Ten unmissables of Vendean cuisine

If you’re a foodie, you need to travel to the Vendée! Here are ten local specialities you shouldn’t miss out on. 

Find Herbert: a long-lost relative

John Ruler looks at how his love of Nord-Pas de Calais helped him discover a long-lost relative who perished in World War I.

The Battle of Arras

John Ruler discusses the Battle of Arras, one of the defining moments of World War I.

The cemeteries of Boulogne

One of the top three cross-Channel ports that received supplies and troops in World War I, Boulogne-sur-Mer still bears the scars today.

Je Suis Braderie – Lille’s legendary street market fights back

The Braderie de Lille, Europe’s biggest street sale, is set to return in September 2017. 

Don’t junk your Braderie weekend

The legendary Braderie flea market may have been cancelled, but Lille’s spirit is alive and well. So, what should you do if you have already booked your trip to the city?

Barbie, boots and boys’ toys – Lille’s arty take on Euro 2016

There are plenty of fab and groovy exhibitions to celebrate a summer of football in Lille.

The end of an era

Laurence Phillips bids farewell to two Lillois dining institutions.

Encounters with Chagall in Roubaix

Laurence Phillips talks music and serendipity as Lille3000 just gets better and better.

Lille3000: what not to miss

If you are heading off to Lille for a winter break, here’s what not to miss.