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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A New Award !!!! And a HOLIDAY!!!!

Ain't She Purdy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I want to thank Linda at Somewhere In Time for giving me this award !
It just made my whole day happier !! Tickled my fancy !! Made me smile !!
For this I thank you Linda !

The rules that go with it are as follows
1.~~~ You may put the button on your blog (I hope you do)
2.~~~ Put a link to the person you received the award from
3.~~~ Nominate 5 blogs
4.~~~Put links to these blogs
5.~~~ Leave message to the nominees..........I'm sending this sweet award on to~~~~~
Everyone who shares their blog , you all deserve it my my eyes, consider yourself given this award.I enjoy everyone so much to chose only 5 would break my heart as I dearly love all my new friends .
So consider yourself awarded !!!

In 2 weeks less than that now, the first 2 weeks in August I am going on HOLIDAYS !!
For the first time in years and years my hubby , myself and my son and daughter are going together.!!
Exciting or what! I am soooo looking forward to this.!!!!
Were going to La Belle Province~~~~~ Quebec, to the capital city of Quebec, its called Quebec City what else!!
They are celebrating their 400th Anniversary,they call it Les Fete De Nouvelle France, it means the birth of New France, ok here is your little history lesson.

On July Third 1608, Samuel de Champlain was the founder of what is now known as Quebec City. Its Samuel de Champlain's determination to succeed in establishing a French colony in America that makes him deserving of the title "Father of New France". He was also integral in opening North America to French trade, especially the fur trade.

Champlain had long realized that New France could not survive on only the trading posts of Tadoussac and Quebec. To gain the upper hand against the British, Spanish, Basque and Portuguese, France would have to advance into New France and set up colonies and trading posts deeper the interior.

This is where Champlain decided to create a new settlement, and he would name it Kebec (or Qu├ębec, hereafter spelled 'Quebec'), the Algonkin name for 'where the river narrows'. And it really does I have seen it !!

I just love going there, I have been many times before.Its so beautiful its like walking in Europe somewhere,especially in the old part of the city, that's where its all going to happen,we have had our hotel booked for a year already its called Manoir Victoria it was built in 1830, and trust me its as charming a place as you can imagine.This is our 5th stay there with them.

We booked some big boat tours already, and we will also go to Tadousac for a whale watching tour, on our first night there we are going to have an evening sail on the Louis Joliette(its a huge ship) , they are having some spectacular fire works on the St Laurence River that night followed with dancing etc... .its a fantastic evening !!

The next day I made reservations at the Chateau Frontenac !Were going to have a very pishposh afternoon.....were having High Tea !!!!
Its served in the very traditional old fashioned way, makes me giggle to remember how it feels to be there,with waiters in the period costumes serving you tea from sterling silver tea pots.
Followed with a 3 tiered tray filled to the brim with goodies that you would expect at high tea, its so well presented so pretty, you almost hate to touch the tray.(( But trust me you cannot keep your fingers away long))

I want to take in the opening parade with the Giants, I have never seen those.the whole atmosphere is so seventeen century you can imagine yourself there transported back in time.Everyone wears costumes of the period, its soooooo charming and fun.You cant take enough pictures!!!

In the center of the old city its called Petit Champlain, that's where a lot of the activities will be held, its the very center and oldest part of the city, all the buildings are preserved accuratetly and historically,its very emotional being there knowing all the history that happend right under your feet.

There are street after street of lovley little bistros to eat in, they are everywhere.the people there are very proud of their City and for good reason, it is magnificent in all its splendor and beauty!
Heyyyyyyy !!!!!! I just made a commercial advertizing Quebec City !!
Google it to see what I mean.!
I promise I will come back with a zillion pics to show you all what the heck I am talking about!!
I am soooo looking forward to it!!


Jo said...

I am anxious for you to go on your holiday so you can come back and share what you saw and did. It is wonderful that you get to go as a family. Those times do become rare as the children grow up and have lives seperate from their parents.

