Nord-Pas-de-Calais Off The Beaten Path

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Nord-Pas-de-Calais Off The Beaten Path

  • Hidden places in Lille

    Lille Off The Beaten Path

    Maison Coilliot looks a little different to the average house in Lille. That is because it was designed by famous Art-Nouveau designer Hector Guimard, best known for the elaborate metro station entrances in Paris. This type of design does look a bit overblown on a house but it’s a fascinating sight nonetheless. Maison Coilliot, a private residence,...

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  • Wazemmes Market

    Lille Off The Beaten Path

    Another thing to do every Sunday morning is the fantastic Wazemme market which is located off rue Leon Gambetta a major road that cuts through the centre of Lille. Make sure you get to the market by then time it closes usually around 1pm or 2 latest. Nearer the end you will get the amazing bargains as the perishable goods are sold off at knock down...

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  • Citadelle

    Lille Off The Beaten Path

    Memorial tombstone for a Leon Trulin at the Citadelle park. The tombstone reads 'Here Leon Trumin, died a hero November 8, 1915 at the age of 18. (In the last letter to his mother he wrote) I forgive everyone, friends and enemies.'

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  • Out of Lille

    Lille Off The Beaten Path

    Nord Pas de Calais & Lille do not have to claim to be the crossroads of Europe ! I personally met quite a few persons working in Lille and live in Belgium, or vice-versa. Why not take a nice drive to Bruges, the "Venice of the North" for dinner one evening, or go have a great time in Antwerp or Gent..

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  • Church Saint Léger, Lens

    a nice Church in a nice section of the city by rue Berthelet.The Church was rebuilt after WWI and many Inside are reproductions except a statue of the Virgin Mary from the 17C that survive and now in the chapel des morts de la Grande Guerre (chapel of the dead from the great war (WWI)), and the organ classical French now in the choir.A nice detour...

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  • Church Saint Christophe, Tourcoing

    a nice Church recently renovated that looks splendid. The town of Tourcoing is near LIlle in the north and near the Belgian border. The Church is located at pl. de la République the Catholic parrish site is here in Frenchhttp://egliseinfo.catholique.fr/lieu/59599_08#lieu:59/tourcoing/saint-christopheSome history I likeIts origin dates back to the...

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  • Beffroi or belfry of Hotel de Ville, Le...

    the belfry of the hôtel de ville or mayor's office in Le Cateau Cambrésis is nice and impressive to see. Right on place du Gen de Gaulle can't missed it coming to town on the D643 road.Built in 1553, it is a remarkable building inspired by Italian architecture of the time renaissance. The belfry, in renaissance style, is later: it is built in 1705...

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  • Church Saint Michel, Valenciennes

    a huge belltower visible from afar, impressive coming up to it. A nice Church in a nice town of the Nord 59.http://www.notredamedusaintcordon.fr/page-16972-valenciennes.htmlyet its very little mention and not at all in the tourist office. It is located at Avenue de Liège It has a Flemish renaissance style of construction passing by, but nice...

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  • Chateau de Flers

    The Castle of Flers is at chemin du chat Botté in the town of Villeneuve-d'Ascq. It houses the museum of the castle and the tourist office of Villeneuve-d'Ascq. It takes its name from the old village of Flers-lez-Lille ,where it is located. Not often see a tourist office in a castle !The castle has all the characteristics of the rural Flemish...

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  • Porte de Valenciennes, Douai

    This is one of the emblems of the city and you can't missed coming by car or walking in city center Douai.It was once also call porte Notre-Dame ,and was built in granite in 1453. Just like other buildings in the city , the door or porte is of gothic style on one side and Classic (15C) on the other side typical of the times .digging on my vault as...

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  • Hôspice Comtesse -Lille

    this is wonderful place often overlook when coming to LIlle. However, you should go see it next time.Its right in city center at 32 Rue de la Monnaie,walking distance from gare d'Europe along avenue le Corbusier,right at rue de Cannoniers,left Bd Carnot, right at rue des arts, and right at rue de la monnaie, the Streets change names but the...

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  • Canal de la Deûle-Lille

    a wonderful canal passing thru Lille, it was a river but now all is canalised from Douai to Deûlémont.The length of its watercourse is 58.8 kms. It is thought that in the 19C the Deûle had its source in the Pas-de-Calais, a little above Carency. It was navigable from Courrières. The Souchez, which constitutes the upper course of the Deûle, consists...

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  • Portes (archways) at Cambrai

    Cambrai was a town heavily bombarded in 1944 during WWII, and has large fortifications ,archways and underground passages, of great interest. I have family here do visit often.It was first mentioned in the 3C and episcopal center from the 6C, and site of many wars from Charles V onward. The heaviest bloody battles were in WWI, as it was captured...

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  • chamber of commerce belfry

    well this is the chamber de commerce de LIlle and it has a belfry as well. wonderful architecture and good for business cooperation.The belfry and building was done in 1921, and fromthe belfry is that you hear the famous city tradition of the music of "P'tit Quinquin", that is play all mid days from Monday thru Sundays. It also, plays with its 25...

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  • Porte de Roubaix

    one of the classic old door or entry ways to the city and recently renovated, just wonderful architecture of days bygone.another excuse to visit LIlle and the Nord dept 59The porte de Roubaix was built in the old circling done by the Spanish in 1621. It was done in 1625, done with two lateral arches and renovated once before in 1875 to allow the...

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  • The board

    Le bureau national de Ladies Circle (national board) also presented the results of the fundraising for a project in Madagascar. See my Madagascar page, because I visited that project there in 2001.

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  • The meeting

    Women from all over France came to the meeting. Even from Réunion (in the Indian Ocean) and New Caledonia (Pacific Ocean). Oh and also from Burundi!

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  • Speech in French

    Ah yes, that's me, addressing the meeting at the town hall. My speeches in French are usually short, but I am able to make a joke or two and even say things that I haven't written down. hehe.

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