February 28 Pamela MacNaughtan

If I’m in Canada, Why Have I Been Silent?

I’m still very much alive, although my silence would have some assume otherwise. I’m in Canada. I’m staying with family. I’ve been here since mid-December, and I probably won’t leave until May or June. Most days (during the week) I get dressed about 3:00 p.m. as that is when my nieces get home from school and they hang at my mom’s house for a few hours until their parents are finished working for the day. While I spend my of my day without pants, that doesn’t mean I’m watching movies all day and eating chocolate, I’m usually on my laptop, writing, just not on here.

I’m working on a big project, one I stopped doing when I come home to take care of my dad, and didn’t restart until eight months after his death.

It’s not a big secret that I fell in love with Québec City after my three-day visit in August 2013. I returned in October and November, and had a sublet apartment for a month in December before getting a real apartment in May 2014.

It was during this time that I decided I wanted to write a travel guide to Québec City. Naturally I had no idea how to do that, or how I wanted it to look. I knew I wanted to have a website for it, and at the time I was focused on a print version. I knew I wanted to highlight locals instead of big corporations. I started exploring and researching and writing.

Almost twenty months later, I launched the Urban Guide Québec website. It’s not complete. At the time of launch I had neighbourhood guides for the three more popular areas of Québec City: Vieux Québec, Petit-Champlain and Place Royale, and Vieux Port. I also had a couple of blog posts. This is what I am calling phase one.

Phase two is currently in progress: maps and instagram photos have been added to each of the neighbourhood guides, and research is underway for the next three neighbourhoods: Grand Allée and Montcalm, Saint-Jean-Baptist, and Saint-Roch. I’m also adding some self-guided tours, suggested itineraries, and creating a couple short videos. And I’ve decided to commission some articles from writers who have had recent trips to Québec City.

The last two months have been busy, and I don’t foresee that changing for at least a couple more months.

This is a cog in a larger plan/empire. Québec City is the first, the baby. It’s part of a brand I’m building called Urban Guides, and I have plans to add more in-depth city guides in the near future. At the moment the next guide site after Québec City will be either Montréal or Toronto.

Will Savoir Faire Abroad go away? No, I’m still keeping this website (my first). I’m in the midst of planning content, and hope to publish 1-2 times a week. I have a trip planned for the Dominican in April, and possibly a jaunt to Scotland for May. I’m still travelling here and there.

It’s been a crazy twenty-two months, the hardest months of my life. Caring for, and losing, my dad was a big blow and it took longer to come out of the resulting haze than I expected. Honestly, I’m not sure I’m fully out of it, I think I’m merely getting closer.

I’m excited about Urban Guide Québec, and the plans I have for the Urban Guides brand. I hope you will check them out and give me your honest feedback.

Pamela xo

About the Author

Pamela MacNaughtan I'm a travel writer and photographer who specializes in bespoke travel experiences. I write about boutique, savvy and cultural travel. My writing has been featured in Outpost Magazine, Travel + Escape, and UP! Magazine.

Comments (2)

  1. Sorry to hear about your Dad … bet you can’t wait to get back out on the road in June!

  2. Ted

    I too am sorry to hear about your Dad. It takes a while, so just do it one day at a time.

    Getting all the bits and pieces together for something is a chore I am familiar with so you’re not alone. Once you’re back on the road to somewhere, stuff will fall away and the Unknown will greet you with a silly grin on its face, wondering what you will do next – Surprise it.

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