Back from Quebec: My Summer Vacation

P1020312For some reason I always get “bloggers’ block” when I get home from a vacation. Why is that? I have no idea. I’m great about setting up posts while I’m away, and then I figure I’ll just pick back up once I get home. But when I get back I just can’t concentrate.

I’m supposed to be reading for my summer class, but instead I’ve spent two days working on a review of Redeployment by Phil Klay. Amazing book — but one of the toughest reviews I’ve written (and maybe the longest). Mainly because I really want to do justice this book, and I want to get the subject matter right.

So in the meantime, here are a few pics from my vacation. We went to Montreal to see the USA play Germany in the Women’s World Cup semifinals, then went on to Quebec City (the husband prefers no family photos on the blog, so you’re getting landscapes).

Some highlights of our trip:

  • Seeing our team win! Our audience was mostly USA fans, and it was great to see so many girls in the audience. Plus they went on to win the World Cup.


  • The Montmorency Falls


  • Eating fresh strawberries on Ile D’Orleans.
  • Touring the Citadel, walking on old city walls, and seeing a cannon fired.
  • P1020320Speaking French — or trying to!
  • Drinking wine from a hotel vending machine with my sister (it’s the little things).
  • And most of all, spending the week with my amazing nieces.

We did a lot of sightseeing, but honestly, I wouldn’t say sightseeing is why I would go to these cities. Some of the museums were pretty disappointing, as was local delicacy “poutine” (fries with gravy and cheese curds: blech). It was more fun for its European atmosphere and the cobble-stoned winding streets.

P1020343I’m working on reviews of The Interestings, The Grand Sophy, and Us. And I’m hoping to review The Hungry Girl Diet Cookbook at some point. I just started House of Mirth and just finished a Regency mystery, Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross. That puts me on the fourth book of my summer TBR list.

Hope you’re enjoying the summer! It’s my favorite time of year.

  8 comments for “Back from Quebec: My Summer Vacation

  1. CHZ
    July 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm

    Love Quebec City. Glad that you enjoyed it!

    • July 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      Quebec City was beautiful, and so was the area around it. We rushed through Montreal, so I’d like to see more of it.

  2. July 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I’m so jealous you got to go to the US-Germany game. We cheered in the family room… with divided loyalties. 🙂 We went to Quebec 3 years ago, and we really loved it there. It sounds like you had a great vacation as well.

    • July 12, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      We had a great time, and the game was a lot of fun! I will say it’s harder (for me at least) to know what’s going on in a live game — the replays and commentaries really help. But the crowd was awesome!

  3. Gerilynn
    July 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

    The vending machine wine definitely made my top ten! It is definitely the little things 🙂

    • July 12, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks for commenting, and great to see you on the blog! Sometimes it’s the times just hanging out that are most memorable.

  4. July 12, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I’d like to go to Quebec one of these days. So many great places in the world to visit! We’re just coming off of a month long vacation in Colorado, so I definitely know what you mean about it being hard to get back into the swing of things!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  5. July 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    Oh the World Cup was amazing. The US team played so well down the stretch. I watched all their games and more. Nice photos of your trip! I look forward to hearing if Us is a worthy novel to pick up. thanks

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