pictures of inside

13) Ironwoman Judy strolls the old city after dinner; 14) looking down to Champlain Street

15 & 16) my gorgeous room at the Chateau

17 & 18) my gorgeous view from my room at the Chateau

19) I bet my parents can name this place; 20) the archaeological site right outside the Chateau

21) Look waaaay up; 22) Champlain Street in daylight

23) the St. Lawrence; 24) one of the gates into the old city

25) the Quebec Legislative Assembly

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2 Responses to Panache

  1. kunhuo42 says:

    when are you going to take me traveling with you? you visit all these wonderful places! i really need to get out of the country sometime.

  2. ElusiveWords says:

    It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Quebec City. You’re right – it’s a great place. I see you were also blessed with great weather during your visit.

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