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Our tour of the battlefields was now over. We attended church at Villeneuve d’Ascq in the morning and after lunch returned our rented vehicle to Europcar, this time with no difficulty. Then we went for another tour of Lille. Our walk took us down the streets of the old city to the Cathedral of Notre Dame, which is a massive building. The stained glass windows are something to see. The front façade of this cathedral is completely modern, and I initially thought it resulted from war damage to the original. In fact, it was built in the 1990s to complete a 19th century church designed in the Gothic style. Although impressive, I didn’t feel the Gothic and modern blended that well. I suppose it is all a matter of taste.
We also went to the Citadel, where Kieran took pictures of a long-horn bull, small ponies, and rabbits that were grazing by the ramparts. We could not tour the citadel interior, because it is a military installation, but we did go to a nearby amusement park, where the children played for an hour or so before we walked back to our hotel. It had been another memorable day.