Review left 5/02/2022
It's been a long time since I experienced the joy of a Road Scholar trip. Our group leader, Chantal, and the others on her team, including the local experts, guides and drivers, were all great. The love they showed for Québec City and its surroundings was apparent every step of the way, as was their knowledge of the area and beyond. Marie, the main lecturer, had such in-depth and detailed expertise on whatever subject we learned about from her.
A few of my favorites: The Ursuline Museum, The Museum of Civilization, The Morrin Center (formerly prison), The Museum of Fine Arts.
The food? Splendid, from the moment we arrived to the morning we left. Chantal made sure we sampled every type of cuisine, from an order-your-own boulangerie named Paillard that offered soups, sandwiches, salads and quiches as well as a beautiful assortment of cakes and pastries -- inexpensive, delicious and fast -- to an excellent steak house, to a classic Québecois bistro that specialized in local fare, to a farewell dinner at Château Frontenac on our final night. Spectacular!
In my opinion, no visit to Canada would be complete without sampling a poutine, and our fearless leader told us the little place next door to our hotel had some of the best in the city. She was right.
My favorite though? the breakfasts at our hotel. It houses one of the best restaurants in the city. It's called Chez Boulay and the chef-owner himself cooked for us the first few days. This is what happens if you're a small group and when a place is short-staffed and still in pandemic mode. We were treated to glorious offerings each morning, much more than most of us normally ate, but the eggs, for instance, were irresistible, especially served alongside crispy potatoes and sausages. I wondered what would happen when large groups appeared. Nothing, except we served ourselves from a buffet. Same fluffy scrambled eggs and all the sides too.
I'm running out of space here, so I'll just add that RS has done it again.