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Old December 20th, 2009, 12:09 AM   #61
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LILLE, France - Part 14


Like most major French cities, the City of Lille is only a small portion of its urban area. Many municipalities make up Greater Lille. Among them is the more upscale La Madeleine which touches the northern city boundary of Lille. It was only a short tram ride from Lille.

It is parts of Greater Lille like this that look very un-French to me, even if I know that France boasts many different regional styles of architecture. The below pics make me think of an English-speaking country for some reason.













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Old December 20th, 2009, 12:37 AM   #62
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Nice photos, especially the ones of Lille.
Paris' buildings look boring when compared to London and Lille.
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Old December 20th, 2009, 04:57 AM   #63
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LONDON - Part 15

Back to upscale Knightsbridge near Harrods






















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Old December 20th, 2009, 05:20 AM   #64
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PARIS - Part 15

Back to upscale Rue Saint-Honoré/Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré heading west towards the Presidential Palace













I think Paris is the city where you can spot the most Smart cars.









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Old December 20th, 2009, 05:31 AM   #65
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LILLE, France - Part 15

More of Old Lille













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Old December 20th, 2009, 10:47 PM   #66
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LONDON - Part 16







In the borough of Southwark near Bermondsey Station (just south of Tower Bridge across the Thames River) where my friend lived.









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Old December 20th, 2009, 10:49 PM   #67
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Really wonderful thread !

You managed to capture the cities very well.

London's West End .
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Old December 20th, 2009, 11:02 PM   #68
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PARIS - Part 16

Back to Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in the south-eastern suburbs of Paris which is only 9 stations (on the RER A line) from Chatelet-les-Halles station in the heart of Paris.


More Meulière stone houses quite typical of Greater Paris.














Most houses were not the Meulière type and varied in style

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LILLE, France - Part 16

Back to the upscale La Madeleine where many amazing rowhouses are located. They too look to me like something that would have been done around the turn of the last century within the Art Nouveau period of architecture. Unfortunately most rowhouses in Greater Lille are not this nice. Most had very plain façades but these in La Madeleine were very detailed.






























I'm not sure what theY call these type of houses but I call them rowhouses because they remind me of that type of house typical of the British Isles (plus US, Australia & Canada), the Netherlands and Belgium. In Greater Lille and its region, many houses were built attached in rows a bit like rowhouses. The house is often narrow but 2 or 3 stories high with a narrow garden in the back of the same width. This is in contrast to the apartment building of Paris or other French cities or even the single-standing suburban house of the Paris suburbs. The rowhouse effect gives Lille a very different feel to Paris or even other French cities further south.



Here's what the back side usually looks like. The gardens are in the back.


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I'm not sure what theY call these type of houses but I call them rowhouses because they remind me of that type of house typical of the British Isles (plus US, Australia & Canada), the Netherlands and Belgium. In Greater Lille and its region, many houses were built attached in rows a bit like rowhouses. The house is often narrow but 2 or 3 stories high with a narrow garden in the back of the same width. This is in contrast to the apartment building of Paris or other French cities or even the single-standing suburban house of the Paris suburbs. The rowhouse effect gives Lille a very different feel to Paris or even other French cities further south.
They are also pretty common in south America, although the architecture is different.
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Old December 21st, 2009, 04:46 PM   #71
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^Wow I would have never thought they would be common in South America except for maybe Argentina.

In a French movie I once heard the term [I]maison du Nord[/] and I can remember them referring to a very similar type of house in Lille or near Lille, made of brick, attached to other brick houses, so I wonder if they can be called as such. I also saw the term used once in Wikipedia in a French language page.
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LONDON - Part 17

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PARIS - Part 17

La Madeleine Church
















View of Place de la Concorde and the National Assembly from the [southern] entrance of La Madeleine Church
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LILLE, France - Part 17

More rowhouses from La Madeleine suburb of Lille










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LONDON - Part 18

More in and around colorful and vibrant Soho (in the late morning just before the lunch crowd)








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PARIS - Part 18


More upscale window-shopping along and around the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and La Madeleine Church.











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LILLE France - Part 18

Somewhere just outside the Old Lille quarter




This one in particular is very different and unexpected from the more typical style of Lille and the Nord region.

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Old December 24th, 2009, 07:17 PM   #78
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The most of the Lille's buildings are indeed lovely, great structures
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The most of the Lille's buildings are indeed lovely, great structures
Ya Lille does have many nice buildings overall. It does have its share of mediocre or plain looking buildings too, especially in the southern edge of the city. And many neighborhoods outside the jurisdiction of Lille can remind me of rundown Philadelphia or Baltimore inner-city neighborhoods. This one from Google Street View is somewhere in the southern part of Lille.

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Félicitations Edu....les photos sont trés bonnes.........really amazing shots of this unique cities, its like an enjoyable walking tour across London et Paris.........Lille really is a good surprise for me....next time I will skip the big capitals to search deep into the little ones.


Keep posting dude.

What kind of camera do you have? (Model / etc).
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