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Publié : 22 avril 2013

GUIDED TOURS IN ENGLISH

HOW ?

- Guided tour on foot, in your coach, on bike, in the Metro or in the tram
- Everything is possible, or nearly all…

WHERE ?

- In LILLE : old town, new districts or XIXth century part, university, eclectic houses
- In ROUBAIX and the metropolis, LAMBERSART, HEM, BOUVINES
- In ARRAS, DOUAI, CAMBRAI, CALAIS or BOULOGNE
- In France or Belgium : BAILLEUL, CASSEL, POPERINGHE, YPRES, BRUGES, COURTRAI, TOURNAI…

HOW LONG ?

- Walking tours : 1 hour, 2 or 3 hours
- Coach tours : 2 or 3 hours, half-day or all day long

EVENTS

Keep a close eye on the cultural events in the region :
- The FANTASTIC is arriving in Lille....
- BABEL, a contemporary exhibition, 8 June 2012-14 January 2013, Fine Arts Museum, Lille
- LANSKOY and the Russian Diaspora, Sept. 2011 to Jan. 2012, LAM, Lille
- Louis Léopold BOILLY, from 4 Nov. 2011 to 6 Feb. 2012, PBA, Fine Arts Museum, Lille

THEMES :

- Gardens & parks : Lille, Roubaix
- History : Bouvines battle (1214) told on stainedglass windows
- Middle Ages : knights, dressing, coat-of-arms, armies, forts…
- Mythology : discover the town differently
- First world war : tour on Flanders battlefields, Armentières, Ploogsteert, Messines, Ypres…How soldiers used to live at that time through tales written by privates or officers, studies made by historians… The Commonwealth War Grave Commission, the British, German and French cemeteries… The cornflower, the forget-me-not and the poppy, as symbols of reconciliation.
- The industrial heritage in the North : factories as castles of industry (Roubaix as in Manchester) and other heritage used for new purposes nowadays.
- Art Deco and Art Nouveau in a few examples in the metropolis
- The Citadel of Lille, as XVIIth century military art

SCHOOL PARTIES :

-  Fill in your booklet yourself by observing the town and listening to the guide
-  Learn a few French words concerning directions and how to read a map
-  The limits of the town : remparts and gates, town-planning
-  The square in the XIXth century : a new town

The tours in one hour on the site :

- Hospice Comtesse, a hospital founded by Countess Jane of Flanders in 1237, now a regional museum, or how the religious community used to live in the XVIIth century.

- The Old Exchange built in 1653 for the traders, at the time of the Spanish domination. Now a place still devoted to trade.

- The Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille : a long story for this church that was started in 1854, became cathedral in 1913 and was finished in 1999.

- Saint-Maurice’s Church, a hall church revealing a lot of treasures inside…

- Charles-de-Gaulle Birthplace, or the reminiscence of the life of a famous inhabitant of Lille

- Euratechnologies : a former textile industry restaured in an area devoted to new technologies.