City of Contradictions
From a large working class French commune to an internationally certified city of culture, Lille has been the subject of extreme transformation in the last century. Lille has liberated itself from the shackles of its poor industrial past to become a modern capital of culture, enterprise and tourism. The city is in a prime location and is quite correctly seen as the gateway to continental Europe with the Eurostar and TGV services offering convenient connections to London in just 80 minutes, Paris in 60 and even Brussels in a speedy half hour.
City of Business
Nestled between Paris and Marseille, right where the rivers Saone and Rhône meet, is the fine French cosmopolitan city of Lyon. Dynamic and power-driven, this sophisticated city is France's financial, industrial and commercial powerhouse. The Romans set up shop here, followed by the Italians in the Renaissance period, with the Germans following suit in WWII, making this fine French city a hotchpotch of culture, style and etiquette.