Quebec City

Here are a few photos of Quebec City. It is the closest thing to being in France without leaving North America. French is the official language but most people can speak a little English as well. All signs, menus, etc. are in French however.

Founded in 1608 Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America. The ramparts surrounding Old Quebec are the only fortified city walls remaining in the Americas north of Mexico’s and were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985 as the ‘Historic District of Old Québec’.

Quebec is situated on the narrowest part of the river and was a site of battles between France and England. It was a very strategic location. Whoever controlled Quebec controlled access to shipping from the Atlantic Ocean.

I have used up all the French words that I know (about 3) so it is time to head to Maine.

The Blog is Closing Soon

Our original intent was to use this blog as an alternative to posting on Facebook. We didn’t want people that we didn’t trust to know we were going to be away from home for months.

However, little by little we gave in to the temptation to post on Facebook. So, at this point, the blog serves little purpose. It will go away soon but we will continue to post on Facebook.

Long Live Rock

I enjoyed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than I expected.  I was expecting a typical museum, interesting but not exciting.  But there were so many interesting exhibits, including exhibits with sound and audio, and small theaters to watch the artists’ past performances, it made it all the more fun.

We spent about a half day there and I could have easily gone back the next day to go through it again.  There was so much information to absorb.  I already had a vague idea about the origins and and continuing evolution of rock, but they did a great job laying out rock’s history and how country, blues, and other genres laid the groundwork.  They also did a good job in showing how one artist or band influenced those that followed.  Also, one region of the United States would influence another which would influence England, for example, and then, in turn, affect music back in the United States.

They gave due credit to such “country” artists such as Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and even Jimmy Rogers and Hank Williams.  Blues/soul credit went to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, James Brown, Marvin Gay, and many others.  Of course, Elvis (and others), got a tremendous amount of credit for bringing it all together and delivering the new sound to white audiences.

I could go on and on.  Click on each picture to see the caption.

The Original Hot Pocket

“Pasties”, basically meat pies, are sold everywhere in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. They say that they were originally brought from England by Cornish miners.

According to Wikipedia: “Today, the pasty is the food most associated with Cornwall. It is regarded as the national dish and is filled with beef, diced potato, turnip, and onion, and seasoned with salt and pepper.”

They are about as unappetizing as a Hot Pocket, only blander. Sometimes food is more about the adventure than the taste.

Mackinac Bridge

This was the view a short walk from our campsite at Strait State Park in Michigan. The bridge spans the Strait of Mackinac and connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The Strait of Mackinac connects Lake Superior and Lake Huron.

We will be here a few days. In a day or two we will take the Ferry to Mackinac Island and post some pictures from there.