It may be hard to imagine feeling the necessity to skip town when the capital has so much to offer. But to really understand France - its people, culture, values and storied past - you'll need to reach beyond the well-heeled streets of Paris. Some of these spots make ideal day trips from the city while others deserve your undivided attention. All are picture- perfect so keep your cameras handy.

Christmas market in Lille

Popped across the border into France over the weekend to hit the Christmas market. This is something that I have been doing every year for at least the past dozen years.

Every year they erect a very large ferris wheel and its usually a freezing cold trip in it, looking at the frozen city however this time the skies weren't exactly clear but visibility was excellent so it was a great photo-op.

The photo shows the main part of the market where the food and 'vin chaud' were served, and gifts sold.

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Thanks. It sounds very cozy and fun.



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