Hotel de Glace, Travel

Hotel de Glace

We just got back from a delightful time at the Hotel de Glace in Quebec, Canada.  It’s nothing short of amazing!

Upon our arrival we were greeted and instructed on how to get the best experience from our stay at the hotel.  It only takes 5 to 6 weeks for the hotel to be built each winter.  And it’s not just putting up walls – there are intricate carvings

Entryway carving

on the walls throughout the hotel.  (This entryway carving only took a week to complete).   The entryway also has an intricately sculpted chandelier.  As with many of the carvings it is lit with ever changing lights.

Chandelier

 

Chandelier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The furniture is carved on the spot also.   (Yes that really is an iron the artist is using as he carves the table.  I wonder how he would be at quilting?

Table Carving??

Each year the hotel is built with a different theme.  This year’s theme is “A Journey to the Center of Winter”.  Just as  Jules Verne novels:  A Journey to the Center of the Earth, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea etc. brought us on journeys we could never have imagined, the 2013 theme challenges the hotel visitors to set their imagine free as they  journey into the center of winter.

Bride and Groom exiting Chapel

One of the beautiful rooms is the chapel.  It  is the site of 25+ weddings each year.  That’s quite amazing considering that the hotel is only in existence for 3 months.

Ice Chapel

As luck would have it,  a wedding was in progress when we arrived.  We were not able to go into the chapel while the wedding was taking place, but caught a glimpse of the bride and groom as they exited the chapel after the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

(More on our overnight adventure next post.)

There is always time to quilt!
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