Image – Place du Général de Gaulle, Lille. In the centre, the Colonne de la Déesse surrounded by a fountain and to the right the Vieille Bourse, a historical building in Lille, Copyright Atout France/Michel Angot.

 

Dunkerque is nowadays the route many take into France and indeed is the third busiest port of France. The past is reinvented every year for two months in a carnival featuring the town ‘giants’. The town suffered badly in the War and was the last town to be liberated in 1945. The reconstruction was functional and the architecture unremarkable, but the Musée des Beaux Arts survived and has some superb paintings.

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