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A Canadian Chateau View

Every time I see this building, I let out a sigh!

Why? Well, it’s impressive! Its architecture, its placement high on a hill, and its reminiscence of all things French. And I’ve never been inside it. It’s a bit intimidating.

This is the historic and luxurious Chateau Frontenac Hotel, an icon of Québec City, Canada. Built in 1873 as part of a series of chateau-like hotels designed by the American architect, Bruce Price, this building is touted to be the most photographed hotel in the world. And many were doing the selfie thing from the vantage point of this 74th Mini, “A Chateau View, Québec City”.

To me, this building is almost like a “Canadian castle” – our Neuschwanstein . I see it, and immediately all kinds of stories start to materialize in my head about life in this prosperous city when it opened, important historical meetings that took place here, and the 19th ladies who’ve taken a cocktail or two in its opulent lounges. I’ve attached so much romanticism to this building, that I wonder if it would all evaporate if I stepped inside (and certainly if I read the Trip Advisor reviews!).

I think I’m happier keeping my distance and embracing my artistic appreciation of this Canadian treasure!

#73 – A Chateau View, Québec City

(2.5″ x 3.5″, ink and watercolour)

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