Hello again everyone! I warned you that it’d be a little while before I got around to writing this post- but here I am! Now, after I spent my two nights in Bruges, I then made a stop-over and got to see some of Lille! Unfortunately, it rained almost the entire time I was there (French winters are pretty much just filled with, darkness, rain, and SAD tbh, especially in the north). But, I managed to fill my time (albeit leisurely), and had a pretty good couple of days!
Paroise St. Maurice
This was the fist place I went to in Lille, and I honestly just happened upon it on the walk from the train station. It looked pretty though, so I stopped in! If you like old churches like me, then definitely make a quick stop! Because to be honest, I liked it better than the next place on the list.
Lille Cathedral: Basilica Notre Dame de la Treille, aka Possibly the Ugliest Cathedral?
Yes, that is the Lille Cathedral. Normally, when you think of European Churches, you think old, beautiful architecture. So, you might have expected that here too, right? Nope, the outside of the this cathedral is quite modern, and not very pretty. However, in its own right, I think its’ ugliness makes it a must-see destination anyway.
Hospice Comtesse Museum
In the afternoon, it was time to get out of the rain for a bit, so we went to this museum in in old Hospice from the 15th-18th century. This museum is filled with original furnishings and art, along with interesting tidbits of information about each room in the hospice. The painting pictured above was a personal favorite- filled with what seems to be flying fish and a ship in a town square.
Le Waf Dog Cafe
I’m not going to lie, this may or may not have been one of the motivating factors in me going to Lille. If you are a dog person, definitely stop by and pet all the doggos! Honestly I fell in love with them all and I wanted to bring one home by the time I left.
A Walk around Vieux Lille
A lot of things I do when I travel just come from me, walking around the city and happening upon things. When in Lille, I definitely recommend just taking a walk around Vieux Lille and enjoying the city! Some of the highlights from doing this are Place de Charles de Gualle and Plaxe de L’Opera, as pictured above.
Palais des Beaux Arts
The second day in Lille, there was only a portion of the day to sight-see before I had to catch a train. And as you have probably figured out if you have read many of my travel posts, I can’t seem to go to a new city without going to an art museum (at least not if I can help it). This is definitely one of my favorite parts of Lille in those two days, especially since there’s not really a big museum for classical art in Strasbourg like this one. As a side note for full disclosure since it was a) raining, and b) the front of the building was under construction, this photo actually belongs to Wikipedia, not to me.
So there you have it! All in all, I thought Lille was a very nice city, although Bruges definitely still tops it. It probably would have helped if there was a little bit of sun at some point during the two days, but it can’t be helped. If I was there a bit longer, there are plenty of other things I could have seen and done, so if I missed your favorite landmark, let me know!