Originally Posted by someone123
Quebec City is funny. Sometimes people think that structures like the gates or even the Chateau Frontenac are all from the French colonial era. In reality it's been a touristy city for a long time and even around 1900 there was a deliberate attempt to build in a romantic style. Montreal on the other hand was always the more utilitarian city.
Bahaha, I LOVE it!
Same thing in St. John's. I'll never forget when my cousins from Scotland were visiting. We were taking the double-decker bus tour of St. John's and the conversation went like this:
Tour guide: "The colourful houses are really a response to the weather. Newfoundlanders traditionally painted their houses in bright colours so they would be more easily visible to fishermen returning in fog."
My mother, under her breath, after gasping and giggling: "Bullshit. When I was growing up, colourful in St. John's meant your house had TWO shades of grey. All of this was part of a beautification project in the 70s."