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題名: Quebec City 400 Candles, and a Yearlong Blowout
記者: By MARIALISA CALTA
発行日: August 26, 2007
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Looking very much like France with its fortified stone walls, narrow
streets, venerable churches, beckoning cafes, and French-speaking
populace--- Quebec city oozes Old World Gallic charm.
Quebec is set to celebrate its 400th anniversary in 2008 with an $83
The 400th anniversary inauguration will be on Dec. 31, 2007, with an
outdoor multimedia show.
The closing extravaganza, a special performance by the Cirque du
Soleil written specially for the event, will be held on Oct. 19.
This is all to celebrate the founding of the city in 1608 by the
French explorer Samuel de Champlain, who established the early
settlement on the banks of the St. Lawrence.
The Old Town has been designated a Unesco World Heritage site as one
of the best examples of a fortified colonial city.
Quebec is divided into the Lower Town and the Upper Town, connected
by steep streets, funiculars and staircases.
Old Quebec, located in Upper Town, has many restaurants and shops
and is in the part of the city within the walls of the old
Just outside the gates is the public park named the Plains of Abraham
where a battle in 1759 resulted in the French ceding Quebec to the
Nearby, down the dizzying steps called "Breakneck Staircase", is the
Lower Town, once a gritty industrial area, recently revived by young
artists and entrepreneurs.
Narrow streets and limited parking make these areas ideal for walking.
Even without the anniversary celebrations, there will be plenty to
occupy the visitor.
Please visit the website www.quebecregion.com.