Vive le Quebec

It’s no surprise one of Quebec City’s twin cities is Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi province.

Both cities are one of the oldest settlements in their respective countries. Both have served as capitals for hundreds and hundreds of years. Both have intact fortification walls surrounding the oldest sections of the city. Both have retained their historically important architectural flavour despite the needs of creating a modern city. And both have a vibrant and animated social scene with thousands of tourists filling the streets every day of the week – which makes it especially difficult to get a shot like this, below.

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The central tower of Le Chateau Frontenac, below, generally recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world.

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Stephen Keeping, below, gives it his all as he climbs the cobblestone surface of Rue Saint Jean during one of the five stages of Le Tour de Quebec.

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The sprint stage held in Vieux Quebec was held Wednesday with Keeping, representing the Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery team, defeating Canadian criterium champion Pierrick Naud in one of the heats, only to be defeated in the round of eight later in the day. In the following 32km event, Keeping took a fourth place finish and won the King of the Mountain red jersey.

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Among the many iconic buildings in the city is this small Roman Catholic church – Notre-Dame-des-Victoires situated in the lower part of the old town.

The church and the surrounding courtyard figured prominently in the final scenes of the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can when the Tom Hanks character finally corners Frank Abagnale, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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