Monday, July 12, 2010

Breakneck stairs at Rue du Petit-Champlain

IMG_0161-1On our early morning Quebec exploratory walk, we happened upon Rue du Petit-Champlain. This is a rather unique street. All of the shop owners belong to a artist and merchant’s co-op. They share in one another’s successes. Our friend on the left spoke very little English, and we do not speak French. She is asking us if we would like her to take our picture. What a great gesture. And she knew exactly what to do, she composed this scene and another shot, not making us the center of the scene, but a part of the scene. Well done! IMG_0162Zasou is her shop and looking down the end of the street is L'Escalier Casse-Cou which was part of the hike we took to get up to the Chateau. (Yes, we walked up from river level to the Chateau.) Roughly translated, L'Escalier Casse-Cou means Breakneck Staircase.

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Looking from the top of L'Escalier Casse-Cou. Here you can start to get an appreciation for the height of the elevation gain to get from the boat to the first floor of the grand hotel on the hill. Here we were only four stories above Rue de Petit-Champlain.

2 comments:

Roy said...

Well Steve, "Grand" is certainly a good name for that hotel.

ksdoolittle said...

WOW! That hotel looks like a castle. If walls could talk, eh?:) ~ karen

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