Zoning Out In A Different Time Zone

Note to self: try getting some sleep before travelling.

Tuesday morning I was up before 4 am to catch a flight to Quebec City on a business trip. Unfortunately I was stupid enough to be still up at nearly 1 am the night before doing dishes, laundry and packing. "I'll sleep on the plane." I told myself.

Yeah, well, if anyone has been able to sleep on a roller coaster, let me know how. The first flight was pretty rough at times, but luckily I had taken Gravol - which usually knocks me out a few hours later. But sleep eluded me... during a layover in Toronto, boarding a small propeller plane to Quebec and surviving a crazy taxi driver doing 120 in and out of traffic, I couldn't relax. By the time I finally checked into my hotel room at 1 pm, I was zonked.

Quebec CityBut since I am only here a couple of days, I ignored the tempting call of the cushy hotel bed and pushed myself to get out and play tourist. Even though it was pouring rain, I walked up and down beautiful cobblestone streets for hours until I was soaked to the skin. With no desire to sit alone and wet in a restaurant, I decided to eat dinner back in my room -- so I went European and picked up some wonderful crusty bread, brie cheese and grapes in various tiny shops and an old French bakery, and returned to the warmth of my room while my clothes and shoes dried on the heater.

Quebec City
Luckily my meeting ended early today and the sun was out, so I ventured out once more, this time to the old city just a few blocks away. Through the ancient walled fortress, I stepped into the past. For three hours I strolled among garrisons, cannons, into boutiques, past street artists and into the oldest church in North America (from 1608). If I didn't know better, I'd swear I was back in France.

And tomorrow it's another early morning to get back home. I should be sleeping already since I have to get up in a few hours, but I just had to go through my photos and post.

Oh, well. I'll sleep on the planes tomorrow.

Yeah, right.

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Lynn said...

Sorry you didn't get any sleep. I do the same thing when I fly to Vegas!
Quebec looks just beautiful! I love all the old world style that is still standing. I am putting that on my travel list. You never think to go so close to home to see beautiful country.
Thanks for sharing. Hope you get some shut eye on the trip back home.

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Quebec looks gorgeous! I've been to Montreal and swore I was in Europe when I ventured into the older part of the city.

And eh, you can sleep when you get home - enjoy the being away from home and seeing new stuff!

Heather said...

What a beautiful city! Thanks for sharing the photos. Sorry you're tired, but I know you're glad you got to see all that. :)

Jill said...

I always sleep on the plane! With my eyes shut, I can pretend I'm on a bus. :-)

And Quebec looks so nice! I went once when I was maybe 12 I think. Have a nice rest of your trip & hope you get a little rest on the plane!

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AshPup said...

I'm so jealous! I love Quebec city. Last time I was there it was Carnival, we wandered the streets of old Quebec drinking Caribou (sweet mulled wine) from a "canne" chanting French folks songs and looking to catch a glimpse of the fabled Carnival mascot Bonhomme (he is so cute!). You're lucky you at least get to do business in such a nice place, hope you are caught up on your sleep soon!

Canadian flake said...

great pics...thanks for sharing. Quebec is only about 90 min east of me yet I haven't been there for years...thanks for the reminder about how pretty it is. Hope your flight home was more peaceful.

Ann(ie) said...

OH WOW...I'm so glad you took the time to post. Those are some cool pictures. Get some rest, girl!!

Janet said...

Oh, I LOVE Quebec City! DH and I went there on vacation many years ago. Having lived in France, I will attest to the striking similarities. I'd love to go back some day. Hope you got some rest when you got home! Janet

Cupcake Blonde said...

I never really though about going to Quebec City until I saw your pictures. Those gorgeous sights make me want to go, NOW! How delicious.

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