I would absolutely love to say that it was my idea to hire a tour guide. I must give credit to my husband. Normally, I plan our trips almost to the minute. I research on the internet for months. I try to tie our excursions into what we’ve been studying. A tour guide would have been researched and arranged well in advance…not this trip. Our Canada trip was a little spur of the moment idea so we didn’t go into it as well planned as usual. Fortunately for us Quebec City has a very large accommodating visitors center. My children would urge me to include that the visitors center has public wifi. It was here we secured our wonderful walking tour guide. I was a little skeptical at first. The tour was 2 1/2 hours. While my kids can definitely handle a 2 1/2 hour tour that doesn’t mean they always enjoy it. Keep in mind we pretty blindly signed up for this tour. It turned out to be a great decision. Our tour guide Robert Vandermeer was wonderful. He was so entertaining that we all agreed we couldn’t believe how quick 2 1/2 hours flew by. Quebec City has a fascinating history. It is really worth taking a tour from someone who can share it with you. Robert brought the cities inhabitants past and present to life. He entertainingly covered religion, architecture, history, socialism, current problems, it was great! We all learned so much. We all fell in love with Quebec City. From the beautiful architecture, friendly people, art everywhere, street performers, amazing food and fascinating history. I think the solidifying moment for me was walking down one of the many quaint streets I heard my favorite operatic piece “The Flower Duet” from the opera Lakme. After turning the corner I realized it was the local opera company performing in the street for all to enjoy. There is music and art everywhere in Quebec City. It is truly amazing. We all loved it and look forward to returning. Here are a few pictures from our trip.