Back when we first moved here, I promised you all pictures of the neighborhood. I took said pictures on a sunny day in December and then promptly forgot about them.
We live in Vieux Lille which usually gets the response of “Oh? Really!”, and then we follow up by saying “No, not where you’re thinking.”
See Vieux Lille is a very touristy (and sometimes ritzy) neighborhood of Lille. It’s where you can find the cathedral and luxury stores like Louis Vuitton. Apartments cost a fortune to rent or buy. That is not where we live.
We live in far Vieux Lille. And it’s not old at all (vieux means “old” in French). Our residence was built in 2004. Most of the residences were probably built around the same time. In fact, it’s mostly residential, filled with families, twenty and thirty-somethings, and some students. It’s nice and calm which is just the change we were looking for after living in Fives.
Basically, you walk past the tourist area and keep on walking. We’re not too far from the Esplanade (for those who know Lille) and right near a military base.
We do get some lost tourists in the area as we’re about a 5 minute walk from Charles de Gaulle’s birth house (which I didn’t think to take a picture of).
Photos of our corner of Vieux Lille
Our little area is actually known as Les Quais du Vieux Lille.
Near our building
A lovely pedestrian-only street where we always walk Elliot.
Elliot stopping to actually pose for the camera during our stroll.
Street with several businesses (boulangerie, small supermarket, pizzeria, Chinese take-out, etc.)
Our boulangerie (which we really love!)
A few more pictures of the neighborhood
Heading towards the center of Lille
What do you think? Would you want to live in this neighborhood?