Photographer's Note

The Mall is the raison d’etre of the EuraLille complex. The part nearest to the Lille Flandres railway station with the main entrance is displayed here, the evening approaching. An extended square connects this station with the mall. It’s a richly textured urban place; not only used for going to and fro but also for strolling and hanging out. The metal grates in the pavement (of the subway ventilation system) are the warm resting places for vagrants and street people. It was a bit disconcerting to see that there were many of them round EuraLille. Lille’s recent accelerated development (due to the connection to the LGV-Nord and being Cultural Capital of Europe) apparently did not offer enough people new chances. But that was and is a tough challenge for this city, still battling the effects of the decay of its textile and heavy industry.
The red building in the background on the left is a hotel which directly connects to the Lille Europe TGV station.

A picture of the interior of the Quick fast food restaurant in this Mall is here
The material used in the ceiling of this restaurant (and the rest of the Mall) is also the upper layer of the roof of the Mall.

A picture of the Les Tulips de Shangri-La sculpture on the square between the Mall and the Lille Europe TGV station is here

PS-E2 tech: cropped, skewed, levels adjusted, saturation (master, greens and reds) boosted, fill flashed some shadows areas, sharpened , gradient fill layer added to brighten up the grey sky and saved for the web.

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1885 W: 126 N: 4149] (13366)
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