Quebec Parliament at night
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Quebec Parliament at night

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The Quebec Parliament. This is where the National Assembly of Quebec sieges. Image was taken after dusk in the middle of the touristic season in the city.

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A: Assemblée Nationale Québec

Af Pierre-André Bergeron, 20 meter væk

Assemblée Nationale Québec

B: Between Churchill and Roosevelt at Porte St-Jean

Af Pierre-André Bergeron, 170 meter væk

Between Churchill and Roosevelt at Porte St-Jean

C: Observatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers l'Est

Af Vincent Royer, 300 meter væk

Observatoire de Québec, Canada, Vue vers l'Est

Observatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers l'Est

D: Observatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers le Nord

Af Vincent Royer, 330 meter væk

Observatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers le Nord

Observatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers le Nord

E: Plaines d'Abraham Québec City

Af Pierre-André Bergeron, 330 meter væk

Plaines d'Abraham Québec City

F: Observatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers l'Ouest

Af Vincent Royer, 350 meter væk

Observatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers l'OuestObservatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers l'OuestObs...

Observatoire de Québec, Canada - Vue vers l'Ouest

G: Place d'Youville

Af Pierre-André Bergeron, 350 meter væk

Place d'Youville

H: Sur Les Ramparts

Af Michael McLean, 400 meter væk

Sur Les Ramparts

I: Staircase leading to tunnels under the Citadelle of Québec

Af Vincent Royer, 410 meter væk

Staircase leading to tunnels under the Citadelle of Québec Staircase leading to tunnels under the Cit...

Staircase leading to tunnels under the Citadelle of Québec

J: Église Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur - Québec, Canada

Af Vincent Royer, 410 meter væk

Église Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur - Québec, Canada Cette église est identique, du point de vue archite...

Église Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur - Québec, Canada

Dette panorama blev taget i Province du Quebec, Quebec

Dette er et overblik over Quebec

Quebec is the largest province in Canada and the only one with French as its official language. It takes its name from an Algonquin word meaning "narrows" where the St. Lawrence River cuts deeply through rock cliffs.

Quebec has strong nationalistic feelings about its identity within Canada and has almost seceded twice (in fact, Quebec has held two referendums in order to seperate but it was not THAT successful.. though in 1996 it was really close...). It recently (as of 2006) acquired symbolic status as a Quebecois nation within Canada.

Quebec was founded in 1763 when France signed Canada over to Britain; the ceremonial head of state is Queen Elizabeth II, and the country's government functions as a parliamentary democracy.

That being said, we are free to talk about poutine.

Poutine is an amazing gastronomic assault weapon invented by a truck driver in 1957. If the Abominable Snowman could be a food, it would be poutine. Poutine is the heavy artillery of the food domain.

Like the foundation to the house, the hull to the ship, like a Red Cross blood drive to Count Dracula, is poutine to Canadians.

Now let me stop here to tell you: this is not the only amazing food combination that a truck driver has come up with. In Pittsburgh there's a place called Primanti's that serves sandwiches with both french fries AND coleslaw piled on top. They're too big to pick up even with both hands. Legend has it that a trucker with no time to spare ordered a plate of food, mashed it all between two pieces of bread and took it on the road.

Well, poutine has a similarly glorious beginning except it's about sixteen million times better (and that's saying a lot).

A hungry truck driver came into Fernand LaChance's restaurant one day and ordered LaChance's special potatos and cheese curds combination. Then he asked for a side order of gravy and POURED IT RIGHT INTO THE BAG ON TOP OF THE FRIES!!!

The earth shook, stars fell from the sky and a few deep sea creatures stirred in the muck as he plunked down at a table, ripped the bag apart and ate the whole thing.

Thus poutine was born and it is here to stay, probably in your arteries somewhere next to the bacon. Empires may crumble and fall, mountains may wear down to dust, glaciers may creep across the face of the deserts but a Canadian's love for poutine will echo onward through the madness of space, for all time.

The End.

Text by Steve Smith.

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