Nord-Pas-de-Calais Things to Do

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Nord-Pas-de-Calais Things to Do

  • Place du General de Gaulle - Grande...

    Lille Things to Do

    The official name of this square is the Place du Général-de-Gaulle, but most people still call it Grand’Place. It is the traditional main square of Lille and is now largely car-free, with only one lane that is still open to motor traffic. On a sunny Saturday afternoon in October the entire population of Lille seemed to be out in the square...

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  • Vielle Bourse

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lille Things to Do

    It used to be an Old Stock Exchange Building located between La Grand 'Place and La Place du theater and is built from 1652 -1653 The building in Baroque style seems to be a whole however, it consists of 24 identical houses with the Mercury logo god of commerce the building was funded by 24 merchants and offered shelter to people in the trade and...

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  • Architecture

    Lille Things to Do

    The Citadel of Lille is one of the most important works of Vauban, out dozens of citadels this is famous French engineering had built, the twelve most authentic and best preserved in the world heritage list of UNESCO fortified cities on a plain defenses in the mountains, fortresses along the coast It is a real city in the town surrounded by a moat...

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  • Opera House

    Lille Things to Do

    Located next to Chambre de Commerce this was closed for the fourth times for renovation and opened its doors in late 2003 again On top of the Opera House you can see the statue of Apollo with nine muses on the right you see the image group that represents the tragedy and to the left represents a different aspect of the music group It closed...

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  • Palais des Beaux Arts

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lille Things to Do

    At the edge of the old town of Lille is the Palais des Beaux -Arts with us also known as the Museum of Fine Arts in Lille, this beautiful old museum has a wonderful collection of over 650 paintings the paintings are exhibited ascending beginning in the twelfth century and ended in the 20th century This gives you good picture of the origins of the...

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  • Notre Dame De La Treille

    Lille Things to Do

    Is a Gothic Revival style the most striking of the church building is very modern, but also very simple, gray, western section the façade evokes the Gothic in memory with lines like silhouettes of big windows The central part of the facade contains a lancet structure 30 meters high, covered with 110 white marble plates of 28 mm thickness supported...

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  • Chamber of Commerce

    Lille Things to Do

    This is not a common building in the city but surely is one of the most photographed building in Lille where each visitors attracted to his unique style Built by the Flemish architect Louis-Marie Cordonnier also the architect of the Opera Lille ,he was commissioned to design the same style as he did the other buildings in the Place du theater in...

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  • Hospice Comtesse

    4 out of 5 stars

    Lille Things to Do

    As the name implies, this is a street where a mint (in the sense of minting coins) once stood. This is one of the oldest streets in Lille and still has a number of historic buildings, some in good repair, some not. Location and photo of Rue de la Monnaie on monumentum.fr. Second photo: The Hospice Comtesse at 32, rue de la Monnaie was originally...

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  • Place Rihour

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Lille Things to Do

    Nice little square 200 metres from Grand Place.There are cafes , a metro station, Palais Rihour and tourist office where you can buy the Lille city pass. The city pass gets free entry to 27 tourist sites and use on public transport, 1 day costs 18 euro and 2 days costs 30 euro.

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  • Zoo

    Lille Things to Do

    Located in the grounds of the Citadelle, the zoo is Lille's most popular attraction with 1.2 million visitors annually. The Zoo is free and houses about 400 animals representing 80 different species: monkeys, zebras, panthers, rare birds. See my Travelogue for more pictures. Open Second Sunday of February to Second Sunday of...

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  • Porte de Paris

    Lille Things to Do

    Porte de paris is gebouwd met de conceptie van lodewijk XIV. Hij hield erg veel van kleuren en men gebruikte dus meer goud , geel blauw rood voor la porte de paris. Vroeger was het porte des malades nu is het is porte de paris. Er was daar een gracht en ook nog een houte ophaaalbrug , ter plekke voel je het vershil tussen hout & steen.

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  • Place du Theatre

    Lille Things to Do

    Just off the Grance Place there is a Chinese looking building, that looks quite of of place in a city like Lille, but still was nice to see it there. It was part of a cultural exhibition in 2004 as it was the Year of China in France. I am not sure if its still there today, but it was nice to see it there.

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  • The Ski Boot

    Lille Things to Do

    Christian de Portzamparc was the architecht of this very modern new landmark of Lille. The L-Shaped Credit Lyonnais Tower, better known as the -ski boot-, perches above the Eurostar station, so its easy to find as you step off Eurostar.

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  • Tourist Information Office

    Lille Things to Do

    The Lille Tourist Office is located in the former gothic chapel of a 15th century palace built by the Duke Philippe the Good of Burgundy (Palais Rihour). Most of this building was badly damaged by fire and remained empty until it was renovated for its current use. The centre is a good source of maps and tourist information. The Tourist Office also...

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  • Hotel de Ville

    Lille Things to Do

    Take a trip to top of the town hall tower. There is a small entrance fee. The first part is a climb of about 80 steps up to the lift. The stairs are about at the top of the square part of the bottom of the tower in the picture. The lift is old and slow, there are steps .

