1 La Coupole
This vast complex built to launch the V2 bombs on London takes you from the 1930s through to the Cold War and the space race.
2 Cité Internationale de la Dentelle et de la Mode de Calais
Housed in a former factory, this entertaining museum tells the story of lace-making in Calais through films, machines and glorious fashions.
3 Parc Ornithologique du Marquenterre
From geese and godwits to storks and spoonbills, a huge variety of birds make their home amid briny meres and tamarisk-fringed dunes.
4 Lillois cuisine
Eat anything from the ubiquitous moules-frites, washed down with micro-brewed beer, to fried escargots with onions roasted in lavender oil in the historic centre of Lille, the cultural capital of northern France.
5 World War I monuments in the Somme
Moving memorials by Lutyens and others to the victims of the trenches.
6 Son et lumière at Amiens Cathedral
The biggest Gothic building in France, brought to life by sound and light shows on summer evenings.