Belle, belle Quebec! We had an overnight here and so had nearly full 2 days to explore. We had visited Quebec previously, so had prebooked a car from Budget in the old upper town which we drove out to Ile d'Orleans. Here we really saw the full autumn colours that we had missed on our journey up the New England coast, because of the warm autumn weather. Ile d'Orleans is well worth a visit, as it turns from very urban near the bridge across the St Lawrence river, where people commute to Quebec city, to a real rural environment where they grow wine grapes, potatoes, strawberries, apples for cider, as well as all sorts of vegetables, corn, pumpkins. We stopped at La Boulang about 2/3 of the way around the southern part of the island and had a wonderful cake and coffee. We also visited a Sugar Shack where they sell Maple Syrup products. Found a wonderful restaurant in Basse Ville (lower city) called Le Lapin, (The Rabbit), 52 Rue du Petit-Champlain, where they cook and serve rabbit in all sorts of ways. We had rabbit cassoulet and a rabbit pie, both stunning. Then maple syrup creme brulee for dessert with calvados, superbe.
A word or warning for driving in Quebec on Sundays. It is a one way system that is already confusing, but on Sundays they close a lot of streets for pedestrian access, making driving very difficult. Don't use a car unless you want to visit outside the city and ask about road closures and the best way to get back to the Car hire place after you have finished driving.