Clays in natural & engineered barriers for radioactive waste confinement - 3rd international meeting Lille, September 17 - 20, 2007

Welcome to Lille

Lille, with 220,000 inhabitants, is part of an urban community of 87 towns, with more than 1 million inhabitants, making it the fourth largest city in France. Its huge cultural diversity and its dynamism have contributed to the city's nomination as the 2004 "European Capital of Culture".

Exciting, spontaneous, colourful, Lille is a city where you will enjoy strolling about, discovering the countless details of its architecture, legacy from a richly influenced past.

In its year as Europe's City of Culture, Lille hosted more than 2000 cultural events. Its nine million visitors relished a real cultural feast at a European crossroads.

Visit the different museums: Palais des Beaux-Arts (the biggest museum in France after the Louvre), the Maison Natale Charles de Gaulle (Lille is his birthplace), Museum of the Hospice Comtesse...

Lille really deserves its title of City of Heritage and Art. Besides its colourful Flemish architecture and its narrow ornamented facades (of which the Vieille Bourse is a prime example), Lille has a rich and varied heritage. French classical style houses sit alongside the eclectism of "grands boulevards" or even the "maisons Folie" - these former factories (textile, brewery) that are experiencing a new start as cultural and meeting centres. Markets and regional food and drink specialities will also represent a delicious part of your stay.

Additional information can be obtained by visiting the following web sites (and many others..):
http://www.lilletravel.com/us/             http://www.lilletourism.com/uk  
http://www.mairie-lille.fr/                   http://www.lille3000.com/

Getting to Lille

Lille has the benefit of a unique geographical position in Europe. It is located less than 350 km from the major economic capitals and the major European policy decision-making centres. Thanks to its modern and varied infrastructures (motorway, TGV, Eurostar, airport) it is one of the easiest European destinations to get to. Lille is also a city where it is easy to move around, thanks to its dense, modern and fast urban transport network.
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By train

Thanks to the TGV and the Eurostar, Lille provides direct and quick links to all European capitals and major cities: 1h40 from London, 38 minutes from Brussels, 1 hour from Paris and 45 minutes from Roissy Charles de Gaulle airport.
For more information: SNCF (+33 (0)8 92 35 35 35) www.sncf.fr

By plane

At only 10 minutes from the city and served by a regular shuttle service, Lille-Lesquin airport enables day return trips to be made to 10 European capitals. For more informations : Lille Lesquin Airport (+33 (0)3 20 49 68 68) www.lille.aeroport.fr



Clays in natural and engineered barriers for radioactive waste confinement - Lille 2007 - 3rd International Meeting - Andra