As a young city girl living in the midst of noise, I became aware of something very special—in the stillness, there exists a voice that cuts through the darkness and touches the soul. Maybe it tells a story of the places we live, why we’re there, why it feels like home, and what we’re meant to do.
At the family cottage, or visiting family in the East Coast, the sun, the moon, the stars, the land; the rivers and creeks I walked and listened to, the lakes and oceans I would swim in or watch the ripples and tides, the trees and leaves that whispered in their steadfast existence… everything would connect and fill me somehow with God’s presence.
In this Canada Legacy Series, I’m using both imagination, real life experience, and prayers to tap into the beauty of the land and peoples to paint and write the impressions that come. To simply be an interpreter… bringing forth the beauty, power, wisdom, love and grace of the LAND-SEA-SKY and the ever-present, ever-loving Creator of all.
Rendez-vous romantique Québec—an abstract representation of Canada’s largest province of Québec; three times the size of France and seven times the size of Great Britain—extraordinary. With much of the mineral rich province unexplored; sculpted by glaciers into rounded hills, rapidly flowing rivers, lakes and dense forests, I could not help but then be enchanted by the romantic and picturesque Québec City—ooh la la. It’s like stepping into an old and quaint European city.
QC—known for its history, French and British inspired architecture, the food scene—especially the infamous poutine, European-style eateries, sidewalk cafés, plenty of shops and parks to enjoy.
Take your walking shoes to explore this city of nearly 30 outdoor staircases with names like “Escalier Casse-Cou” (“Neck Breaker Staircase”), museums, and churches dating back to the 1600’s. The most recognizable landmark in the city is a giant luxury hotel—Fairmont Château Frontenac and resembles a castle. Inspired by the Loire castles in France, it towers over the city on a hill.
Cobblestone streets, the St. Lawrence River a backdrop, surrounded by stone walls the French built hundreds of years ago to protect the city from being attacked, it’s like stepping back in time, to a whole other era filled with romantic notions to captivate a joie de vivre heart.
Old Québec City—a UNESCO World Heritage Site with almost half the buildings there built before 1850—is a rare find with its diversity in architecture and way of life.
Rendez-vous romantique Québec—The Oldest City In North America (founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608), sits on the banks of the mightiest River, St. Lawrence, inarguably the most romantic city in Canada with feasts of inspiration for the eyes, the heart and the tummy. The light and colours on the hill overlooking this city—most assuredly inspired this artiste’s brushstrokes.