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Lille


Lille (Dutch: Rijsel) is a city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, in northwest France, on the Deûle River, very close to the border with Belgium. In the year 2000, Lille absorbed the neighboring town of Lomme. As of 2005, the combined population was 226,800. The metropolitan area of Lille (including areas in both France and Belgium) was estimated in 2007 as 1,885,000.


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Here are some facts about Lille:
  1. Lille (Dutch: Rijsel) is a city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region, in northwest France,, very close to the border with Belgium.

  2. Lille is located on the Deûle River.

  3. As of 2005, the combined population of Lille. The metropolitan area of Lille (including areas in both France and Belgium) was estimated in 2007 as being 1,885,000.

  4. The name Lille derives from "l'Isla" (meaning "the island", since the area was once marshy.

  5. Archaeological research suggests that parts of the area that are now Lille have been inhabited since at least approximately 2000 BCE.

  6. According to the legend of Lydéric and Phinaert, Lille was founded in 640.

  7. The first written records mentioning Lille appear in archives from the year 1066.

  8. Lille grew rapidly during the 19th century and early 20th century, because of the establishment of its textile industry and coal mining in the vicinity of the city.

  9. During World War I, Lille was heavily damaged by fighting, and then occupied by the Germans from 1914 to 1918.

  10. During World War II, Lille was again occupied by the Germans from 1940 to 1944.

  11. After World War II, many of Lille's traditional industries went into decline. The city has however now reorientated its economy around services.

  12. In 2004, along with the Italian city of Genoa, Lille was elected European City of Culture.



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Lille (Bradt Travel Guide)

By Laurence Phillips

Bradt Travel Guides
Released: 2015-08-07
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The latest edition of the award-winning Bradt Guide to Lille keeps up with the changes in the city, as it continues to reinvent itself with ever more exciting places to eat, to explore, to relax and to stay. Whether you decide on a Sunday-night tango with stranger in a Renaissance cloister, or order a bowl of onion soup at dawn, should you explore France's best art collection outside Paris or head for the discount designer stores of the legendary flea-markets, if you share a sandwich with artists in an old post office building or discover the Michelin-starred chefs of tomorrow, a decade since Lille was first chosen as European Capital of Culture the city has not stopped partying since. Come and share the secrets of the past, present and future of a capital of Culture, of Flanders and of Life.

Lonely Planet France's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Alexis Averbuck, Kerry Christiani, Catherine Le Nevez, Regis St Louis & Anita Isalska

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Lille: Writing notebook for adults and kids, Travel journal, Diary, Composition Book (120 Pages, Lined, 7 x 10)

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  • Dimensions: 7" x 10"
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  • Pages: 120 (60 sheets)

Lille (France) - Wink Travel Guide

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Lille is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region in northern France and the core of one of the largest metropolitan agglomerations in the country. Historically, it has also been the capital of Flanders, and later an industrial powerhouse, thanks to which it now boasts a large and handsome historic centre.

Today, it is known as a major economic and academic centre, with a very large student population. Situated at the literal crossroads of Europe, Lille is within a 90-minute train ride from Paris, Brussels and London.

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Lonely Planet Normandy & D-Day Beaches Road Trips (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Catherine Le Nevez

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