Congratulations on your award... You certainly deserve it.

Tina Coruth said...

Congratulations on your award!!!

My daughter went to Old Quebec City years ago. The photos she brought home were fabulous. I'm sure you are going to love it. I hope your family has a great time. I look forward to seeing your photos!!! :-)

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Congratulations on your award! Looks like you have a wonderful vacation planned...I'll stop back by to see your pics!
Have a great day,

Anne Fannie said...

Congratulations on your award.
Sounds like a great Holiday coming up! Looking forward to seeing the pictures!

Nonna said...

Wow, what a fun family holiday!! I cant wait to hear all about it and see all the wonderful pictures you are going to take!! Have fun!!

LauraJ said...

have fun on your trip!! i stayed there a lot during Aaron's first year of life. he was treated there for one thing or another during his infant illness phase. he's a grown up boy now and doing much better!

Needled Mom said...

You will have so much fun and I can't wait to see all the pictures once you return.

Simply Heart And Home said...


Thank you for praying for my family and me. My daughter is fine but stranded in southern Texas due to the hurricane. She called and she sounds pretty sad. She was due to come home today. They have no electricity and some food but they have begun rationing it. I'm trying to not worry as she is in the Lord's hands.


Brenda Kula said...

You just relax and enjoy yourself. Take in the sights. And take lots of photos!

Jann said...

This sounds like heaven! Have a wonderful time! Do you speak French? I can only dream of visiting Quebec--it should be an exciting and fun time for you! Thank you for the nice comments that you left on my blog!

Linda said...

Diane...this is going to such a wonderful trip, you all are going to have such fun. I look forward to pictures:).

You are a very sweet lady and it was my pleasure giving you this deserve it. Hugs, Linda

PEA said...

Congratulations on your award and thank you so much for passing it on to all of us:-) I'd never seen that one before, it's lovely!!

Oh wow, it sounds like it will be a fabulous trip! I've only been once to Quebec City and that was back in 1975 for a class trip. I would so love to see it again now, as an adult who appreciates the history so much more!! I do remember visiting Frontenac Hotel, just to walk inside the lobby though! lol I remember going for a ride in the Caleche (horse drawn buggies) in the old part of the city, the cobblestone streets, etc. You're so right when you say it's like being in Europe! You know we will want tons of pictures:-) xoxo

smilnsigh said...

Ohhhhhh what a holiday that will be!!! You must be over the moon! :-)

Miss Mari-Nanci
When Twilight Embraces

Susie said...

Your vacation sounds just wonderful. I'll be looking forward to all your pictures :)

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

HI Diane..
I like the Quebec City post~~
I have a web friend, fellow crafter who lives there and works at the Museum..I sent her a link to this..She will like it (:)
hope you have a great weekend..
big hugs, Patty

Lise said...

Hi Diane!
I am the friend who Patty of "Attic Clutter" mentioned. Hi, nice to meet you! Actually, I live in a small town by the name of Coaticook in the Eastern Townships 3 hours from Quebec city. I also work in our local Museum. I can send you the addy if you'd wish to do a virtual visit? Anywho, i wish you a great time in our beautiful Capital and see and do as much as you can! I know the Art Museum is showing "The Louvre" because our Museum always plan a cultural trip in the fall and that is where we are going. So i'll be part of all the excitement also. Have fun!

Alex said...

ohhh wow! Quebec! Take lots of pictures to share. I've never been out of the country..well, except to Canada..does that count? My dream vacation would be Irelend...some day!

Thank you for the little award you passed on to everyone. It was very sweet.

Most of all, thank you for your continued love, support and prayers right now. It's very much appreciated during this tough time. I'm hoping to get my results tomorrow. This waiting is torture!

Dani said...

I just happened upon your blog and love the photos....delightful to visit Old Quebec City while we are cooped inside on a hot day in Southern California...I will be back!