|Breakfast included down in the basement of the old hospital. Corn flakes, orange juice, french bread stick baguettes with jam, coffee. Talking to some old bloke picked up another Aussie accent, he was from Jan Juc, a school teacher, he had been at the Australian War Memorial at Villers Bretonneux the previous day (being the 11th) and caught the service their, said the weather was docile, wind and rain.
Walk around Lille, not far from Hostel the Porte de Paris andjacent to the Hotel de Ville. Turn right up Boulevard de la Liberte' towards the Citadelle, stopping off at Placa de la Re'publique.
The great 17th century military architect, Sebastien le Prestre de Vauban, constructed this massive five pointed star-shaped fortress after the capture of Lille by French forces in 1667.
Walk back towards the station, meandering through the old streets. At Gare Lille Flandres jump on the train to Arras