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Lille is a medium-sized city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of northern France. This city has a strong industrial background, but, after some difficult years, it is now known throughout France for its handsome city centre and its very active cultural life.

Lille has a very nice city centre, excellently suited for a city trip. The main square, Place du Général-de-Gaulle, better known as the "Grand'place", has many lovely historic houses, like the neo-Flemish headquarters of local newspaper La Voix du Nord, and a fountain with the statue of a goddess, "la Grande Déesse". Right between two picturesque squares, Place du Général-de-Gaulle and Place du Théâtre, the La Vieille Bourse still plays a central part in the life of the city.

Take a stroll through the old quarter of the city, known as Vieux Lille, and enjoy the quiet, cobblestone streets, the variety of stylish designer shops, gourmet restaurants, and the modern Cathédrale Notre Dame de la Treille. More notable streets like Rue de la Monnaie and Rue Esquermoise are definitely worth the trip. A bit farther from the city centre is la Citadelle, an interesting example of defensive military architecture, built by Vauban, a famous French military architect, under the reign of Louis the Fourteenth. In the same area is a zoo and a lovely park.

The pedestrian streets just past Grand Place (rue de Béthune, rue Neuve, Rue du Sec Arembault, rue des Tanneurs, etc.) offer popular clothing chain stores. Euralille is Lille's largest shopping centre and offers popular clothing chains. Situated between the two train stations, Gare Lille Flandres and Gare Lille Europe, and right in the heart of the city near dozens of hotels, Euralille is easily accessible to travellers coming into the city.

One of the more popular and affordable eating options are the multitude of kebab shops around the city. For a few Euro, you can get a hearty sandwich with shaved chicken or lamb with a side of frites. A local speciality is the kebab with "Fricandelles," or sausages that are native to this region.

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