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My husband and I were in Quebec City this past weekend to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary – yes, 50 years together, an amazing and wonderful accomplishment! So now, dear readers, I might as well come clean and tell you that I’m 69 years old. Still a youngster at heart, of course.

Quebec – the city not the province – was founded in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain, a French colonist, explorer, navigator and military man.

Carefully maintained remnants of the past make the city feel European: fortifying walls, enormous stone gates, old houses with shuttered windows, cobblestones, and streets that twist and turn for no apparent reason.

We stayed at the Chateau Frontenac, a celebrated hotel which opened in 1893. The man at reception upgraded us to the Alfred Hitchcock suite – thank you, Rodolpho – where the famous director stayed while filming I Confess in 1952. The suite is in one of the chateau’s towers and the walls are round – definitely charming.

Chateau Frontenac

Tower with Hitchcock suite

Hotel Clarendon

Quebec was cold and occasionally rainy while we were there, just like our honeymoon. Nonetheless, we bundled up and walked around, finding places that sparked long ago memories including the Hotel Clarendon where we stayed for $11.50 per night in 1969.

Like France, food is a passion in Quebec and we had two absolutely delicious dinners. Sensible eating resumes today!

50 years and still in love! How lucky is that?

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.