We had just completed a luxurious lunch at Bistro Le Sam at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac in Upper Town of Old Quebec overlooking the Saint Lawrence River. The Chateau Frontenac was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and has the distinction of being one of the first completed grand railway hotels, opening in 1893.
Over several hours and much conversation with Grand #2 we had consumed calamari, scallops, and chocolate souffle with blackberry sauce. Desiring to walk off some of our lunch we left the hotel and proceeded to the promenade along the river. We had not walked far before we heard the sound of a crowd laughing and cheering. Now with a target in mind, we began to move towards the sound when we happened upon a street performer (a busker) who had strug a wire across two platforms and was performing balancing acts, in between interacting with the audience that she had attracted.
After watching from the sidelines, enjoying her almost mime movements, she invited Grand #2 and her grandfather joined her by helping to weigh down one of her platform bases by standing on it. After hesitantly walking from the crowd to stand with a growing group of strangers on the platform base, my husband enjoyed time with Grand #2 participating in this highly entertaining busker’s show.
As the show ended, we laughingly made our way to the funicular where we descended into the Lower Town of Old Quebec for shopping.
Mary Beth I have a passion for creating and experiencing unforgettable moments and sharing those with others. I hope that this story has helped you experience one of those moments.