Walk down the beautiful...
Walk down the beautiful streets around the 'beffroi' and visiting the churches and cathedrals. One of them was rebuilt in some parts in a modern style after the World War II: the result is interesting...
remember that you are in 'Eurozone', so the official currency is teh Euro (€), not yet the French franc!
The Xtmas decoration in the Grande Place in front of the beffroi was really good!
selling old books and playing chess
Underneath the arches of the Vieille Bourse, you can visit the books sale in the afternoon. Some vendors selling old books and other people playing chess in a beautiful surrounding! A nice place to sit, relax and take in the atmosphere.
Paul, patisserie & salon de thé
Paul is an old-fashioned salon de thé established in 1889.
In the front of the building there's the bakery where you can buy their delicious pastries ; in the back is the salle where you can sit and have afternoon coffee/tea. I'm not so much into pastries and sweets, but my husband had no trouble making a nice selection!
Euralille is a good example of using a crossing point to create new transport cities.
Koolhaas designed an amazing complex of buildings that extract considerable advantage of this hub. The places tends towards a city within a city, virtually self-sufficient save the food, fuel and energy required to keep the place running. Euralille shows us a form of vision of the future, where infrastructure makes it possible to energize a region and bring together the promise of an integrated landscape of architecture, urbanism and infrastructure.
This complex of buildings can also be seen as a symbol of the Union of Europe. It is financed by the European Union and it's the gate to the mainland of Europe, being actually the border crossing point for train travelers coming from England to France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands.
"Architects, for the first time in several decades, are being solicited for their power to physically articulate new visions," said the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. "Once again one feels a belief in the propagandistic nature of architecture."
Douglas Coupland (The New York Times, September 11, 1994):
To walk within the nearly complete complex at Lille is to taste the mythology of Europe, 1992 -- its sense of optimism and, as Mr. Koolhaas states, its "drastic interventions across the territory" by projects exactly like Euralille or the truck-clogged conveyor-belt freeway system that has turned Europe into a de facto Fordian assembly line.
Euralille looks and feels as if a lunar research station has crash-landed onto a small, respectable French market town. This is meant as a compliment. When boarding high-speed trains to Brussels, you feel: Something is happening here. But what? The future is happening far faster than anybody ever thought it would.
Lille used to belong to what is now known as Flanders (Belgium) a long time ago. And indeed, not only the streetnames ( rue d'Ostende), but also the beautifully decorated facades look like the facades of Bruges or Ghent. You can find most of them around the area of the Grand' Place, but also in the district of Vieux Lille.