Visit Lille by Mouse
is in the Pas de Calais Nord
region of France, near the Belgium border, 79 miles west of Antwerp, and 137 northeast of Paris.
This is the section of France referred to as Flanders
because it was part of Southern Netherlands (along with Belgium) until 1734
when France got possession. It is a large (pop 220,000) industrial city and a cultural center. Indeed in 2004 it was designated as
the European Capital of Culture
We visited on our 2006 trip, stayed in a campground in a suburb and took the very new and clean metro into the city center each of
two days. The Metro station was just across from a Carrefour supermarket. We drove the RV to the supermarket and parked in its lot
on both days. The metro cars are quite new and clean and the subway stop for the old town is very near the train station. The first
day we walked around and visited the Notre Dame de Treille Cathedral
and St. Maurice Church
. The Cathedral's modern-looking facade
a reconstruction, finished in 1999. The rest of the Cathedral is Gothic. The second day we walked around and visited the Museum of
. This museum is huge (22,000 square meters), second in size to the Louvre, and its collection of many forms of art, many
by well-known artists, is worth visiting.
Our impression is that Lille is a tidy and elegant city with many handsome buildings.
The old town center is very easy to walk. The Opera and the Chamber of Commerce buildings are especially noteworthy. The former
is simply classically beautiful while the latter, also pleasant to look at, is a little unusual because it is huge and has a very
tall center tower. Ordinarily, Chambers of Commerce do not have such a bold appearance. You can see both of these buildings
and others as well among our city photos.