My diary has all the awful details, but Ray and Di, Nicolas and Susan and Sheila and myself spend 5 nights in Lille and Cologne, travelling to both cities by Eurostar. Lille is a surprise; a beautiful historic city with some lovely architecture (including art noveau buildings) and masses of pedestrianised shopping. We stay at the Carlton Hotel in the absolute centre of the city.
Cologne is less attractive but our hotel the Arthotel is on the Rhine and close to the Dom and the Heumarkt where all the restaurants are. The city, however, does grow upon you and I found lots to like.
As usual when we all get together and go away for a city break we cram lots of sight-seeing in and cram lots of food and drink in and cram in lots of chatter.
I managed to do a run around the citadel in Lille and hit the 10km mark on a run along the banks of the Rhine – but see iType2 for details.
More photos are on Flickr.