Rainy Day Stroll
by guest blogger, Elmer Prather
It's been raining a lot today in Victoria, BC, which is about as far west as one can get from Montreal, QC. There are several rainy days forecasted, which made us think of Mr. Prather and his write up for Rainy Day Stroll. We hope you enjoy it!
My latest puzzle is a 1000-piece titled Rainy Day Stroll by John O’Brien. Before I spend the time putting a puzzle together, I must have a connection to it. My connection to this puzzle is the visual similarities in the puzzle picture of two cities, Paris France, and a city I have visited several times, Quebec City, Canada.
In the puzzle picture the focal point is the distant view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. It also includes a small group of old storefronts where flowers, bread, fruits, and other products are sold. There are also two sidewalk cafes.
The picture reminds me of Quebec City, Canada, which was founded by Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer, in 1608.
Most of the people in Quebec speak French as their first language. Only 5% of people living there do not. This sometimes causes challenges when tourists like me, who do not speak French, have questions for merchants when trying to purchase items in their stores.
There are 85 Roman Catholic parishes in the Quebec City area. On one of my visits to Quebec I toured the Notre-Dame de Quebec Basilica which ranks as the oldest church in Canada.