Why I Didn’t Mind Today’s 5:00 a.m. Wakeup Call

Travelling for conferences and networking can be wonderful, but also a non-stop whirl of activity.

That’s why it’s generally nice to sleep in until at least 6:00 or so.

However, I’m staying in a room at Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

Fairmont Le Chateau Quebec Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

The Chateau is said to be the world’s most photographed hotel, and this shot I took from below the walls of Old Quebec on the weekend will show you why. In fact, my room is one of those in the main tower above, and overlooks the two turrets you see near the right of the photo. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The room also overlooks Canada’s famous St. Lawrence River.

While we’ve been indoors in meetings much of the past couple of days, the weather has undergone dramatic swings from gorgeous blue skies and sunshine to thunderstorm warnings and pelting rain yesterday. Knowing that one of the windows in my room faces eastward, I pulled up the blinds before calling it a night last evening …

… and was rewarded with this dramatic awakening at 5:00 a.m. Enjoy!

Sunrise over the St Lawrence 0574 Copyright Shelagh Donnelly

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