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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

A weekend in Lille

The colourful buildings in the main square of Lille
For Culli's 65th birthday treat we went to Lille for a couple of days. A trip up on the TGV to the cold North, we must be mad. However, Lille is a beautiful city, a very different part of France to our area with strong Belgian influences (lots of beer and chocolate!). We had a quick wander on Thursday morning to get our bearings a compulsory visit to the Leffe bar and then Moules Frites.
One of the gorgeous chocolate shops

Window shopping!

The beautiful mosaic front of l'Huitriere

Friday was his birthday, after croissant and the most chocolaty hot chocolate I have ever experienced we explored the city on foot. The old town has pedestrianised streets and beautiful shops with all the designer names, including a branch of La Droguerie, my favourite shop in Bordeaux. La Droguerie is an Aladdin's cave of yarn, fabric, buttons and ribbon, as we were carrying everything in a small rucksack I had to restrain myself and came out with just one sewing pattern for a summer top!
Birthday dessert

We met our old mates from London John and Caro for a long leisurely lunch at Le Lion Bossu, a small restaurant with a lovely atmosphere and great food, then collapsed for the rest of the day.
Palais des Beaux Arts

We were disappointed culture vultures on Saturday morning at Le Palais des Beaux Arts as the main part of the gallery was closed, so wandered back to the old town for a visit to the Musee de l'Hospice Comtesse  followed by a Thai buffet opposite the train station and then back home.
Inside the Musee de l'Hospice Comtesse

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