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Travel Blogs from Lille
... my racing bicycle with me. Took me 2h to take it apart and stick it in a big box; a box that can hardly fir into my car. I'm still hoping that they have some kind of hill in Dubai I can ride up.
But OK, I'm ready. The flight is booked and the count down has begun. A bit of stress and a ton of eager anticipation for the big unknown. Time to say goodbye to the loved ones.
I managed to fit in a quick day trip to Lens to see the Louvre outpost there and also connect with a doctoral student I met last summer. We met there, went to the Louvre, had lunch, and then walked to the top of one of "les terrils" and drank some champagne. It was a lovely day all around. I am fond of coal mining towns because of my own geneology. The town has preserved these large coal mountains as a reminder of the hard work and sacrifice of the coal miners.
While in Belguim we decided to
visit the Flanders Fields and Tyne Cott Cemetery. We had to catch a
couple of trains. The ticket lady told us the platform for the
connection, which we got on headed off again. It wasn't until we got to
the end of the train line that we realized we had gone 45 minutes in the
wrong direction… Oh well back on the train we got, this one was quite
nice, a little newer than the last and maybe ...
... et le Beffroi, we then again got lost. We did find it but we decided it didn't look very interesting and we wanted to find a bathroom. We went back to busier part of the city and tried to find one but again it was impossible. We went to the mall where they have bathrooms you have to pay for. We then went shopping a little and I bought some gloves.
We wanted to go back to the Marchť de NoŽl before our time ran out, so we did and people bought a few more things.