Yesterday was a glorious sunny winter’s day, perfect for a stroll around the Christmas market in Lille. I was never sure about the English fascination with foreign Christmas markets, it seemed like a hangover from the days when things like wine and cheese were actually cheaper across the Channel. Nonetheless, I rose bright and early yesterday morning, hopped on a bus and a few hours later we were in Lille.
The Christmas market was small and full of tat, as I had expected, but it was a fun day out and, amid some truly horrendous buildings, Lille’s old town is full of beautiful architecture and charm and there are oodles of nice shops (especially wine and cheese shops!) and great restaurants. The scallops I had were more than worth getting up at 6am for.