Hubby has a teaching job in Lille, France in October of 2014. We have never been to this part of France. I am trying to come up with where we should visit outside of Lille. We have been to France numerous times but never this Nord region. We will have five days to explore this area after Lille before we spend some time in Paris (my husband's favorite city).
I am looking for suggestions that don't require a great deal of driving. We have done our favorites of Normandy and Brittany and the Loire Valley several times along with numerous visits to the south of France. Should we focus on the Alsace?
I am looking for a great home base for this visit that will be an easy drive back to Paris.
We prefer to spend at least a couple days in one hotel in a city that will give us options to drive to various locations. Yes, we will have a rental car. I love historical locations with neat hotels that reflect the past. We live in a historical house built in 1735 (old for the States) and prefer lodging in unique place with quiet street and plenty of places to walk to.
Your suggestions would be highly valued since some times the hotel reviews TA do not reflect historical location hotels nor their value. I have stayed in way too many major chain hotel over the last 30 years of global travel. I am not looking for this or the locations we are staying at. Yours, Claudia