Lille, what a surprise ! The city, in the North of France, is a real secret germ. Authentic, dynamic and lively, Lille is a particularly charming city. It was mainly its architecture and its authenticity that amazed me. You notice it immediately; the city is a mix of different styles (and I love that!). From Flemish (Lille is the capital of the Flanders) to Belgian and Ch’ti (how the people who live in the North are called), Lille has a unique character. A surprising mixture that you will love, like me, I am sure. I am sharing some pictures and good advices to spend a weekend in Lille …
Welcome to the North (Ch’ti)!
You are reminded of it at every corner: We’re in the North. We are with the Ch’ti!
It is not obvious to a Belgian (from Liège – like me) to notice any particular accent. I hear some resemblances to the Belgian accent all the same. And the resemblances are not found only in the accent; Architecture, food, mood and lifestyle.
For the Ch’ti, we like beer (Belgian heritage?): You can taste local beers – even fruity (but I must admit that they unfortunately do not live up to Belgian belgian belgian beers …) .
And if you’re looking for a restaurant, you’ll find an “Estaminet” everywhere, so open the door and taste the traditional Welsch, it’s delicious!
La Préfecture – Place de la République
From tradition to authenticity
The facades of Lille are particularly pretty. There’s something for every color. It is so nice to walk the lanes of Lille in the middle of these different styles. These houses have retained their old facades and now house shops, restaurants, bars, museums or housing. A beautiful example of how to live harmoniously with its past.
A living city
There are many people in Lille. Especially when the sun is out. And what a pleasure. There are squares and terraces everywhere. The game is to find the one we like the most, to settle in and enjoy the lively atmosphere of Lille.
Green spaces and gardens in a city is the top, right? It is a wonderfully good challenge by the city of Lille which has beautiful gardens, greenery and flowers in all neighborhoods.
The best is probably Parc Vauban and Parc de la Citadelle.
In addition, Lille is an ultra clean city; It’s really nice to walk around.
Shopping… again and again !
They are numerous and so original. The stores are a real institution in Lille. You can find both basic (big chains) and, at the same time, special shops and crafts … You can go home with unique pieces!
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