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  • Euralille

    3 out of 5 stars

    Lille Things to Do

    Euralille station: Not only for take the train! Lille is at the heart of the European network of Trains to Big Speed (TGV) and one decided to re-use 120 hectares of military domain for the creation of a train station in report to the important request. Rem Koolhas was the designated architect to coordinate the works. They begins in 1991, in the...

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  • Porte de Gand

    Lille Things to Do

    Porte de Gand On the end the street of Gand, where one finds many restaurants. This is all what remains of the walls and dates back to 1617 (Spanish period) The façade offers to the visitor an example of construction "larded" : the brick punctuated in a manner symmetrical and uniform silexstones. It's a restaurant...

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  • Rang de Beauregard

    Lille Things to Do

    Opposite the New Stock Exchange stands a row of houses built in 1687 in the typical beautiful French style. Notice the toller on the house on the left corner. Not to be seen on the pic, but you can still see some canon bullets that are stuck in the façade.

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  • Rue Faidherbe

    Lille Things to Do

    Along the streets Stroll alongside the streets, the nose in the air. Leave to travel your eyes on the façades indicating the rich one passed Lille to the research of some picturesque detail. Choose rather a Sunday afternoon, the commerces being closed the streets are a lot quieter ones. ---oooOOOooo--- Flânez le long des rues, le nez en...

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  • Bois De Boulogne

    Lille Things to Do

    Wander and enjoy this lovely park in the heart of the city. If you are lucky, like we were, there will be a funfair. Great fun to watch others! On a Sunday afternoon, the park's zoo is full of people, including families. We saw animals never seen before by us, in the UK! the 'funky gibbon' on iles de singe, was a real crowd pleaser In the centre...

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  • General de Gaulle Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Lille Things to Do

    Northwest of the old city and slightly north of the Citadel is the birthpace of the late President de Gaulle (whom the large international airport in Roissy is named after - many people know it as Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris). It's at 9, rue Princesse . Not all guidebooks mention this house. It has a few exhibits and an old car with bullet...

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  • P'tit Quinquin

    Lille Things to Do

    Le p’tit quinquin A lullaby for children but also a symbol of the culture and identity of the people of the North and of their languages. This is a creation of the poet Desrousseaux ( from Lille) It inspired himself length life in the factories of the XIX th century. So popular that she uses rallying song to the French soldiers against the...

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  • Place Louis de Bettignies

    Lille Things to Do

    Until the 18th century, this place was a bustling little harbour. It was the river Deule that brought the boats up till here. Nowadays, there is nothing that reminds you of the harbour. There are some typical houses in Flemish baroque with nice decorations and the old building on the right is the backside of Hospice Comtesse. Louis de Bettignies...

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  • Vieux Lille

    Lille Things to Do

    The architecture in Lille is highly variable and the old town (Vieux Lille) has a medieval character while the center doing too much more modern Vieux Lille, the old center of Lille has a medieval character you'll find old small streets where the shops, restaurants and art galleries are located definitely worth a visit The old city was serious and...

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  • Musée Louvre at Lens

    yes the famous Parisien Landmark is here and already drawn more than 600K per day, its a hit.We all know what the Louvre is so you are sure to find magic in its walls.Grande Galerie and pavillon de verre (glass pavilion) are free until end of 2015 but you still need to pickup a ticket. Temporary expo are 9€ adults now, The entry hall is huge and a...

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  • Nausicaà, boulogne sur mer

    This I came way back when my boys were 10, and it was a nice experience that took us to visit many others, can't find pictures but figure need to tell you to go see it.Its an experience you will remember for a lifetime. The hours and admission, how to get here are all well explained in the webpage in English too.Do not miss the shark aquarium,...

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  • Piscine musée de Roubaix

    this is near Lille in the great metropolis and nearer the Belgian border. The museum was done out of a municipal pool!!!admission goes from 5,50€ to 10€ for extraordinary expos. open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11h to 18H, Fridays 11h to 20h and weekends 1"h to 18h, closed on holidays Jan 1,May 1, Ascension day,July 14, Aug 15, Nov 1 ,and Dec 25....

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  • Musée Matisse, le Cateau Cambrésis

    one of our nicest town in the Nord, where I have family (wife brother), is the Learning of this small town had the great Matisse stop here! And right in the wonderful Palais Fénelon.Briefly is open every day from 10h00 to 18h00. Closed Mondays, and the Jan 1, Nov 1,and Dec 25. admission is 5€ adults and on the expo day on Matisse is 7€ adults. the...

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  • Church Saint Martin, le Cateau Cambrésis

    now getting closer to family, this is an area of the North or Nord that is not visited as it should. The Flemish architecture and war stories are enormous.The Church Saint Martin is what is left of the old abbey bénédictine Saint-André. The Church is built according to the plans of Brother Jean de Blocq of the company of Jesus in two campaigns: the...

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  • Beffroi or belfry of Douai

    This is the symbol of the city ,right on city center and a must to see in this flemish town of the Nord of France.Even Victor Hugo passing by here took a drawing of it, and it still kept in his house museum at place des Vosges Paris.A bit of history on the belltowerThe construction of the belfry was undertaken in 1380, on the site of a previous...

