Ah, la belle France! A great time was had in the joint European City of Culture. Having not spent much time since I last lived there, things had definitely changed. Roads changed into Futuristic Bladerunner scenes, larger-than-life tulips outside Lille Europe Station, light shows, chinese tea houses near the Grand Place and lots of exhibitions. Some was the same – moules/frites tasting as great as ever, lots of people watching opportunities, amazing food, wine and beer. Went to Roubaix’s converted piscine, the Musee de Beaux Arts and the Tri Postal where there were some very human-like robots doing lots of strange things.
Also caught a Fred Wesley concert in the Grand Place which was cool and finally managed to see Lost in Translation which I really enjoyed.
It was also good to experience the Eurostar finally going full speed in England rather than chugging along at 40mph. It’s going to be great when the new line is finished and the journey will take about 90 minutes from St. Pancras… quicker than getting to Sheffield.