Archive for November 20th, 2018

Just a 90 minute train ride from London (and an hour from Paris), is the northern French city of Lille, a charming little city that offers everything you want from a French city, without the crowds of Paris.

As I mentioned, I suggested Lille as a meeting place for me and my sister and niece as my London vacation coincided with their Paris vacation. And I am glad I did – we fell in love with this gem of a city north of Paris near the Belgian border.

I arrived via Eurostar and my sister and niece arrived on a domestic train from Paris. I arrived first at Gare Lille Europe and met them at the other train station, Gare Lille Flandres, just a short walk away, right in the heart of this charming French city with medieval roots and due to its proximity, a Flemish flare.

About Lille:

“The legend says that Lille was founded in 640 by Lydéric and Phinaert giants. But we find the first trace of Lille in writing of 1066. Lille was in turn under Flemish, Burgundian, Spanish before becoming French in 1667 during the conquest of the city by Louis XIV. With a population of almost 220,000 inhabitants, thanks to the recent addition of the town of Lomme, Lille claims its place as the tenth largest city and fourth largest metropolis (1.9 million inhabitants including 700,000 over the Belgian border) in France. With 36 % of the population aged under 25, Lille is a vibrant, young and dynamic city. In 2004, Lille was European Capital of Culture and obtained the title of ‘City of Art and History’. The city has hence underlined its status as an excellent destination for culture and tourism. The Euralille centre, with its TGV (High Speed Train) station, Congress venue (Lille Grand Palais), offices, hotels and a casino, confirms the position of the Lille area on the European map of tourism and trade events.”

Throughout Lille, charming plazas with the requisite cafes give way to charming cobblestone lanes with local shops as well as upscale shops and restaurants with all the major labels – French and otherwise. Mix in world class museums and ancient churches and other historic sites – and Lille is the perfect getaway from your European getaway.

Visit the official Lille department of tourism site here.

The fine folks at Jimmy Dean have a great selection of recipes using their products, and many great ones for your holiday meals – like this recipe I found for Sausage Cornbread Stuffing.

About the recipe for Sausage Cornbread Stuffing from Jimmy Dean:

“Wow your family with a unique twist on a simple holiday classic. Combine Jimmy Dean Sage Pork Sausage with cornbread, celery and a blend of seasonings for a new tasty go-to stuffing recipe.”

Find the recipe for Sausage Cornbread Stuffing from Jimmy Dean here.

See all the recipes from Jimmy Dean here.