Post by kerouac2 on Apr 29, 2019 12:54:43 GMT
The Lille 3000 event is back this year for the next eight months. The theme is Eldorado with a specific spotlight on Mexico, so I knew I had to go. The whole "Lille 3000" business began in 2004 when Lille was designated one of the European capitals of culture. Lille was pretty much in decline at the time, but the event in 2004 gave the city such a boost that it was out of the question not to continue, with a schedule of doing something incredible every three years. The first edition of Lille 3000 spotlighted India and gave rise to the still popular Bombay videos.
In 2009, there was Europe XXL to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the destruction of the Berlin Wall. In 2012 there was an edition celebrating the fantastic and the supernatural. In 2015 the theme was "Renaissance" to celebrate the quirks of the 21st century. And so here we are this year with Eldorado. As for the previous editions, you can find reports about them on Anyport.
Even before I left Paris, the screens of Gare du Nord were celebrating Eldorado.
The moon was awaiting me inside the Lille-Flandres station where I arrived.
Just in front, there was a dog from Oaxaca.
Rue Faidherbe is the street in front of the station, but during a Lille 3000 event, it is referred to as the Ramblas.
The seahorse became my landmark for my hotel around the corner.
There is always a fabulous inaugural parade, but it was postponed due to the awful weather. And I confirm that there was a very violent wind with quite a bit of rain. The parade will be held next weekend.
I headed for one of the first places, Gare Saint Sauveur behind the city hall. If you ever visit the belfry, when the ticket person says "there is a lift, but it is much better to go up the stairs," don't believe them.
The city hall was flying four flags -- France, Lille, the European Union and Mexico.
my first golden image