07.31.2013 - 07.31.2013 82 °F
After breakfast out on the patio of Panache, we headed next door to the Musee de Civilization. There was an interesting exhibit on the history of video games...again making me feel old since Pong is now a museum piece! We sat down to play and my Pong skills have not improved in 40 years. We progressed through Space Invaders, PacMan, the earliest version of Wii up through modern day versions of Nintendo and PlayStation. I have never been much of a video gamer...not sure how Mike developed such interest and skill. Two early teens sat down to play Pong and, after about 45 seconds, they announced to each other, "This is sooooooo boring!!" So Margaret and I got to play. What was boring was constantly watching the little white ball evade my virtual paddle. There were other exhibits on the history of Quebec and another interesting exhibit on Paris. After a couple hours we retired to the Museum cafe for some lemonade. As we were discussing "where to next"' we both agreed we were museumed out and sightseeing weary and we just went back to the room. I noticed that there was a change in our flight tomorrow from Quebec to Newark which only left us about 40 minutes to collect our bags, go through customs and catch the connecting flight to SFO. I called United and they were able to book us on another flight an hour later.
The owners of the hotel sponsored a kind of happy hour from 5:30-6:30 in the hotel lobby. Muffy Price was there as was the hotel's general manager and manager, both of whom went out of their way to talk to us and ask us how we chose the hotel and for feedback. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres were served. It was a nice gesture.
We had dinner in the upper part of Old Quebec at Le Pain Beni. It was a beautiful evening and we sat in the outdoor part of a very charming cafe that had the look of old Quebec on the exterior but with a modern interior. I had fondue which was very good and Margaret had sea bass, also very good. We returned to the hotel bar where Margaret had dessert and her first dominoe win in Canada. As wonderful as this trip has been, we are both anxious to get home tomorrow...and this will end the blog unless something exciting happens tomorrow like our departure from Scotland two years ago.