My first visit to Lille was 3 years ago. I went there to watch the concert of Anggun, my favorite singer. Lille is the capital of the Hauts-de-France Region in northern France, near the border with Belgium. The French city is really close to Brussels; by bus it takes around 1h30.
The legend of “Lydéric and Phinaert” puts the foundation of the city of Lille at 640. The city features an array of architectural styles with various amounts of Flemish influence, including the use of brown and red bricks. In addition, many residential neighbourhoods, especially in Greater Lille, consist of attached 2–3 story houses aligned in a row.
There are a lot of things to visit in Lille: Lille Cathedral (Basilique-Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille), Citadel, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Jardin Botanique de la Faculté de Pharmacie, Jardin Botanique Nicolas Boulay, Jardin des Plantes.
What to eat? You can try tartines (fancy French way of saying bread with spreadable toppings), raclette, carbonnade (made from the tenderest beef, which is stewed in beer for several hours) and much more.
Here are some nice souvenirs from Lille.