Close to the border where France meets Belgium lies the northern city of Lille. Sitting by the side of the Deûle River, the city, named by some sources as 'L'Isle' (the island) can trace its foundations back as far as 640. The name stems from the settlement's location amid what was then marshy ground. Inhabitants ranged through the Gauls, the Saxons, the Frisians and the Franks and Lille was occupied by the Vikings for around 80 years starting in 830. Louis Pasteur, noted scientist and inventor of the pasteurisation process, called Lille his home town in the 1800s. The city appears to be keen on fostering international relations with no fewer than fifteen cities across the globe in their twinning programme - the winning location for the UK being Leeds.
If you're about to send parcels to Lille, many and varied are the options facing you. But if you want to take the quickest, hassle-free route, you'll let us get things safely despatched here at Parcel2Go. Since we're the UK's biggest online parcel delivery service, we uniquely placed to advise you on the best way to get a parcel to Lille on its way - and our experience tells us that the French postal service, La Poste, are exactly the right men (and women) for the job. Time and time again they're come up trumps, so why look for anything more complicated? Although, having said that, if you've really got your mind set on a courier to Lille instead, we'll be happy to make that happen.
The secret of happiness for a French post-person comes in the form of the five-digit French postal code, which you should write nice and big at the last line of the address. Mysterious it may appear, but all is revealed once you are given access to the arcane piece of knowledge that the first two numbers specify the département while the last three point to a particular arrondissement (unless you're destination is Paris, Lyons or Marseilles - but that needn't concern us here).
To ensure a successful parcel delivery to Lille, wrap everything up well. Not too well, however, since Monsieur le Customs Officer wouldn't like to fight through a roll of parcel tape to look inside. Speaking of which: France, like every country, bans certain items through the post. So if you want to send a parcel to Lille that actually gets there, it pays to double check.