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Tuesday, July 04, 2006, 6:39 PM
Nearly twee
Quebec City is Charming (with a capital C, obviously). Hanging baskets of beautiful flowers everywhere, cobblestoned streets, neatly painted buildings, sidewalk cafes, precious. So precious. Almost too precious, but not quite. It held that edge.

alley of artists selling their paintings

So Saturday was Canada Day, eh? Not too much patriotism really, beyond the little pocket flags we saw here and there. But there were a couple of mini-parades of people who didn't seem to be all that happy with Canada. First, the angry mob:

What you can't see is a really pissy fat woman who, as she walked past me, shot me the finger. The whole way, and with a nasty look on her face. I was trying to take a video, but when we got back to the room it turns out that I hadn't saved it. Too bad, you could see what I meant. We think they were shouting something about not celebrating Canada Day. And their flag was orange, white and green.

Then there was a gang of French kids -- or, at least, people wrapped up in French flags. They were so happy, stopping to sing and dance. We have no idea what they were saying, but they were really, really happy.

We ate dinner at this really charming restaurant near our hotel. The food was really good, the crowd was not too fancy, and we had a great table inside, but near the open front of the restaurant. Really sweet, we enjoyed ourselves.
And a Fodor's pick:

Portofino Bistro Italiano FODOR'S PICK
54 rue Couillard, Québec City, Québec, Canada
PHONE: 418/692-8888
Cuisine(s): Italian
Price range: C$8 to C$12, C$13 to C$20, C$21 to C$30,
By joining two 18th-century houses, owner James Monti has created an Italian restaurant with a bistro flavor. The room is distinctive: burnt-sienna walls, soccer flags hanging from the ceiling, a wood pizza oven set behind a semicircular bar, and deep-blue tablecloths and chairs. Don't miss the thin-crust pizza and its accompaniment of oils flavored with pepper and oregano. The pennini all'arrabbiata -- tubular pasta with a spicy tomato sauce -- is also good. Save room for the homemade tiramisu. From 3 PM to 7 PM the restaurant serves a beer and pizza meal for less than C$11.
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