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CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Architecture
The North of France is rich in history, and as such the ancient buildings will appeal to visitors. Our cities possess exceptional architecture, from Lille's "vieille Bourse" to Roubaix's "chateaux d'industries" former industrial buildings turned into cultural places.
Museums
You will be spoilt for choice ! In Lille, one can visit the "Palais des Beaux Arts", or the "Hospice Comtesse Museum". In Villeneuve d'Ascq, here is the newly renovated "Musée d'Art Moderne", or in Roubaix, "La Piscine" an Art Deco swimming-pool dating back to 1932.
Shows
Ballet, opera, theatre, comedy, music concert… there will always be a show in town to entertain you.
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STROLLING IN AND AROUND LILLE

Shopping
There is a wide range of places to shop ; from the luxury boutiques in the Vieux Lille (the ancient city), famous label designers in the pedestrian precinct and good bargains at the "Usine" or "Mac Arthur Glenn" centres in Roubaix.
Public parks
The best-known parks are : "Parc de la Deule", the Mosaic Garden, the newly refitted banks of the Marque and the Lys rivers, the Barbieux park in Roubaix and Vauban's Citadel in Lille.
Markets
The most popular market is undoubtedly that of Wazemmes, on a Sunday morning. It has nearly become an institution thanks to its colourful stalls, exotic flavours and animated atmosphere. The markets of the Place du Concert (Vieux Lille) and Place Sebastopol (town centre) are also very much attended.
SPECIALITIES AND TRADITIONS

Gastronomy
Have you ever heard of our regional specialities ? Carbonnade flamande (long-simmered Flemish stew), chicon (French endive), faluche, goyere, hochepot, potjervlesh, waterzoï, Avesnes boulette, Maroilles or Vieux Lille. Come and taste them, washed down with a glass of beer, of course !
Festivals and traditions
PPeople in the North of France have an innate sense of fun.
Several century old traditions are still being celebrated with the same enthusiasm.

The "Braderie de Lille" ranks first -its origin arises from the merchant and friendly soul of the city.But always remember that here, in the North, any excuse is good for having fun !
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