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.

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