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Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral More than a religious destination Do you want to visit a French-speaking city with a European feel? No need to board an overseas flight to France when you can take a quick trip to Montréal or Québec City and enjoy the eclectic architecture, boutiques and variety of food offerings that make these cities unique. Travel to Québec is especially convenient for visitors from the U.S. “Montréal is only a six-hour drive from New York City, or a two-hour flight from Chicago. By visiting us in Québec, you 20 April/May 2018 get all the advantages of the European culture without the long overseas flight or exhausting jetlag,” says Massalaz. “We are also a very affordable destination!” In addition, she points to other Québec offerings: History and art You can travel back to the 17th century and walk the cobbled streets of Old Montréal, admire works of art, see the stained glass of the Gothic Revival architecture and visit the Notre Dame Basilica, which tells the story of the founders of the city. Another must-see is Québec City, founded in 1608 and the only walled city in North America north of Mexico. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site that surrounds you with old-world charm as you stroll through the romantic Petit Champlain district, a quaint neighborhood filled with unique boutiques and bistros. For a unique art experience, visit the Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio and Museum, a family-owned business located just 15 minutes from Québec City. Based on repoussé, the art of metal embossing, this studio and museum