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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.


Key Facts about Lille


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

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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

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Discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips, your passport to up-to-date advice on uniquely encountering France by car. Featuring 38 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures, you can get lost among the snowcapped Alps or taste your way around Champagne's hallowed vineyards, all with your trusted travel companion. Get to France, rent a car, and hit the road!

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  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Useful features - including Driving Problem Buster, Detours, and Link Your Trip
  • Covers Paris, Normandy, Brittany, Breton Coast, Lyon, Nice, Cannes, St-Tropez, Chamonix, Marseille, Biarritz, St-Malo, Loire Valley, Auvergne, Provence, Alps, Lille and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet's France's Best Trips is perfect for exploring France via the road and discovering sights that are more accessible by car.

  • Planning a French trip sans a car? Lonely Planet's France guide, our most comprehensive guide to France, is perfect for exploring both top sights and lesser-known gems.
  • Looking for a guide focused on Paris? Check out Lonely Planet's Paris guide for a comprehensive look at all the city has to offer, or Pocket Paris, a handy-sized guide focused on the can't-miss sights for a quick trip.

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Lonely Planet Lille & the Northern Battlefields (Travel Guide Chapter)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Released: 2016-03-01
Kindle Edition (486 pages)

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Lonely Planet Lille & the Northern Battlefields is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Journey through breathtaking vineyards in Champagne, admire dreamy views and villages in Alsace, or experience the world's largest flea market in Lille, all with your trusted travel companion! Begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet Lille & the Northern Battlefields:

  • Full-color maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
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  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - the history, the people, outside activities, the arts, the food, the architecture
  • Useful features including Need to Know, First Time, Eat and Drink Like a Local, and Travel with Children

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  • Downloadable PDF and offline maps prevent roaming and data charges
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  • Embedded links to recommendations' websites
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Lonely Planet France (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet, Oliver Berry, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Gregor Clark & Catherine Le Nevez

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Lonely Planet France is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Climb the iconic Eiffel Tower, explore the mysterious abbey-island of Mont St-Michel, or taste Champagne amid the rolling vineyards of Reims; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of France and begin your journey now!

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  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, literature, cinema, music, architecture, politics, landscapes, wildlife, cuisine
  • Free, convenient pull-out Paris city map (included in print version), plus over 137 colour maps
  • Covers Paris, Lille, Flanders, the Somme, Normandy, Brittany, Champagne, Alsace, Lorraine, the Loire Valley, Burgundy, Lyon, the French Alps, Basque Country, the Pyrenees, Languedoc-Roussillon, Provence, Corsica and more

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Lille, France in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2016): How to Enjoy 3 Great Days in Lille. A Selection of the Best Things to Do.: Best Value Restaurants, Hotel, ... See, Best Bars,How to Save Money in Lille

By Guidora Team

Released: 2016-09-29
Kindle Edition (36 pages)

Lille, France in 3 Days (Travel Guide 2016): How to Enjoy 3 Great Days in Lille. A Selection of the Best Things to Do.: Best Value Restaurants, Hotel, ... See, Best Bars,How to Save Money in Lille
 
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- Where to Eat: What are the best restaurants that locals go to.
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Guidora's Lille in 3 Days Travel Guide, is your entry ticket to the most accurate advice on what are the best things to do in Lille in 72 hours. It includes a detailed 72-hour plan from the first moment you will arrive in the airport of Lille, until the moment you leave this amazing town.

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  • A 72 hours plan starting every day at 08:00 until late in the evening, with details on what to do every hour

  • Full-color maps and images throughout

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  • Best-kept secrets on shopping, dining, going out in the evening

  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices

  • Information in this Lille travel guide is up-to-date as of 2016.



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Lille. (Pocket Guides)

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