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Trip Report Tripping the Lille Fantastic

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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

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