Monthly Archives: October 2012

Our Four Favorite Tours in Quebec City

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Few of our clients have ever been to Quebec City, which is surprising, given its thriving culture, natural beauty, and rich history (Founded in 1608, it is the oldest city in North America, where the French first settled on this continent). For those who need an introduction to the capital of the Province of Québec, we recommend embarking on at least one guided tour.

Here’s a list of our four favorite tours in Quebec City:

The City Tour

This casual introductory tour of Old Québec helps newcomers get their bearings in the historic heart of French Canada. The city’s old-world atmosphere is lined with narrow streets, steep hills, and a number of historical treasures on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

Highlights

  • Old Québec
  • Place-Royale
  • Plains of Abraham
  • Place d’Armes
  • Chateau Frontenac
  • Ramparts of Québec City

The Carriage Tour

For those who prefer to take in the sights while sitting back in a horse-drawn carriage, this tour is for you. This traditional means of transportation is the perfect way to get lost in the history of Québec City.

Highlights

  • Parliament Hill
  • Fontaine de Tourny
  • Armoury
  • Parc des Champs de Bataille
  • Jardin Jeanne d’Arc
  • Martelo towers
  • The Sacrifice Cross

The Québec River Cruise

Gliding along the St. Lawrence River is the best way to take in both the architectural and natural beauty of Cap Diamant, the cape that forms Québec City.

Highlights

  • Orléans Island
  • Montmorency Falls
  • Cap Diamant
  • Château Frontenac
  • Île d’Orléans Bridge

The Shopping Tour

Whether looking for a souvenir, a gift, or just some new clothes, this tour is for you. It all takes place at Les Galeries de la Capitale, a 1,500,000 sq-ft shopping mall with 280 stores and 35 restaurants. It goes without saying that there’s something for everyone, including an indoor amusement park with a rollercoaster and skating rink for the kids.

Highlights

  • Mega-Parc
  • 280 stores
  • 35 restaurants

Winter in Québec

And for the hardy, there is always Québec’s famed winter festival. Celebrate winter in one of the coldest cities in North America with all the trimmings of bash to be remembered all the way through next spring!

Our Five Favorite Buildings in Downtown Chicago

Chicago is world-renowned for its architecture. In fact, Chicago is home to the first skyscraper ever built. Ever since, the city that we are proud to call home has been a hotbed of innovative design. Just walking to our offices is its own architecture tour. So we’ve compiled our top-five favorite buildings in downtown. (Spoiler Alert: Neither Willis nor Hancock made the list.)

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Architect: Bertrand Goldberg

Address: 300 N. State Street

 

 

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Architect: Frank Gehry

Address: 201 E. Randolph Street

 

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Architects: Daniel and Hubert Burnham

Address: 230 N. Michigan Avenue

 

 

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Architects: Joachim G. Giaver and Frederick P. Dinkelberg

Address: 35 E. Wacker Drive

 

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Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Address: 230 South Dearborn Street

Sausalito, Alcatraz, and the USS Hornet in San Francisco

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Every year, a multinational consumer goods company invites executives from its Brazilian client-companies to a new destination. While the location always changes, the cities all share one thing in common; they are hotbeds of education and innovation.

This year, the Brazilians made the trip to San Francisco. The educational portion of the trip revolved around two major institutions: Google and Stanford. The Brazilians toured the busy Google offices in Mountain View before visiting Stanford, where they took in two days’ worth of industry-relevant speakers and sessions.

There were, however, still some exciting times to be had in San Francisco. Here are a few highlights:

Art in Sausalito

They say that Sausalito is why they built the Golden Gate Bridge. An easy drive from San Francisco, the bayside city is famous for its thriving art scene. Whether you’re looking to invest in premium works of art or just pick up some funky local creations to remember your trip by, Sausalito has it.

Dinner at Alcatraz

From the beautiful island of Sausalito, we chartered a ferry to the notorious prison-island of Alcatraz. We toured the grounds of The Rock, visited the cells of famous inmates such as Al Capone, and were eventually led to the prison’s hospital. While a prison hospital is not the first place you’d expect to have a nice dinner, this former inmate treating room was transformed into a first-class dining room.

History onboard the USS Hornet

We had our final gala dinner aboard the USS Hornet, a decommissioned aircraft carrier. Having participated in World War II and the Apollo 11 space mission, the legendary aircraft carrier is now also a museum. We explored the ship’s many decks, and got up close to the classic propeller aircraft, jets, and helicopters throughout.

Especially intriguing for international visitors, San Francisco is a microcosm of the United States. It offers art, history, dining, and entertainment, in addition to some of the most forward-thinking companies and universities in the world. Our Brazilian friends enjoyed themselves immensely, and many wondered why they’d never visited this vibrant City by the Bay before.