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Situated on the northern border of France, Lille is thought to have been some form of settlement from as far back as 2,000BC. Today the city proudly displays its historic heritage and has fast become a popular destination for a European city break. 

Lille is a complete mix of old and new and its vibrant and dynamic atmosphere means that it is constantly moving and developing with the times. There are a selection of historic buildings and famous cobbled narrow streets, an excellent choice of bars and restaurants and some of the best art galleries and museums outside of Paris.

The city has hints of Spanish, Dutch and German, yet is still a really exquisite French city at its heart, full of beautiful Flemish and Belgian influence in its architecture and cuisine. 



The Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (LaM) is running a retrospective of Jean Dubuffet, founder of the Art Brut movement (often referred to as outsider art). Explore man's relationship with the natural and urban worlds, a common theme in Dubuffet's work, via the 13 paintings and one sculpture on show. The LaM is located in Villeneuve d'Ascq, Lille's easy to access neighbouring city. Until 8 January 2017. (www.musee-lam.fr)

For the first time, Lille's Palais des Beaux Arts is showing an exhibition of Instagram photographs. Les Instagramers s'Exposent is the result of an "instameet", for which the museum was privatised for some 50 snap-happy amateur photographers. The result? A rare invitation to see the museum's most inspiring features through the eyes of the @igerslille. Until 29 August, pba-lille.fr

You have until 5 June 2016 to visit the Amedeo Modigliani, l'Oeil Intérieur exhibition at the LaM (Lille Métropole, Musée d'Art Moderne, d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut). Located in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, Lille's neighbouring city, the retrospective is well worth the trip. Paintings, drawings and a rare marble sculpture all provide insight into the artist's life and work. musee-lam.fr

The ultimate feel-good exhibition, Joie de Vivre is a celebration of the theme of joy in art. Discover more than 120 pieces from the likes of Roy Lichtenstein, Picasso, and Niki de Saint Phalle, as well as spaces dedicated to mood-boosting songs and films. Catch it at the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille before 17 January 2016. Closed Tuesdays. For more information visit pba-lille.fr.

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Picking up presents on your trip and want to bring home something a little different? Missmap, a shop entirely dedicated to maps, will delight design fans and travel junkies alike. Pore over the collection of gorgeous vintage maps, or transform your own personal happy place into a work of art. (http://www.missmap.eu)

Forget the traditional French hobby of window shopping and get interactive at 'skirt bar' Jupette, a concept store which allows you to a create the skirt of your dreams, thanks to a personalised consultation (featuring tea and cupcakes). facebook.com/Jupettelille

Coax out your inner fashionista at Liane et Brindille, a window shopper's paradise packed with chic and timeless pieces from both cult brands, (Surface to Air, Mother) and up-and-coming local designers. 18 rue Bartholomé Masurel, 59800. tel: +33320513620. liane-et-brindille.fr

At cosmetics and bath boutique Soapeo, you'll find all of the necessary ingredients for a chilled night in after a long day's sightseeing. All products are paraben free and have not been tested on animals. Choose from the impressive selection of calming essential oils, handmade soaps and bath cupcakes. For more information visit www.soapeo.fr.

Les Cousines de Léon offers lovingly selected home decor and accessories from French and international designers. Inside, you'll find all kinds of curiosities, from geometric jewellery and printed cushions, to DIY crafts for the little ones. 25 rue Royale, 59800.

Day Trips

Can animals dream? What mysteries are hidden in the starry night sky? These are just a few of the questions answered in the Nuit exhibition. It's on until 6 March 2016 at the Le Forum Départemental des Sciences in Villeneuve d'Ascq (Lille's easily accessible neighbouring city). For more information visit www.forumdepartementaldessciences.fr.

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