|The colourful buildings in the main square of Lille|
|One of the gorgeous chocolate shops|
|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!
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|