Parc des Cormailles (Ivry-sur-Seine)

Parc départemental des Cormailles is a large park in Ivry-sur-Seine, a town in Val-de-Marne located just south of Paris.

Above, mound. The top offers a good view on the park and the surrounding area.

Above, sculpture at the top of the mound.

Above, looking towards Paris and the skyscrapers of the 13th arrondissement.

Above, bridge above the train tracks, at the exit of the park on the way to the Seine river.


Grande Mosquée de Paris

The Grande Mosquée de Paris (Great Mosque of Paris) is located in the 5th arrondissement of Paris and is one of the largest mosques in France. It was built in the Moorish Revival architecture style and inaugurated in 1926.

Above, 33m-high minaret.

Above, main entrance.

Above, garden of the mosque.

Above, prayer room.

Above, mosque library.

Above, in the garden.

Above, Mémorial du soldat musulman (Memorial to Muslim soldiers).

Above, north-African restaurant inside the mosque.

Observatoire de la Capitale

L’Observatoire de la Capitale is an observatory in Québec City. It offers a 360° view from the 31st floor of Edifice Marie-Guyart (altitude of 221m), near the Parliament of Québec. There was heavy rain when I visited so the visibility was limited but it was still interesting to see from above all the landmarks of the city.

Above, sculpture at Palais des Congrès, on the way to the Observatoire.

Above, Edifice Marie-Guyart. It is the highest building in Québec City.

Above, swimming pool at the Delta.

Above, Edifice Price and Château Frontenac in Old Québec.

Above, Parliament of Québec.

Above, Citadelle.

Above, Bassin Louise.

Above, Hôtel Le Concorde Québec.

Above, Plains of Abraham.

Above, Parc de la Reine.

Above, back on the ground.

Above, Delta on the other side of the street.

Old Québec

Old Quebec (Vieux Québec) is a historic neighbourhood of Quebec City. It is the most popular destination for visitors and contains many old buildings and landmarks, such as Château Frontenac, Edifice Price or Notre-Dame de Québec. It is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Above, Place d’Armes, in the upper town of the Old City.

Above, Musée du Fort.

Above, Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, an Anglican church.

Above, Edifice Price.

Above, Halloween decoration near City Hall.

Above, Hôtel de Ville de Québec (City Hall).

Above, Laval University.

Above, Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec.

Above, tomb of François de Laval, the first bishop of Québec, in the funeral chapel.

Above, Place de l’Hôtel de Ville.

Above, Monument to Louis Hébert, in Parc Montmorency.

Above, lower town of Old Québec.

Above, on the way to the lower town.

Above, people and shops in Quartier Petit-Champlain.

Above, funicular to the upper town and Château Frontenac.

Above, Château Frontenac.

Above, Place Royale.

Above, bust of King Louis XIV of France.

Above, La Vivrière fountain.

Above, La Fresque des Québecois.

Above, back in the upper town.

Walk along the ramparts of Québec City

During my holiday in Québec, I stayed mostly in Montreal but I also made a day trip to Québec City, the provincial capital. It takes ~3h to get there by bus (Orléans Express). I spent most of the day walking along the ramparts of Québec. Their construction began at the founding of the city by the French in 1608. They are now the only remaining fortified city walls in North America.

I started the walk at Parc de l’Artillerie, crossed the old city gates and arrived at the Citadelle. I then made a detour through the Plains of Abraham then followed the Promenade des Gouverneurs to reach the Dufferin Terrace and Old Quebec. I spent some time visiting the area then made my way down to Quartier Petit-Champlain and the waterfront. It started raining pretty hard at that point so I went back to the Old City and Parc Montmorency then completed the loop to get back to my starting point.

Above, in Parc de l’Artillerie.

Above, looking towards Gare du Palais (train station).

Above, Redoute Dauphine.

Above, cannons.

Above, Porte Saint-Jean.

Above, Edifice Price, the official residency of the Premier of Québec.

Above, Place d’Youville.

Above, Maison Dauphine.

Above, Chapelle des Jésuites.

Above, Porte Kent.

Above, looking back at Porte Kent.

Above, Parliament of Québec.

Above, bust of Churchill.

Above, Porte Saint-Louis.

Above, the ramparts from the outside.

Above, Fontaine de Tourny.

Above, bust of Gandhi.

Above, Parc de l’Esplanade.

Above, Citadelle being restored (october 2016).

Above, the Plains of Abraham, where the battle for Québec was fought between the British and the French. It is a large park now.

Above, Saint-Lawrence river.

Above, on the Promenade des Gouverneurs. It goes along the wall of the Citadelle.

Above, cannon on the Citadelle.

Above, boardwalk of Dufferin Terrace, with Château Frontenac in the background.

Above, luge track.

Above, view of the Saint-Lawrence from Parc de la Reine.

Above, view from Terrasse Pierre Dugas de Mons.

Above, Monument to Samuel de Champlain.

Above, former post office (Édifice Louis-S.-St-Laurent).

Above, UNESCO monument.

Above, Parc Montmorency.

Above, Laval University.

Above, Quartier Petit-Champlain seen from the Park.

Above, on the way to the waterfront.

Above, funicular to Old Québec.

Above, view of Château Frontenac from the waterfront.

Above, back on the ramparts, with heavy rain.

Above, silos and Bassin Louise.