Cologne - with the cathedral across the Rhine (photo © Hiro1775 / dreamstime.com)
France to Germany through Brussels
Lille and Cologne are two cities with very strong regional identities within their respective countries, but they could scarcely be more different. With a historical legacy dating back to the Romans, Cologne makes great play of its long-standing importance as an ecclesiastical and cultural centre. Lille is altogether more downbeat. Lille is radical while Cologne is conformist.
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