Gorgeous sunny day in Lille. After a slow start we wandered into the centre of the city and checked out the market place, a bit more urban and upmarket than the markets in smaller villages, but still the usual array of fruit & vege, cheese, meat, flowers etc. Love the variety of mushrooms available.
Sat an enjoyed a glass of wine and a plate of chacuterie (cold meats) in the sun after the market, then slowly meandered our way back to the apartment.
The inner city has some beautiful architecture, much of it Flemish in style.
In the afternoon we drove to Belgium, about 15 minutes up the road, and then on to Bruges. Very touristy spot with Japanese, American, English, German, French, Italian and even the odd kiwi accent to be heard! Also very beautiful, with some gorgeous buildings, canals and horse drawn carriages trundling up and down the cobblestone streets.
Faced with the choice of a horse carriage ride or a boat trip we decided on the boat. A nice meander around the canals being shown some of the main features of the town. The guide spoke Flamish, English and French, all with a really strong accent. Understanding both french and english meant we could figure out what he was talking about!
Belgium is of course famous for its chocolate, waffles and moule frites (mussels & chips). We enjoyed a waffle, but steered clear of the chocolate! Also decided that the moule frites needed to be consumed with a beer, so we drove back to Lille where they were much cheaper and we could relax over the meal.