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  • old stock exchange of LIlle

    Vieille Bourse de LIlle is an imposing building full of history and plenty of activity still going on Inside.The old stock exchange of Lille, named since the construction of the Chamber of Commerce and industry in the 1910s, is undoubtedly the most prestigious monument in the city. Located between the Grand'Place and the Place of the Theatre. The...

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  • Cathedral Notre Dame de la Treille,...

    a modernish Church outside with great layouts and décorations Inside. The official webpage is herehttp://www.cathedralelille.com/you can visit free every day from 10h to 18h30a brief history of this wonderful cathedralThe Cathedral owes its name to a statue of the Virgin of the last quarter of the 12th century filed in the Collegiate Church of St....

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  • Citadelle de Lille

    a wonderful fortress to protect the city and the new addition to the kingdom of France, was the citadelle of Lille. A historical and architectural marvel that needs to be visit.a brief historySeptember 1667, King Louis XIV takes Lille during the war of Devolution. Lille has been defended by the bourgeois militia comprising 15,000 men. It has...

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  • Beffroi of Lille

    a wonderful tower belltower and clock tower of Lille where the communication chains and radio/tv keeps an antenna and it can be visited at last.here is a brief description on it.The belfry of Lille City Hall, opened in 1932, is the highest in France. Its construction project is the result of the destruction of the old City Hall during the first...

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  • Porte de Paris-Lille

    One of the landmarks of the city, and prominently locally that even my family nearby took me to see many years ago.This is what you are going to seeThe porte de Paris is one of the gates of the ancient walls of the city of Lille. Rebuilt at the end of the 17th century , the Arch celebrate the victories of Louis XIV, it is sometimes regarded as a...

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  • Dunkerque

    If I want to go to the beach, Dunkerque is the nearest option, being only 80 km from Lille. The town has about 100.000 inhabitants and is home to the 3rd largest French commercial port (after Marseille and Le Havre). There's an interesting harbour cruise if you want see & learn more about it. There is also a ferry connecting Dunkerque and Dover.The...

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  • Valenciennes

    Valenciennes is an important industrial town in the Hainaut region. Strangely enough it is also known as "Athens of the North" for its many statues around the city.The city was severly damaged because of a huge fire during WW2 and only a few old buildings have survived.Things to see include the town hall (the facade dating back to 1867 survived the...

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  • Town hall and Belfry at Arras

    A wonderful complex of building with an impressive view upon entering the square of heroes or place des HérosThese are the Hotel de Ville and Beffroi. YOu can see them both , the belfry you go by an elevator/lift of 40 meters high, with a great view of the city. price is 2,80€ and the Town Hall has a guided tour to see the most beautiful rooms in...

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  • Arras

    Arras is the capital of these Pas-de-Calais département with about 50.000 inhabitants. During WWI Arras has suffered massive destructions as it was located right next to the front line. Sights to visit are the town hall with its belfry, the tunnelsystem underneath the centre where allied soldiers were stationed during WWI, the cathedral St. Vaast,...

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  • Tourcoing

    Tourcoing is a town of nearly 100.000 inhabitants right at the Belgian border. It used to be the centre of the textile industry, but all factories have been closed now. You will find some impressive buildings here dating back to the period when Tourcoing's economy was doing extremly well, e.g. the town hall, the chambre of industry and commerce...

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  • Lille

    Lille is the largest and most important city of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region with ca. 220.000 inhabitants. The city offers quite a few things to see & do. Wander through the old town (Vieux Lille), through the multicultural quarter of Wazemmes or relax in the park around the grand citadelle. Don't forget to climb up the belfry at the town hall for...

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  • Lille

    Lille the capital of French Flanders is the fourth largest city in France and was one of medieval Europe's great cities. It is known as the city of the arts and there are many different museums to see. The architecture is diverse and the city has retained many of its old buildings. This 11th-century Flemish town was bounced between France, Austria,...

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  • Calais

    At 21 miles Calais is the closest French town to England, the white cliffs of Dover can easily be seen on a clear day. Calais has long been the port of passage across the Channel to England and since 1994 travellers have the benefit of the Channel Tunnel. The English occupied Calais from 1347 to 1558 - after complaints from English merchants that...

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  • Boulogne-sur-Mer

    Boulogne is a picturesque cobbled town with a 13th century castle overlooking the harbour. The town has more than its fair share of authentic Norman character, combining sand, seafood and a ramparted medieval quarter.The Ville Basse part of the town, largely rebuilt after heavy allied bombing, is good for shopping and strolling along the quaysides,...

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  • Le Touquet

    Le Touquet one of the most elegant holiday resorts of northern France is home to lots of boutiques and shops, not to mention many hotels and restaurants. The owner of the Paris newspaper, ‘Le Figaro’, created the resort in 1876. Then this was a no-man's-land of low dunes, and forest - part of a hunting estate. It became known as "Paris by the sea",...

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