I have tended to resist guided tours but I am beginning to see the value in them. This Foto Friday is based on some information I got from a walking tour I did in Lille. It made me giggle so I thought it was worth sharing with you. So, on with the story…
In Lille, a row of buildings have some canonballs embedded in the facade. If you look at the photograph below, you will see black spots on the building; these are the canonballs I’m talking about. This represents how the people of Lille protected the city from the Austrians in the 18th century. There is something else to this particular building, which is rather unusual. It is now a restaurant but it used to be a lingerie shop. It’s definitely worth having a look inside the restaurant but I want you to focus on the facade for now.
Take a closer look at part of the restaurant. Can you see something that used to be a canonball but now represents the fact that this building used to be a lingerie shop?
Did you find the pink canonball that is now in the shape of a woman’s breast? It took me a while to find it when the guide mentioned it. As we all saw it, there were a few giggles in the group. That’s the great thing about going on guided tours. I would never have known about that if I hadn’t been on the guided tour. It also says a lot about the quirkiness of Lille, which I love.
If you would like more information about Lille, you can check out the website for Lille Tourism who I would like to thank for providing me with a City Pass.
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