The only way to enjoy Lille is with the animals. Take a visit to Le Chat Bleu (The Blue Cat) - off the main square - one of the most devine chocolate shops in Europe.
Chat with the friendly owner, buy a huge bag of chocolates and eat them on the way to the Zoo.
The Zoo is one of the most enertaining, relaxed places in Lille with some wonderful animals.
Don't miss the wood and park land called 'The Bois de Boulogne' in the north of Lille, easily accessible from the city centre.
It houses a spacious zoo whose aim is to breed endangered species; not to trap animals from the wild.
The playful red foxes will make you laugh and as a bonus, entrance is free.
The park has a great family atmosphere, none more so than on the last Sunday in May when every woman visiting the park is presented with a carnation to celebrate Mothers Day in France.
The segway are electronic stand up scooters that travel at max speed of 6k/hr. Very fun. A great way to see the citadelle and the boulevards of Lille.
They also do tours from April to October.
Website in French but it gives you an idea.
Lille Zoo, in the Bois de Boulogne, is free to visit and great fun for kids (of all ages). The park itself is great for a leisurely walk (mind the joggers), and you can hire a segway or bike while you're there.
Avenue Mathias Delobel, Bois de Boulogne;
tel: 03 28 52 07 00;
Metro: République Beaux-Arts;
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