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Map of north east FranceSector 3a . Hauts de France 

Hauts de France (Flanders, Artois,  Picardy)  

Includes the following French departments:
Northern region:    59 Nord, 62 Pas de Calais
Picardy region:  02 Aisne, 60 Oise, 80 Somme
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An introduction to northeast France

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Nord-Pas-de-Calais guide.
Picardy guide
 The Hauts de France region, covering the old regions of Nord - Pas-de-Calais and Picardy , includes the French part of the historic area of Europe known as Flanders - today divided between France and the Low Countries, plus the French part of the historic Artois
  The region is divided down the middle between two departments, the Pas de Calais to the southwest, and the department of le Nord to the northeast, along the Belgian border.
   The Nord department, capital Lille, is the most heavily industrialised department of France, and the most densely populated area outside the Paris region. Lille itself is a vibrant city that has reinvented itself as the central point on the Paris - Brussels - London high-speed rail network. It has historic quarters and some fine museums.
   The Pas de Calais, by contrast, is largely rural, its chalk hills and valleys very reminiscent of the landscape of eastern Kent, to which it was once joined, many thousands of years ago. This department has seaside resorts, and small country towns; in terms of population density, it is one of the the least populated areas within 100 miles of greater London.
    Picardy covers the area between Nord – Pas-de-Calais and the Paris region. The south of the modern region is not part of the historic area of Picardy, and is economically part of the greater Paris area. In the east, Picardy is a very agricultural area, and one of the most important French production areas for sugar beet and cereals. At the heart of the battle zones during the First World War, it is an area that today offers many a sombre lesson in history.  

Getting to the north of France

Lying in the triangle between Paris, London and Brussels, Hauts de France is very accessible from all directions.
Come by road
By road: Enter this region directly at the Calais ferry port or Channel Tunnel terminal, or from the border with Belgium.  The whole area is easily accessible via the A 16 or A26 motorways from Calais, or the A1 / A2 motorways from Belgium and Holland via Reims, or directly from Belgium.
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Come by train
Access by rail: Eurostar from London or Brussels to Calais or Lille, TGV from Paris to LIlle or Calais
Come by plane
Though there is an airport in Lille, it is not much served by international flights, except for outbound tourists. The closest airports for this area are Paris CDG and Brussels

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