You defintely should take a stroll through the old part of Lille with it's charming houses and narrow streets. You will discover little shops, fine restaurants and interesting bars.
If you are too tired to walk or in case it rains (which it often does) you can catch the Vieux Lille shuttle bus departing from Place Rihour in front of the tourist office.
The tourist office oranizes guided tours of Vieux Lille. They take place every Saturday at 10.15am.
The Vieille Bourse was our favourite building in Lille. It translates as “Old Exchange” and its name comes from its role as a merchant’s exchange in the 17th century. It’s made up of 24 richly decorated houses facing a central courtyard. Nowadays, it’s home to stalls of second hand book sellers and despite its popularity it remains a quieter and more tranquil place than the nearby Grand Place.
Lille is a provincial city on the border line between France and Belgium. The place is nice in architecture and has a Belgian atmosphere. It is a students-related city, so lots of entertainment. One warning, drinks are expensive on Central Square.
Lille seems to be a city of statues and monuments.
Every corner you turn seems to bring you to another statue!
As all the plaques were in french, we often did not know what the statue represented, but I took photos of them all anyway.
This one we could understand - it was a monument to Charles de Gaulle, who was born in Lille.
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.
Look around in the streets and you will see some amazing architecture. I found this beautiful building during the tour of the city. Watch out for little backstreet houses, windowsills bursting with pretty coloured flowers!!
This building has just been renovated and is an incredible jewel in comparison to the neighborhood where it is situated. The outside is very nice, but also the inside : the ceiling, the balcony and the scene are impressive...I guess you can go there to see a theater play...but if you like to tango, it is also possible :--))))