Christmas is associated with twinkling lights and glittery nights and is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in the world.
My fascination with Christmas and its resplendent markets goes long back when as I child I would watch old English classic movies which would portray the delight of children visiting decorated shops and spending the few cents that they had, on buying Christmas candy and gifts for each other. Well, one such movie is the 1949 adaptation of Louisa M. Alcott's novel, "Little Women".
The portrayal of tiny cobbled streets adorned with lights, enclosed by merchant shops with candies popping out of windows and Christmas trees accessorized with bells and ornaments, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee infusing the chilly air is what led me to Quebec city for my Christmas vacations. A quaint little hamlet situated at the foot of Cap-Diamant, which is on the eastern edge of a plateau called the promontory of Quebec or the Quebec hill, this town is a remnant of its French inhabitants and history. Given its hilly landscape, the charm of this old Quebec town is enhanced by numerous churches, narrow cobbled streets, quaint antique shops and cafes and stone houses that take you back in time to 18th and 19th century Europe. This old Quebec town is truly a relic in itself.
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