Dear Readers, I recently wrote a Guest Post for The Local France, which is entitled, Five Reasons Lille Should Actually Be Apart of Belgium. Click here to check it out, share, and comment on the article. Be sure to check out their Facebook Page. Thank you again for your ongoing support! Bisous, Dana Continue reading I Was Published at The Local France
Great News! I recently helped contribute to an article about site seeing and tourist hot spots in the north of France. The article is entitled, Discover France: Insider Tips to Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie and features several people who know the region. Click here to check it out, share, and comment, and thank you again for your ongoing support! Bisous, Dana Continue reading I Was Published at GoEuro.Co.Uk
Every year during the first weekend of September, Lille is home to Europe’s largest flea market, La Braderie de Lille. People come from all corners of the continent to explore and experience this cultural event, including over 10,000 vendors and several million attendees. For three days, the city is completely transformed. Overall, the ambiance in Lille is simply awesome. The streets are packed with people selling and … Continue reading Lille Braderie & 10K Run!
Towards the end of July, both of my parents came to visit me and do some traveling around Europe. We started in London, came back to Lille for the weekend before driving to Normandy for a few days, where we left the car and finally trained it to Paris. My dad then left from Paris to go back to the states, and my mom came back to … Continue reading Mom and Pops do Franceland and Londontown!
Just a short metro ride from the center of Lille is the city of Roubaix, the second-largest city in Nord-Pas-de-Calais. La Mairie, or Town Hall of Roubaix Roubaix is specifically known for being the worldwide capital of the textile industry during the Industrial Revolution at the beginning of the 20th century. Unfortunately, the city did suffer from deindustrialization from 1970-1980, and the effects are still … Continue reading Musée de la Piscine à Roubaix
Back in December, my colleague invited me to come spend a weekend with her in Cambrai, a neighboring city just south of Valenciennes and Lille. Delighted for a change of scenery, I gladly accepted. We spent the cold December evenings soaking up the warm suds of her outdoor jacuzzi and indulging in typical French cuisine, and the days exploring the town, which included a Christmas … Continue reading Cambrai, France et ses Bêtises
As an assistant in the Côte d’Azur, we would spend our weekends exploring new cities and towns. The common theme of these cities included the Mediterranean Sea, lots of colorful buildings, and distinctive southern French architecture. Here in the north, instead of signature colorful buildings and the Mediterranean Sea, the common piece of architecture in most towns is le beffroi, or belfry. A belfry, quite simply put, … Continue reading Le Beffroi de Douai (The Belfry of Douai)