During the October half term the 19th Bromley Scouts joined a Bromley district cultural trip to Lille in France. We caught the Eurostar from Ebbsfleet on Saturday morning and arrived in Lille in the early afternoon.
We walked across town admiring all the old buildings and amazing shops, before arriving at the fabulous hostel Gastama.
After unpacking and familiarising ourselves with the hostel we went for a walk to explore the Citadelle du Lille (at 17th Century fort) and the local park.
In the evening we had dinner at a traditional French creperie where we had savory and sweet pancakes.
We wandered around the old town before heading back to the hostel for the night.
On Sunday morning we went to the market and enjoyed haggling for goods ranging from jewellery to flea market finds. We had to buy something at the fruit and vegetable stalls in the market hall.
After lunch we headed back to our hostel for a rest before going to a community garden in an old railway cutting. As well as exploring the wilderness we sat down and painted pictures.
Walking around Lille we couldn’t resist taking pictures of the beautiful and interesting shop windows.
On Monday morning we went to the natural history museum and saw lots of skeletons and stuffed animals from mid-19th century collections. There was also a real Egyptian Mummy! After the museum we went to Lille Zoo – an amazing place with lots of interesting animals in spacious and stimulating enclosures. Given how close it was to Halloween there were pumpkins everywhere!
On Monday afternoon we packed up our stuff and headed back to the Lille Eurostar station to return home.