Going around Lille, France


The eastern suburbs of Lille Villeneuve d'Ascq (Vllleneuve d'Ascq) is a mixture of modern buildings (the city in which about 70 thousand people now live, founded in 1966), artificial lakes and old windmills. The Art Nouveau Museum (since 1983, 3.8 €, in the collection of Klee, Braque, Leger, Kandinsky, Picasso plus the Kadler sculpture gallery near the building) may well be considered a super site. Exclusive Regional Center for Molinology with the Museum of Windmills (3 €). Yes, and President Mitterrand, obsessed with scientific education of the population, managed to inherit. The “Forum of Science" - that’s how pretentiously called what he founded here. The idea is about the same as the Parisian La Villette, only less cool (located near the city hall, 5 €, the exposition includes a planetarium and an exhibition of achievements of scientific and technological progress).

The rest of the outskirts of Lille

In the southeast of Lille is the Moulin district. Here is a botanical garden (1968, 11 hectares, exotic trees and waterfalls), the SEITA tobacco factory, which produces 60 million cigarettes a day (1/4 of all the company's products) and invites you to take an excursion. In the eastern suburbs of Saint-Maur-Pellvoisin you can visit the Heineken beer factory (tasting for free!), And in the northern suburb of Wambrechies you can visit the Classens gin factory (here you have to pay 1.5 €, but gin from barley and rye is worth it).

Greater Lille's traditional industrial specialization is textiles. There are several enterprises in the city that are world leaders of their kind: the St. Andre spinning mill, Provost (wool), Dixon Constant (curtains), Damar (underwear). The western suburbs of Armantieres specialize in flax processing. In addition to textiles, the industry is represented by heavy machinery (Demarl furnaces, Dilor laser equipment, diesel engines), automotive industry (Peugeot factory has been working here since 1897), chemistry, electronics, office equipment, and canned vegetables. Invariably winning in advertising “races” peas and Bonduelle beans are produced in Lille.

Events in Lille are diverse, but there are few exclusives. We can only note the accordion festival, held in June (it is a good addition to the summer, when, in fact, it is worth visiting Lille - the rest of the time it is cold and dank), and City Day (held on the first weekend of September and is called “Grand Braderie”, are held big sale fair and street parade). lvov.natashaescort.com