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[Summer edition.]Hello, friends! How is summer going for you? Too fast? Same here. Less time on the internet (other than work), and more time outside is my motto for this season. For those times when you want something to read, I’ve been gathering good links. Here are some that I’ve found lately:
- A new podcast, Brave State Vermont, talks about Vermont’s marble and concrete sculptures at interstate rest areas.
- This election brings up a lot of arguments and tension in society. One thing cannot be denied: white, male privilege is a real thing.
- Dollar General: how did it overtake Vermont so quickly? Moral of the story: zoning and regulations, people.
What have you been reading lately? Any good preservation adventures? Hope you have a fabulous, fun weekend!
Being a tourist offers the luxury of time, assuming you’re not one to over schedule (younger me did such things – I’ve learned my lesson). Without too much of a schedule you’re free to wander, stop, stare at architecture, and take in the new sights and sounds, and hopefully local flavors (beer + gelato, anyone?). My favorite modes of transportation for city exploring are via bike and foot. Bikes cover greater distances so you can see more than when walking. It’s easier to navigate while on a bike than in a car, and you don’t have to worry about parking. You can get out of the tourist-centric areas and see more of the city. And, it’s good exercise (to work off that beer and gelato). Find a bike path or bike lane, and you’re set. Walking, of course, is best in crowded areas and really allows you to stroll hand in hand or hand in camera, whatever your preference.
Quebec City is such a place: bike friendly and pedestrian friendly. There is so much to see that you will need a bike. Just be prepared for some ridiculously steep hills. Seriously, I’d rather run up those hills than bike some. And make sure you have good brakes! The city is filled with bike paths and bike lanes, including a linear park / bike path along the St. Lawrence River (the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain). Don’t worry if you’re not into hills; it’s flat. And when you get hungry, head back into the city for some architectural eye candy and good food.
Here are some of the scenes from the bicycle and pedestrian point of view.
I highly recommend a visit to Quebec City. Have you been? Do you prefer to a be a cyclist or a pedestrian? What cities are your favorite?
Happy Friday, friends! Happy travels.