A few years ago I wanted to move to Lille, 2nd largest metropolitan area in France, even though I had never been there. I know, sounds strange, BUT what can go wrong, living in a city where you can reach Paris with TGV within a little bit more than an hour..and London with Eurotunnel in one hour? I also knew this city was famous for mussels..and waffles! Location and good food…AND they say in the north you find the friendliest people in France. Bonus would be the close distance to my favourite city in Belgium, Antwerp <3
Time passed by, instead I moved back to Sweden, then to Denmark and back to Paris….no passing by Lille. Not until now, I did something about it, France is after all not only about Paris. And I’m craving to explore and discover other parts of France for the moment. Parisbreakfasts was all in, we set a date at Meert as she was going to Brussels (for chocolate) first.
Another friend of mine joined us in the afternoon and I must say we managed to do many things in only one day. Morning tea and waffles at Meert, obligatory lunchstop at Aux Moules for mussles and frites, walked through Vieux Lille to find Aux Merveilleux de Fred (after all it was in Lille the successful adventures of the meringues covered in whipped cream and different toppings started 20 years ago…) took the metro to Roubaix, went to La Piscine de Robaix to see the Camille Claudel exhibition and ended the evening with a delightful dinner at Pulp Kitchen in Lille before running to the train station catching our train back to Paris. All this fun, only one hour and 36€ from Paris. I have to do this very soon again!
Gare de Lille Flandres – where I arrived with my train from Paris. To my delight, its forbidden to smoke on the platforms. Worst thing in the train when you sit next to somebody who’s just been smoking just before.
Gorgeous Flemish architecture…
Don’t forget to look up…
Brick houses and narrow cobblestone streets in Vieux Lille Passed by le Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, to visit next time !
Rue de la Monnaie – Vieux Lille
Rue de la Monnaie in la Vieux Lille
Paul, the king of industrial bread ? Began in Lille and this chain exists worldwide now. Please avoid if you’re not a fan of frozen bakery and pastries. Support the local artisanal and traditional boulangeries instead, where you get the “real” stuff ;-)
The Grand Place with Opéra de Lille and Chamber of Commerce
Plenty of Bio C’Bon and other organic supermarkets in Lille – thumbs up!
Rental bikes in Lille – la prochaine fois peut-être ?