French Language And Culture Cultural Studies Essay

French language and culture

Sanju George

Prof - Susy Stewart

Wednesday, march 06, 2013

Itinerary page

Day 1 -

arrive at the airport and reach the hotel that I already booked for the accommodation

Day 2 -

Place - parliament building

Geographical Area:  Downtown   

Category: Historic Sites

Day 3 -

Place - Observatoire de la capital

Location - downtown

Category - tourist site

Day 4 -

Place - Cimetière Saint Matthew

Location - downtown

Category - religious sites

Day 5 -

Place - Palais Montcalm

Category - theatres and auditoriums

Day 6 -

Place - Les Délices de l'Érable

Category - museum

Day 7 -

Place - Galerie d'art Les Trois Colombes

Category - art gallery

Off to the airport

Introduction

In order to learn more about French culture and history I plan a seven days tour to Quebec. My expectations about this tour is not only to explore the beauty of the Quebec but also to gain knowledge about the arts and cultures, the cuisines, and the history of a French province. I planned a tour to visit places that meet my expectations. I am very excited about my tour that starts from march 10 and ends in march 16. As I am a cuisine lover, I will learn to make some fine French dishes too. I hope my tour meets my expectations and hope I get a great time there.

List of places to visit in Quebec

Sunday March 10, 2013 (first day)

Arrive at the Quebec airport and drive to a comfortable hotel in the level of accommodations that I already booked. Then escort for an afternoon visit to the colonial and modern parts of the city and experience the climate and beauty of surroundings near the hotel , Including a buffet lunch at a famous restaurant to experience the fine cuisine of Quebec.

Monday march 11, 2013 (second day)

Place - parliament building

Geographical Area:  Downtown   

Category: Historic Sites

The day start with a visit to the most important historical site in Québec City. The Parliament Building is an imposing structure comprising four wings that form a square of about 100 metres (330') per side. One of the few buildings in North America whose architecture in Second Empire style. The tour of the Parliament Building includes the National Assembly Chamber (where the members of provincial parliament sit) with its Renaissance architecture and the Legislative Council Chamber (standing committees have been held here since 1968). After visiting the place, I search for some fine hotels to get some good meals and return to the hotel (Quebec city and region, 2013)

Tuesday march 12, 2013 (third day)

Place - Observatoire de la capital

Location - downtown

Category - tourist site

Day start with a plan to explore the beauty of Quebec city. A 360° view of Québec city from 221 meters up. That is the experience awaiting me at the Observatoire de la Capitale. The Observatoire's expansive windows provide a spectacular view of Québec City and its maze of streets as well as the majestic river and the mountains. Important thing is to learn about the history of Québec City through an interactive multimedia visit, a surprising journey through time. In addition to the spectacular views of Québec City and the Journey Through Time multimedia tour, visitors can take part in a fun rally for the whole family at Observatoire de la Capitale (Quebec city and region, 2013). After enjoying the beauty of Quebec city, try some fine cuisine and back to hotel

Wednesday march 13, 2013 (fourth day)\

Place - Cimetière Saint Matthew

Location - downtown

Category - religious sites

Plan to visit the religious sites in Quebec. Day start with a visit to Cimetière Saint Matthew.

An estimated 6000 to 10 000 people of the Anglican and Presbyterian faiths were buried in this cemetery between 1772 and 1860. As in most cemeteries from that period, the majority of the deceased were buried in unmarked graves, though there are still 314 tombstones in the cemetery bearing 518 inscriptions. The tour was recorded in English and French by historian David Mendel, who relates the history of the site through his touching description of the tombstones and the people interred in the cemetery. This 40-minute tour is enhanced by a soundtrack, archived documents and recent photographs by Luc-Antoine Couturier. Visitors may borrow an iPod for the app tour from the Saint-Jean-Baptiste Library (Quebec city and region, 2013). After visiting the church I will go to Chapelle des Jésuites and Chalmers-Wesleys United Church which is located .40 km from downtown (Quebec city and region, 2013).

Thursday march 14 , 2013 (fifth day)

Place - Palais Montcalm

Category - theatres and auditoriums

Day start with a visit to Palais Montcalm is located .36 km from downtown in place called D’Youville, the hub of Québec City’s cultural scene. Here, we can find one of the world’s best international-level concert halls, whose exceptional acoustics are recognized and appreciated by the public and performers alike. The diversified program celebrates music at its finest, with concerts by renowned artists in jazz, world, classical, blues, reggae, pop rock, tango and contemporary music! The range of musical styles ensures there is something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to hosting concerts and plays, Palais Montcalm also provide many rooms that can accommodate receptions, cocktails, fundraisers, annual assemblies, press conferences or any other event (Quebec city and region, 2013).

Friday march 15, 2013 (sixth day)

Place - Les Délices de l'Érable

Category - museum

The day for visiting museums in Quebec. The only maple museum of its kind in North America. Learn about the history of maple from the earliest times until today. Artefacts and video presentations. Sample maple products at no charge. Explanations given of different products. They accommodate groups of up to 50 and free admission (Quebec city and region, 2013). I will leave a bit early from here as I have to visit 3 more museums , Musée des Ursulines de Québec, Société du réseau ÉCONOMUSÉE and Musée de l'Amérique française.

Saturday march 16 (seventh day)

After checking out my hotel, the final day of my tour starts with a visit to one of the fine art galleries in quebec. The Galerie d'art Les Trois Colombes, Two minutes away from the Château Frontenac, Les Trois Colombes is filled with a vast selection of "Québécois" and Canadian arts and crafts. In a unique ambience, collections of Indian and Inuit art, clothing, wood sculptures, exclusivities. For a gift, souvenir or simply to take a look. After a small shopping from the art gallery I will off to airport.

Conclusion

From my tour I will learn more about Quebec and the French culture in Quebec. The historic and religious sites in Quebec told me the story about the history of Quebec. The delicious cuisines that I tried there explains the talent of chefs. The people I met there reveals their culture towards a guest. The time I spent there was a precious time in my life. I will keep the things I purchased from Quebec in my entire life. Thanks for all people who made my tour a wonderful experience in my life.

References

Quebec City and Area . Retrieved from http://www.quebecregion.com/en/what-to-do-search

[image]. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/capitolshotsphotography/4297832323/

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