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    Posted January 30, 2014 by
    Quebec, Quebec
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    Travel snapshots: Embracing winter

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    Sleeping on a bed of ice

    Each year, Hotel de Glace is built anew in Quebec City, Canada. It's a a real hotel made of ice, complete with ice bars, ice slide, Nordic spa, Ice Cathedral for weddings and of course…ice beds.
    The equivalent of 20 million ice cubes are expertly piled, stacked, formed and carved into a virtual piece of art that attracts visitors from around the globe. Some of the ceilings are 19 feet high.
    I stayed there in January 2013 and there were 44 rooms that year, covering 32,000 square feet. The demand for rooms increases every year.
    The hotel is open every day during its two-three month season and the decorated suites can be toured before 9 p.m. To get the total experience, you need to tour it both before and after dark – its personality changes that much. At 9 p.m., the hotel is closed to all but overnight guests.
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