A couple of weeks ago I went to Lille in France to attend the North Summer festival. Although we were actually in Lille two whole days, because we spent the first day queueing we only really had Sunday morning to explore the city centre.
Naturally we were quite hungry (starving rather) after such an eventful Saturday. So the first thing on our to-do list was to find a café to have breakfast. We stayed at the Kyriad Lille Center, which I can recommend for a short stay in the city. The room was pretty small, but the bed was really comfortable! The hotel does offer breakfast, but we decided to go out and explore Lille.
We were a little surprised by the fact that most shops and restaurants were closed on Sunday, many years ago it used to be the same in The Netherlands but nowadays almost everything is open. The fact that there was a huge shopping mall not too far from our hotel didn’t exactly help either! Our bank accounts must have been so relieved the shops were closed though 😉
After breakfast, instead of going on a shopping spree, we decided to go for a walk around the city centre. Much like many other cities in Europe, there are a variety of streets and boulevards leading towards the main square with a cathedral nearby. I can imagine that, on a commercial day, this city centre is so charming and vibrant. The atmosphere was still very much present even with most of the stores and restaurants closed.
We drove to Lille, but there is actually a really huge international train station in the city centre. Travelling by train would be a quick and easy way to get to Lille, in particular if you are looking to explore different cities around Europe. I know I’ve always wanted to go on one of those train trips across Europe, just exploring a different city each day.
I’m sensing a pattern in my adoration for European cities, it is a combination of the strong presence of the rich history, the architecture and cosy restaurants that always steal my heart.
As we were making out way back to the car, we discovered that a vintage market was about to open. The items that caught my eye immediately were the vintage Vogue covers, ready to be framed and hung on your wall. Looking at the image now, I regret not getting my hands on one of these beauties!
Perhaps that’s a good reason to return very soon?
Lots of Love,