I left you standing in front of an oyster bar the last time but what really happened in Lille is that I kept on walking and snapping pictures of bricks.
I walked past the Place Louise de Bettignies to reach a museum I had planned to visit. Despite the cold and ugly (very ugly) weather, I was stunned by the colorful houses and the interesting architecture.
The old hospice was founded in 1237 by a Comtesse. The building is beautiful and is a mix between a Flanders style house and a monastery. I wasn’t lucky enough to see the old salle des malades (the patients’ hall), but I was told it was very impressive.
As I said, I loved the tiles that made the hospital more hygienic at the time but also the beautiful rooms that are very well preserved. I loved the smell and all the little everyday objects that were shown to remind us of the life our ancestors led in the past.
After my visit, I had lunch at the SushiShop, place Louise de Bettignies. When I was well rested and fed, I exited the shop only to find out it was raining cats and dogs! I felt very cold and my hands were getting icy from the wind… I refuged myself into the church that, I was surprised, had a very modern entrance I hadn’t seen the first time around. Then, I followed the rue au Péterinck where weavers used to have their shops in the 18th century.
The weaving rooms were situated on a low storey between the ground floor (shop) and the basement. Well, I guess it was actually the basement but as you can see on my photo of this beautiful boucherie (where I wanted to buy all the saucissons!!), the buildings had little windows that opened on the entresol.
On the Place aux Oignons, I decided to end my tour because I wanted to do a little more window shopping : I ended up buying homeware.
I made a very last stop at the shopping center Euralille before catching my train home but there was so many people at the end of the afternoon, I didn’t enjoy it one bit and I left after two minutes inside!
That was it for my little day of being a tourist and I enjoyed it a lot. It was very relaxing and interesting – I learned a lot. There are three more walking tours explained in my guidebook so I hope I won’t forget to do them next time I’m in Lille!
Find the first part of my trip here