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2010-02-16 05:51:57
I wasn't very clear before fbo: Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. While many of the major cities in Mexico date from the sixteenth century, among cities in Canada and the U.S.A. only St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador; Port Royal, Nova Scotia; St. Augustine, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Jamestown, Virginia; and Tadoussac, Quebec were created earlier than Quebec City. However, Quebec City is the first to have been founded with the goal of permanent settlement, and not as a commercial outpost, and therefore is considered to be the FIRST European-built city in non-Spanish North America. Wikipedia
2010-02-15 22:13:53
......while I doubt not that Vancouver and Quebec are beautiful and wonderful places, Hernan Cortez founded Vera Cruz in 1519, ( the same year Leonardo da Vinci died )....by the time Quebec city was founded ( 1608 ) the Spanish had already moved into and established settlements in what would become the United States...in the development of European civilization in the Americas, the French, Dutch and English were all Johnny-come-latelys compared to the Spaniards...
2010-02-15 17:58:40
The water taxis are great for getting around the False Creek area. Vancouver is considered one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in the world. It is surrounded by mountains (coastal & north) and beaches, bays, inlets.. Vancouver had great bike paths; it's very pedestrian oriented. Our mayor bikes to work everyday. Where else can you go sailing during the day, and ski at night? Quebec City is the oldest settlement in North America. It is very unique in that they have kept and maintained their beautiful stone buildings, cobblestone streets etc. Americans love it; they feel they are in Europe while there. It is very beautiful to see. The Province of Quebec has more culture than any other province in Canada...the arts... I hope that you will be able to visit Vancouver and/or Quebec City someday.
2010-02-15 12:47:57
What a cute little water bus - From all the pics of Vancouver and Quebec you and others have posted here Canada looks like it would be an interesting place to visit
2010-02-15 07:53:54
This little bus takes you around False Creek from downtown Vancouver to Science World (from the Word's Fair 1986), and Granville Island (actually a peninsula) with huge indoor and outdoor markets - restaurants - shops - restaurants - arts, and to If I'm in the area with my bike, I can load it on this one, but not the other one. The other one goes to Vanier Park (Kitsilano Beach), Granville Island... We had a little glitch at the opening ceremonies...one of the pillars did not rise (only 3 did) when it came time to light the flame. This is the first time in Olympic history that the Olympic Torch is indoors. A tiny little problem with the protesters :-) They broke shop glasses, etc. Well, after all, this is Vancouver - founders of Greenpeace, B.C. Bud, and the second biggest hippy colony in the world - after San Francisco. I saw the torch on its final leg of the journey. After watching the Opening Ceremonies (I did not attend), my friends and I rushed to where Rick Hansen (on a pick-up) took the torch to the outdoor one. He, along with Terry Fox, are our heroes.