Although it doesn’t reflect any of the iconic images of ‘France’ that you might have in your mind, Lille is a super cool place with a really unique culture. It’s actually the 4th largest city in France, but I’m pretty sure I hadn’t heard of it until I was applying to teach in France.
I explained this in a post a while back, but Lille has almost no tourists. Everyone is just living their life; picking up bread from the boulangerie, filling straw bags with fresh flowers and produce at the market on Sunday, and having a glass out on the terrace, rain or shine. It was easy for me to learn the city and establish a life here, thanks to friendly neighbors and the huge number of cool bars and restaurants in my neighborhood, Vieux Lille.
I want everyone at home to see the place I’ve been living for seven months and encourage friends to travel here, so I’ve put together a little photo tour of Lille. Most of the spots are in Vieux Lille, but I included some of my favorite spots in other quartiers as well.
Ps--if you’re ever planning a trip to this part of Europe, Lille is a perfect place to stop in between some of the bigger cities. It’s a 1.5 train ride to London on the Eurostar, one hour to Paris, and 35 minutes to Brussels.
Which spot is your favorite? Does Lille look like classic 'France' to you?
Thanks for coming along on this little tour to see some of the spots I play/walk/work/and apéro in, the lovely and underrated Lille, France. Putting this post together really reminded me that I've created such a nice little routine for myself here, and I'll be so sad when this year is over. I've really come to regard the cobblestone streets, train station, cathedral, market, and Flemish-style architecture as unique, precious, and beautiful. I hope you enjoy and appreciate some of the beauty that I get to enjoy everyday!