Here, there and everywhere
We ended our last Sunday in Québec City with the best concert yet at Scène Bell. Cœur de pirate is the stage name of Béatrice Martin, a multi-talented musician from Québec: singer, songwriter, pianist and all-round vibrant and energetic performer. She was a real pleasure to watch.
Before the concert, we dined at Les 3 Brasseurs on the Grand Allée, which was unfortunately situated within earshot of two different concert stages. Once you add in the music playing overhead at the restaurant itself, it was a very unwelcome cacophony of sound. We'll be avoiding the Grand Allée for the rest of this week for exactly that reason.
Before dinner, we spent several hours at Le Bistro Plus, a bar and disco (we didn't dance) on Rue Saint Jean. We were there to watch the final match of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. France lost to Portugal, 1-0, but since we were at a French bar with our French friend Amélie, listening to the French-language broadcast of the French national team playing in France itself, the complete French immersion was pretty neat.
Before the soccer match, we toured the lobby of the Château Frontenac, the icon Québec hotel on the promenade.
Before the hotel, we toured the underground ruins of the Château Saint Louis, home to the provincial governors until the last incarnation of the château burned down in the late 19th century, not to be rebuilt.
Béatrice asked everyone in the audience to use their smartphone flashlights.
Two videos of Béatrice.
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