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Old September 14th, 2009, 06:59 PM   #1
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Lille, part 2

Part 1

The second part of our trip in the fourth largest city of France.
Her we will see more working class part of Lille area : Wazemmes, Roubaix


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Old September 14th, 2009, 07:23 PM   #2
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Very nice photos and from this Lille thread a question: Roubaix its part of Lille? A suburb?
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Old September 16th, 2009, 12:03 AM   #3
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Roubaix is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 8 kms north-easterner from Lille. With Tourcoing and other smaller towns, these cities form a conurbation of 1,107,000 inhabitants on 611 square km.

Here are the densest 161 sq/km of the conurbation:

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Old September 16th, 2009, 02:32 AM   #4
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Lille seems to be a lively modern city, great shots.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 05:10 AM   #5
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Looks like a mixture of France, Belgium and England.
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Old September 16th, 2009, 09:26 PM   #6
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I just got back from Paris and Lille. The first thing that you notice upon arriving into Lille from Paris is how much more color Lille has and of course the use of red and brown brick which is quite rare in Paris. In fact, Lille is more colorful than the average French city. I can only think of Nice, Strasbourg and other cities of the French Riviera and Alsace that has as much color.

I wonder if Belgians feel like they have not left home when they visit Lille. It's so Belgian/Flemish looking.
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I went to Lille once, in 1996. It's probably the most "British" looking large city outside of the UK and Ireland, especially the suburbs. I felt right at home there...like I was in an extension of south east England, but with French flair and some Flemish architecture thrown in, for good measure.

I really, really liked Lille. It is kind of gritty, but that's part of the charm.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 08:55 PM   #8
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Oh and if you take one of the metro lines (the one that heads to Roubaix and Tourquoing all the way to the end you can walk to the Belgian border. It's a bit of a long walk but it's still walkable.
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Old September 18th, 2009, 03:35 AM   #9
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I can only think of Nice, Strasbourg and other cities of the French Riviera and Alsace that has as much color.
You just forgot Toulouse! And all the region around Toulouse.

Also most cities in overseas France are very colorfull. Bayonne and the other French Basque cities are also quite colorful. Perpignan and the cities in Roussillon (the French part of Catalonia) are also quite colorful.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 12:40 AM   #10
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Lyon is also quite colored.
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I wonder if Belgians feel like they have not left home when they visit Lille. It's so Belgian/Flemish looking.
Indeed, exept for the vehicle registration plates on cars, there's hardly no difference. After all, this part of northern France was part of Flanders in the past and is still known as French Flanders nowadays.

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Oh and if you take one of the metro lines (the one that heads to Roubaix and Tourquoing all the way to the end you can walk to the Belgian border. It's a bit of a long walk but it's still walkable.
There are plans to extend the metroline over the Belgian border to Mouscroun in the near future. So it will be the first (?) international metroline, I think.

Very nice photos! Thanks for sharing.
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Roubaix is a city of about 100,000 inhabitants located 8 kms north-easterner from Lille. With Tourcoing and other smaller towns, these cities form a conurbation of 1,107,000 inhabitants on 611 square km.

Here are the densest 161 sq/km of the conurbation:

Thanks for the info and the map @Nijal
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