21 March 2010

Lovely Lille

To celebrate The Mother’s 67th birthday, The Sister and I booked a good old Eurotart trip this weekend and stayed here at The Hermitage Gantois Hotel in Lille which must be the grandest place I’ve ever spent a night…

Built around 1460, the beautifully renovated building was once a Hospice, and original features abound. One of the four original courtyards has been turned inside out to form the most amazing glass roofed bar with more pale blue leather sofa’s than I have ever seen in one place before – and the 67 bedrooms (some of which were the former nun’s cells and still bear their saintly names!) are all individually designed with Philippe Starck chairs and Louis XV oak panelling….

Lille itself is the little known home of pasteurisation and Charles de Gaulle with lovely cobbled streets and squares that can easily be investigated in one day – with some gorgeous architecture nestled in between the usual commercial buildings and council estates that most European city centres seem to offer.

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