It would be a complete exaggeration to say that I got to know and explore Lille in full. Although I spent five days in this charming city, I was there on a work trip so was able to do sightseeing in between the meetings while getting to different places. Plus, just over an hour long guided tour of the city grew my appetite and I’m already planning to come back and indulge a little bit more into the architecture (and delicious croissants!). In the meantime, a quick tour of Lille.
The Old Town of Lille is absolutely charming! Old, narrow, cobbled streets, cosy cafes on each corner, great shops and bakeries- do you need to ask for more? Grand Place is the main square in the city and that’s the place to be if you’re meeting friends, are on a shopping spree or just want grab a cup of coffee, admire the architecture and watch the world go by. The statute of Victory overlooks the square, one of the biggest bookshops in Europe (Furet du Nord- I have to admit that I ‘lost’ a couple of hours in there) and Old Exchange Stock- a marvellous building! Make sure you walk through it- there is a charming little square with book vendors, people playing chess and even dancing salsa at the weekends!
Art deco and Flemish architecture, red brick buildings, the cathedral of Notre Dame de la Treille, Town Hall with its rich history and its own giants that are used during festivals. I only managed to catch a glimpse of the city and it really did enchant me! Even dark, gloomy mornings somehow added to the atmosphere of the place. I’d love to re-discover the city! Very soon hopefully!