Strolling the cobblestone pathways last summer, past the French-speaking waiters at the sidewalk cafes, smelling espresso and just a whiff of cigarette smoke, I had to remind myself that I was still in North America.
Quebec City offers all the old-world charm of a European city without the trans-Atlantic flight and the jet lag that accompanies a hop across the pond.
Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the only walled city in North America north of Mexico. “New France,” as it was originally called, offers visitors over 400 years of well-preserved history, friendly bilingual residents, clean streets and parks, and a favorable currency exchange rate for American visitors.
One of my hobbies is staying at historic hotels, so booking a room at the world-famous Chateau Frontenac was an indulgence for which I was happy to pay a little bit extra.