Lille Gems: Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille

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Last Sunday a group of us took advantage of the free admission weekend to several museums and buildings in Lille and decided to pay a visit to the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille. It was really exciting to enter it as I've waked past, admired and even taken photos in front of this palace countless times since I've been in Lille but I never really knew what it was. It's hard to land in a fresh, new city and absorb it all. I feel like I've seen so much already but also almost nothing at all. There are so many museums in the Nord that I've yet to see!

The interior of the museum and its architecture is absolutely beautiful. It houses a variety of paintings and sculptures, as well as a stunning exposition by Antony Gormley and Wolfgang Laib. I do have to admit that I'm not nearly as educated in art as I'd like to be but I'm excited to be in a country where so many historic and beautiful art pieces are at my fingertips. I think I'll pick up an art book or two before I hit up the next museum to better appreciate what is presented before me.

I hesitated to take many photos as I'm used to not being allowed to take photos in museums, however I later discovered that non-flash photography was permitted and so I snapped some bits and pieces.

It is actually the largest museum in France outside of Paris! It's so amazing to be able to live so close to it and walk past it every week. It is in central Lille, right in front of the metro station my friends and I get off at on weekends to go out to bars or clubs. It's even more stunning at night, believe it or not! Almost every day I get to explore more and more of my city's gems, and more and more do I fall in love with Lille.

à bientôt!

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