Russell Brunelle (russellb) wrote,
Russell Brunelle

Maison Saint-Gabriel

Although Antoinette almost certainly stayed in Quebec City after her arrival, the filles du roi who continued on to Montreal generally stayed in this building, which is now a museum and historic site. The view you're seeing here is of the oldest part of this building, which is apparently (at least in part) the original construction.

This was by far the most informative tour I took during my entire stay in Quebec, and it conveys a huge amount of information about what daily life was like in Quebec during the second half of the seventeenth century.

For example, I was unaware until taking this tour that Quebec didn't have a foundry for most of Hilaire and Antoinette's lives, so even the simplest metal tools needed to be imported from France.
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