A friend of mine advised me to visit Lille in France and so I did together with my partner and now I am the one spreading the word!. Lille is a well-preserved historic city with a mixture of French and Flemish heritage. Situated in the north of France near the Belgian border. I have to say, I was happily surprised how cultural and cosmopolitan it is. If you are into culture, good food, music, art and galleries…
you would really love it.
We were only there for a weekend but it was more than enough to get a good vibe of the lively city it is. It’s really easy to get around without a map and pass the main tourist attractions. Lille is a lovely place to explore and discover luxury goods, wines, cheeses and spend your money at the french pâtisseries! … There are also plenty of antiques shops and art galleries where you can buy original paintings at an affordable price.
Palais des Beaux-Arts – The Fine Art Museum is considered to be the second largest general-interest museum in France, just after the Louvre – Though it’s nowhere near as big as the Louvre. It’s a beautiful monument of the late 19th century. It houses collections of 12th to 20th century European paintings it includes Dutch artists: Brueghel and Bosch, Rubens, Van Dyck. In my favourite rooms can you find marble sculpture by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel…
La Piscine – Museum of Art & Industry is located on the outskirt of Lille, in Roubaix. It once was a swimming pool in the 1920s but has been turned into a beautiful Museum. It’s such a magical art space to visit -I was really blown away. Besides loving swimming pools and Art Nouveau, it has something for everyone to admire. A collection of paintings, stained glass, sculptures from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Works include several fabric sample books from French factories, dating from 1835-1940.
Do you know of any other swimming pool or building transformed into a cool museum?
Tip: Museums admission is free on the 1st Sunday of the month.