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Lille is more than the world-class museums, national theatre and ballet company. More than the serious shopping, the good food, great beers and locally distilled genièvre. What keeps the atmosphere bubbling is the people, warm and genuine. It was deservedly chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2004.
Bois de BoulogneThis spectacular park surrounded by water, is 124 acres of countryside, the biggest green space in town, enveloping the Citadelle fortress, and wrapping in the loop of the canal, with picturesque lock gates, Ecluse de la Barre.
Citadelle FortressThe magnificent pentagonal
star-shaped fortress was the hub of the French army for 300 years. Louis XIV commissioned the great military architect Vauban to build his 'Queen of Citadelles'. It was Constructed using 16 million bricks.
EuralilleModern shopping and leisure district straddles the new TGV and Eurostar station. Here you can shop or enjoy a concert in the 5,000-seat Grand Palais arena. At street level there are 140 shops, a hypermarket, holiday apartments and a hotel.
Museum of Modern ArtThe gardens and galleries of the museum of modern art are home to 20th-century masterpieces. Large sculptures are dotted amongst the trees. Works by Picasso and Alexander Calder stride the lavish lawns.
Les Places3 squares linked by restaurants, cafes and bars. The Grand Place (known as place du Gènèral de Gaulle) and its two neighbours are the heart of Lille, constantly reinventing. One week a landscaped garden or then a fairytale grotto and ferris wheel.
Marché de WazemmesFood market, clothes market, antiques market, and a street-party every weekend this market is the stuff of legend. More than a mere market, this is an occasion, with the spirit of Wazemmes spilling out into the streets every Sunday morning.