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In its year as Europe's City of Culture, Lille hosted more than 2000 events in 2004.Its nine million visitors relished a real cultural feast at a European crossroads just 38 minutes from Brussels, 1hour from Paris and 1h and 40 minutes from London. Visit the different museums: Palais des Beaux-Arts (the biggest museum in France after the Louvre), the Maison Natale Charles de Gaulle ( Lille is his birthplace), Museum of the Hospice Comtesse. Lille really deserves its title of City of Heritage and Art. Besides its colorful Flemish architecture and its narrow ornamented facades (of which the Vieille Bourse is a prime example), Lille has a rich and varied heritage. French classical style houses sit alongside the eclectism of "grands boulevards " or even the Maison Folie - these former factories (textile, brewery) that are experiencing a start as new cultural and meeting centres. Markets and regional food and drink specialties will also represent a delicious part of your stay.

There are various things to see in Lille. Modern Art Museum is one of the sights worth to visit. Situated in a vast park with sculptures, the museum was designed by the architect Roland Simounet to house the donation Geneviève and Jean Masurel. The collection covers most of the great names and most of the trends of influence in France at the beginning of the 20 th century: Léger, Modigliani, the cubists Braque, Picasso, Laurens, the fauves Derain and Rouault, the surrealists Masso and Miro, also the Ecole de Montparnasse, the Ecole de Paris and Art Naïf as well as work by artists from the north of France. Septentrion Fondation is another place to visit in Lille. The Vert Bois domain stretches over 30 hectares. The Foundation maintains a cultural current through its temporary shows and the permanent exhibition of its works of art. THe Castle, built in the 18 th century, is open in July and August. It presents decorative arts and an outstanding quality furniture.Donot miss the village of craftsmen.

 
 
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