New Year’s Eve in Québec City

Do you want to dance, see a show and rock out, and really live it up on New Year’s Eve? How about eat, shop, enjoy a toboggan ride, ice skate, ski, or slide on an inner tube in the snow during the days before or after New Year’s Eve? Maybe you would like to watch some hockey, enjoy the Christmas décor, or twinkling lights, on New Year’s Eve Day. If so, Québec City is the place to be! There are so many activities to do on New Year’s Eve, and the days and weeks before and after, that you would Continue Reading →

A Thunderstorm, an Island, a Porch, and a Photography Book about The Porches of Île d’Orléans

I fell in love with the homes of Île d’Orléans, with their grand architecture. Not knowing much of the history of the island yet, I remember feeling like I was swept back in time, to an era of centuries ago. To an era of people savoring the outdoors and food of their island. To a place where the home was for family and friends visiting, sitting, talking, laughing, eating. All outdoors on a grand, inviting, hospitable porch.  – Debby Lee Jagerman-Dungan It was a dark and stormy afternoon. Which was odd, because the rest of the day, and most of Continue Reading →

My Travel Guide to Île d’Orléans – Québec City

Île d’Orléans is a small island of only 76 square miles, but with nearly 20 boutiques and galleries representing over 80 artists and craftspeople, and with over 40 businesses and restaurants representing the agritourism industry on the island, Île d’Orléans is large in what it offers the visitor. It is an island where there are no fences between the homes and farms, and where people leave their clothes hanging out to dry on a line in the fresh air. Products are locally made and businesses are locally owned. The one road that encircles the island, the 42-mile Chemin Royal (Royal Continue Reading →

Tips for Walking Île d’Orléans

In the middle of the mighty St. Lawrence River, but within sight of Québec City, sits Île d’Orléans, an entire island that is a designated historical district. The traditional Québec countryside is preserved here in this, the cradle of New France. Visitors can delight in the island’s plentiful (and flavourful) agricultural heritage nestled amid gorgeous scenery. – Official Tourism Site for Île d’Orléans I am honored to be one of the few people to walk the 42-mile Chemin Royal (Royal Road) that encircles Île d’Orléans, an amazing island near Québec City, Canada. This experience combined my love of the island Continue Reading →

The Porches of Île d’Orléans, and My “Final” Reason (out of 42) to Visit Île d’Orléans

June 2014 update to this blog: The travel photography book project that I mention in this blog that I had wanted to create is done! It is called, “The Porches of Île d’Orléans: Seeing the Island through its Windows and Doors while walking Chemin Royal,” and it is available on Amazon. The porches of Île d’Orléans. With their brilliant and varied colors, their adorned windows and doors, the decorations of flowers and other items displayed on the porches, and their many places to sit and relax. I just loved photographing as many porches as I could during my 42-mile walk Continue Reading →