Wednesday, 8 November 2006

la ville de lille

for the last eight years, s has spent at least some part of november outside the uk, and it has turned into a tradition for him. luckily, he has graciously agreed to let me in on the fun. last year we went to belgium.* this year it was lille, france.


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lille was the closest "abroad" place we could reach by train, about two hours from london waterloo on the eurostar - just one more great thing about living in europe. lille is near the belgian border, so it has a lovely flemish/french feel to it.

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however, this year they are doing a "bombay" promotion throughout the city, and the main street is lined with giant elephant statues. fab!

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compare this pic with the daytime view above:

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usually i forget to take pictures of the places where i stay, but i liked the styling of the art deco romarin.

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i also thought the poster on the wall was quite appropriate given our luxuriously indulgent morning lie-ins.

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but we also spent a considerable amount of time goofing off - er, exploring the city and all it has to offer.

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we even found a space invaders mosaic, appropriately set next to a street sign for rue d'angleterre. acechick knows what i mean... this one's for you, p.

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we enjoyed late lunch at le pain quotidien so much that we went back for breakfast the next day. so decadent for a place called "daily bread"!

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but the absolute best fun was renting segways and riding around the citadelle.

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it takes some time to get your balance right, but what a terrific way to get around town. i highly recommend trying it for yourself.


we had a great weekend and will most likely be back someday (if for no other reason than that i showed extraordinary restraint and did not indulge in a yarn shopping spree...but who knows how long this will power will last?)


* incidentally, that was my first bcuk blog. happy blogiversary to me!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

hey it's me, carol
i really enjoyed that!
me go me go!

acechick said...

It's it such a treat to discover the little critters? Sort of like a travelling 'in joke'.

Happy blogi

purl pirate said...

Ian loved pain quotidien when we were in Brussels, so he was thrilled to find one opposite Liberty yesterday, complete with details of the other London branches.