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pdk42 30th December 2017 11:27 AM

Lille, France
My wife's mother lives in Lille now so we go there fairly frequently. It's always reminded me of Manchester. Internaut's post earlier today of shots he took there prompted me to post a few from Lille too in comparison. I think my shots probably show the nicer side of Lille whilst Jason's show more of the grit of Manchester but that's just the editor's prerogative isn't it?

The Beffroi (Belfry) - many Northern French towns have splendid Belfries attached to their town halls and Lille is no exception (actually it has two - this one is actually attached to the Chamber de Commerce not the town hall). It stands high over the Old Town. Here's two shots at different times of the day:

The Beffroi at Lille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Le Beffroi de Lille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Unfortunately, the French never learned how to hang and ring bells properly, so these belfries only make horrible clashing sounds despite their external beauty!

Lille streets - Lille has quite an extensive Old Town that somehow survived the ravages of WWII. There are many small streets, rammed full of 17th and 18th century buildings, mostly three storey and in typically Northern French style somewhat reminiscent of Belgian or Dutch architecture. Most are now occupied by swanky shops and restaurants. Like Manchester though, the place is far from pristine with graffiti and litter accompanying the quaint shops. Lille isn't just a tourist destination - it's very much a working city.

Winter Sunlight in Lille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

A Street in Lille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

The Cathedral - this is a very nice building. Somewhat like Liverpool Cathedral, its construction took over 100 years with the final pieces only being put in place during the closing years of the past century. In the case of Lille, this final piece is an ultra modern façade that closes off the west wing, originally planned to be two large towers but abandoned for lack of funding many years before:

Notre Dame de la Treille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Ceiling at Notre Dame de la Treille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Notre Dame de la Treille, Lille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Lille Bourse - this is a beautiful enclosed square built in the 17th century in a flamande style. Today it's a market for antiquities, books, posters etc. There's usually a chess game going on too. It's a great place for observing people as much as the architecture:

Lille Bourse by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

La Vie Parisienne by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Girl Gang by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1639/...bc4f0c09_b.jpgCeci, c'est une pipe by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Heads Down by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

The Kid by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Railways - Lille is quite a centre for railways. It's a stop on the Eurostar line from London and an important TGV connection for the region:

Gare de Lille Flanders by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8373/...408b86f7_b.jpgEurostar arriving at Lille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Modern Architecture - Lille has a lot of modern architecture too. I don't have too many examples, but here's one:

Euralille - Euralille is a modern complex of offices, shops and a railway station. It's sometimes billed as a northern France version of Paris's La Défense - but it's much smaller and lacks the striking architecture of its Parisian competitor. There is a big road going over the area between the shopping centre and the station, and this is where this shot is taken:

Euralille by Paul Kaye, on Flickr

Anyhow - better stop now... I'm sure you're getting bored!

KeithL 30th December 2017 11:35 AM

Re: Lille, France
Always something more, I don't know, romantic? about foreign cities. I went there in 2000, but saw little of it; and even less the previous time - I didn't get off the railway station platform!

Interesting place.

Ricoh 30th December 2017 12:07 PM

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Accomplished photographing, plus an interesting accompanying narrative.
I think France took a nose dive when they replaced the Citroen DS (etc) for the modern junk, also abandoning the beret and becoming too health conscious to stop smoking Disque Bleu and getting pissed at lunch.

pdk42 30th December 2017 12:54 PM

Re: Lille, France
I can assure you Steve that the getting pissed at lunch sport is still very much part of the culture :)

Ricoh 30th December 2017 01:08 PM

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That's great news! During my last visit in 2008 I watched three of four guys stumble out of a restaurant after lunch, they were so pissed they could hardly walk. Luckily one of them had a car, so they drove off.

Internaut 30th December 2017 01:26 PM

Re: Lille, France
Very nice. Love the lighting in the third, and the winding street, and the Charlie Chaplin photo. Looks somewhat cleaner than Manchester.

drmarkf 30th December 2017 04:18 PM

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Originally Posted by Internaut (Post 436194)
Looks somewhat cleaner than Manchester.

In both cases it's a bit like saying cats are very clean animals.

In reality they're covered in cat spit.

MJ224 30th December 2017 09:41 PM

Re: Lille, France
Great set of photos, Paul. Dunno how you do it..........*chr

No 3 is full of moody charm...........

Mark j

Woollyback 31st December 2017 06:22 PM

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Fab set great variety and so well shot

brian1208 31st December 2017 07:07 PM

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A great set, thanks for the memories - we love Lille, special memories, the Palais des Beaux Arts, a lovely little cafe called Le Lapin Vert just off the main square and just mooching about the town enjoying the ambience

DerekW 1st January 2018 09:38 AM

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I visited Lille in 1960 on a 3 week penfriend exchange - object was to improve my appalling command of the French language. Net result was my French O level failing grade was higher than my English language grade.

However we visited Lille this summer for a few days on the way to Germany. Apart from the two bell towers I did not recognise any of the town. As Paul has shown a very interesting and attractive town.

We stayed in a converted Hospice that included a museum as well as a very pleasant bistro.

OM USer 2nd January 2018 11:54 AM

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Nice set; #1 is a cracking shot.

Wee man 6th January 2018 11:37 PM

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Lovely series thanks for sharing.

iso 8th January 2018 06:16 PM

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Great set - #3 shaft of sunlight is superb, but think it could be more intimate if it was cropped to just above the Restaurant sign ???

pdk42 8th January 2018 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by iso (Post 436986)
Great set - #3 shaft of sunlight is superb, but think it could be more intimate if it was cropped to just above the Restaurant sign ???

Interestingly, I tried that when I did the original processing and then vacillated over whether it was better or not :)

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