Flooded with 17th Century brick town houses and cobble stone pedestrian-only streets all leading to a central square, Lille is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region in the north of France almost on the border of Belgium. Once a merchant center that oozes its' historical Flemish influences, today it is a cultural hub and thriving university city with plenty of innovative tech savvy youth meandering its' streets or lurking in coworking venues with their brains in full blown creative mode.
Sitting on the Deule River, Lille is the 5th largest urban area in France after Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse, with a population of around the 226,827 mark. People have been walking around this ground since 2000BC from the Gauls to the Saxons and the Franks. The foundation of the city has been dated at 640 and Vikings invaded from 830 to 910. A boom in the town's regional textile industry occurred during the 16th and 17th centuries, but there were also outbreaks of the Plague and the odd Protestant revolt. It endured the French Revolution, was occupied by the Dutch during the War of the Spanish Succession and occupied by the Germans during World War I.
It was elected European Capital of Culture in 2004 and in 2010 awarded the label "Internet City @@@@". With its temperate oceanic climate, Lille is a beautiful city where scoffing baguettes and slurping espresso or wine goes hand in hand with getting your work done in one of the many coworking venues dotted around the city's streets.
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