Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Tripping the Lille Fantastic

Jump to last reply

When people here ask "what's a good place to go to see besides Paris?" I am the only person who points north instead of south, west or east. I figure that already if you are visiting Paris, you have not chosen a destination in function of the weather, so it should not be a problem to see another city that might be a little bit cooler and a little less sunny but on the other hand extremely accessible -- only one hour from Paris by TGV -- and a whole different world in terms of food and architecture.

But at the end of the year -- at least every other year -- Lille has something more extraordinary to offer. After being designated "European City of Culture" in 2004 and organizing all sorts of event for that, Lille decided it was such an incredible success that they would like to do it every two years, even without the EU label. So they created "Lille 3000" and have put on the most amazing art shows and happenings in 2006, 2008, 2010, and now 2012. This year's theme is "Fantastic" and it is truly an apt description.

I just spent two days there but I will be going back (because it continues until mid-January) for reasons that I explain in my report: http://tinyurl.com/lillefan

12 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Writers Needed for Georgia Coast
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Rwanda and Uganda
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:12 PM
  • Writers Needed for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jul 18, 14 at 03:11 PM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Advice for first family trip to Europe
  2. 2 Sigh....Swiss Pass HELP!
  3. 3 A full week in The Netherlands
  4. 4 Itinerey help for a 27 day trip to Europe for April of 2015
  5. 5 Speeding ticket in Germany: how do I handle this?
  6. 6 Advice and suggestions welcome for 2 month trip
  7. 7 Itinerary help Geneva, Lausanne , Montreux or Vevey
  8. 8 Berlin, Paris, London: 2 weeks, 3 people
  9. 9 10 days in England
  10. 10 December in Munich, Salzburg, Graz, and Budapest
  11. 11 Suggested itinerary for Istanbul??
  12. 12 What do you wish you'd known about Iceland before you went?
  13. 13 Dilemma for Switzerland
  14. 14 Drawing courses in Paris
  15. 15 Iceland! Summer 2015 Wanna help with my itinerary??
  16. 16 If you had a week in Switzerland...
  17. 17 Montreux or Vevey- where to stay
  18. 18 Favorite Views of Paris?
  19. 19 Month in Spain in September - Itinerary Feedback please
  20. 20 Cannes >> Corsica
  21. 21 restaurants / pubs near British museum / Bloomsbury
  22. 22 Crete at Christmas-which 3 towns to base ourselves?
  23. 23 Trip Report TR: Solo in LONDON for ten days on unfinished business ...
  24. 24 Trip Report Trip report/blog - 2 weeks in Amsterdam, Belgium, and South Africa
  25. 25 Spain for 5 days at end of August
View next 25 » Back to the top