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Visit outstanding cultural attractions or take a hike amongst the peaks? A romantic tour of the wine route or a family cruise? What will this year's
French holiday bring?

Taking in Lille with Giovanna-Paola

Lille City Hall
The European Capital of Culture in 2004, Lille has never relinquished its claim as the capital of “Renaissance” altogether. A city with a rich industrial past, Lille has been reborn from its ashes. Following the example of the surrounding region, Lille has gradually been able to shake off the image of a downtrodden industrial city. A determined effort to promote its heritage has seen it become, amongst other things, a cultural centre and a vibrant university city with a solid reputation.
Taking in Lille with Giovanna-Paola
No war, never more

The Ring of Remembrance (L’Anneau de la mémoire) in Vimy is a captivating and painfully beautiful memorial. Composed of 500 steel panels arranged to form an ellipse, it forms an open book whose pages are engraved with names of the fallen from all sides. A unique international memorial. Architect: Philippe Prost

No fools this April

Lille is packed with hidden gems, like the Abbey Garden in the heart of the old town. It’s a place where you can play with your reflection in the water, or simply lie on the grass and enjoy the peace.

Taking in Lille with Giovanna-Paola
No fools this April

Lille is packed with hidden gems, like the Abbey Garden in the heart of the old town. It’s a place where you can play with your reflection in the water, or simply lie on the grass and enjoy the peace.

All about inclinations

Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, Lille Grand Palais forms a gigantic concrete complex of three distinct parts: the Zénith Arena, the Exhibition Halls, and the Conference Centre. The latter two are also home to artists. Here is my nod to the photography of Eric Le Brun.

Taking in Lille with Giovanna-Paola
Pffff

Lille is a city whose cultural vibrancy can even be seen on the walls. Portraits, questions, and tributes appear on the most improbable surfaces. Here, a piece by Mimi le Clown is mirrored by a little girl in the same state of mind.

Through the barricades

These gardens take their name from the architect of the Villa Cavrois just next door, and they’re a real design statement from Robert Mallet-Stevens. The educational part of the park is accessed via an extraordinary piece of architecture that provides great photo opportunities.

Taking in Lille with Giovanna-Paola
Red joyful loneliness in Croix

Nothing to be cross about here. Peaceful and contentedly alone, this part of the Lille Urban Community is a haven of tranquillity.

Sleeping beauty at the museum

Built on the site of what was shaft 9 in the Lens mines, and forming a kind of extension of the Louvre, the Louvre-Lens museum hosts semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions. Here, a painting is displayed as part of Le Nains exhibition.

A penny for your thoughts

Built by Vauban on the orders of Louis XIV, the Lille Citadel is surrounded by an expansive green space where you can recharge your batteries, ponder, stroll, laze around, and take photos.

Taking in Lille with Giovanna-Paola
A penny for your thoughts

Built by Vauban on the orders of Louis XIV, the Lille Citadel is surrounded by an expansive green space where you can recharge your batteries, ponder, stroll, laze around, and take photos.

Jeffing style

The Palais des Beaux-Arts in the centre of Lille is home to more than just fine art. Rising to the challenges of its time, it has been known to open its doors to some rather creative – and social media dependent – art-lovers. The result? A space that never fails to shine, even for Igers.

An entire world inside

Musverre, the glass museum. Ink wells, finials, Calvary in a bottle, gas lights... All items that tell a story, that of the dexterity and skill of their makers, and the desire to pass on a craft. They also speak of the desire to create new glass objects, like the one seen in this photo.

Taking in Lille with Giovanna-Paola
An entire world inside

Musverre, the glass museum. Ink wells, finials, Calvary in a bottle, gas lights... All items that tell a story, that of the dexterity and skill of their makers, and the desire to pass on a craft. They also speak of the desire to create new glass objects, like the one seen in this photo.

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