• Fundamentals for Fun at Fifty-Five

    1. Dare to try new things

    2. Say yes to opportunities

    3. Relax, smile, dance away your worries

    4. If not now, when?

    5. Just do it (you can analyze later)

  • Discounts for Fifty-Five +

    Golden Griddle Restaurant - 10% discount (excluding alcohol)
    Shoppers Drug Mart - 20% discount on Thursdays
    Zellers - 20% discount first Monday of month
    Thrifty Rental - 5% off time and mileage
    Best Western - 10% off room rates
    Sandman Hotels - 25% off room rates
    Howard Johnson Hotels - 10% off room rates

  • Fifty-Five is …

    fabulous, fanciful, fancy-free, fantastic, far-out, fashionable, fearless, feisty, fiery, fine, flamboyant, flashy, flattering, flirtatious, folksy, forthright, fortunate, foxy, frank, free, fresh, friendly, frivolous, fulsome, fun, funky, funny

Fabulous Birthday Surprises (à la française)!

#11 ~ Have fabulous Fridays (take the day off to do something fun and funky)

I aced this one, with the help of my partner. My birthday happened to fall on a Friday this year and he surprised me by taking me away for the weekend. All he told me was to pack long johns and a bathing suit. I had no idea if we were driving, flying, or walking, camping, sailing or hiking.

We flew to … Quebec City!

Yes, I needed the long johns, and yes, we did a LOT of walking. He said the bathing suit was just to keep me confused (it worked!)

We stayed in a lovely hotel (Château Bellevue), near the Château Frontenac, with a beautiful view of the St. Lawrence River. The Old City was all within easy walking distance, although the word “easy” is in reference to distance only. Old Quebec City was built on the highest point of land so as to protect the settlers from invasion. In fact, it’s still surrounded by the original wall and numerous gates.

One of the gates of the Old City

Today that vantage point translates into a lot of climbing – up and down stairs, up and down hills.

On my fabulous Friday birthday we

  • explored the Old City (and its extraordinary murals)

Having a chat with Samuel de Champlain, founder of Quebec City

  • stopped at the Old Port Market and bought some Quebec cheese and wine (and chocolate-covered Quebec cranberries)
  • took the “funiculaire” rail car from Lower Town to Upper Town

View of Lower Town (and the ferry on the St. Lawrence River) from the funiculaire

  • had an amazing lunch at a Provençal restaurant (where the wonderful server brought me a scrumptious piece of chocolate mousse cake – usually only served in the evening – because it was my birthday)

Mmmm, chocolate!!

  • wandered through the Notre Dame de Québec Basilica (and heard the organist playing the 2nd largest pipe organ in the world!)
  • had a delicious dinner at another funky restaurant
  • saw amazing sculptures

Near the port. Designed to look like the prow of a ship. See the waves in the cobblestone?

  • meandered back uphill through the beautifully lit shops in Lower Town to the Château Frontenac
  • detoured through the Frontenac’s stone archways on the way to our hotel and gazed from the boardwalk over the sparkling lights of the city below

Does it get any better than that? Here’s to another fabulous year!! For more photos, check out the Photos and Quotes page.

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  • Julie Wise is …

    a writer, author (Dream BIGGER: Reclaiming a Life of Joy and Ease), life/relationship coach and an intuitive healer by day. By night, she dances flamenco, thrives on chocolate and good red wine (shiraz will do!) She secretly plots to change the world, one dream at a time.
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