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TRAVEL GETTING THERE �e shortest journey

time to Nice via Paris is just under 9

hours. Return fares from £121 per person

(voyages-sncf.com, 0844 848 5848).

LENS

• England vs Wales, 16 June

• one last 16 tie

WHAT TO DO �is northern city is

widely believed to have the strongest

footballing culture in the whole of France,

so expect a good atmosphere at the

38,000-seat Stade Bollaert-Delelis. In

contrast to its historic Flemish buildings,

Lens boasts the architectural wonder that

is the Louvre-Lens. �is outpost of the

famous Paris museum has an excellent

selection of works on loan from its parent

gallery. You can also walk up Europe's

highest slag heap, known as Terril 74A,

which offers incredible views from its

165-metre summit. �is, and the other

coal-mining heritage sites, were given

Unesco World Heritage status in 2012.

Lens also makes a good base for exploring

the surrounding World War I memorials

and museums, including the moving Lens

14-18 History Centre of War and Peace.

tourism-lenslievin.co.uk

WHERE TO EAT Michelin-endorsed

L'Atelier de Marc Meurin in the LouvreLens

park showcases regional ingredients

(atelierdemarcmeurin.fr; menus from €32).

WHERE TO DRINK �is is beer

country, so settle down for a brew in

the traditional pub at the Al' Fosse 7

(94 Boulevard Henri Martel).

WHERE TO STAY Despite a somewhat

unprepossessing location next to a

supermarket, the Lensotel is a pleasant

place to stay and boasts a good restaurant

(lensotel.com; rooms from €85).

GETTING THERE �e shortest journey

time via Lille is just over 3 hours 5

minutes. Return fares from £93 per person

(voyages-sncf.com, 0844 848 5848).

LYON

• Northern Ireland vs Ukraine, 16 June

• one last 16 tie

• one semi-final tie

WHAT TO DO Lyon is France's

gastronomic capital and a Unesco World

Heritage site. Get lost among the narrow

streets of Vieux Lyon or take the funicular

up Fourvière Hill for sensational views.

In the Presqu'île area the elegant streets

and squares offer excellent shopping, cafés

and restaurants. At its southern tip in the

Confluences district, the architecturally

stunning Musée des Confluences tells the

story of mankind in two million objects.

�e new 60,000-seat Parc Olympique

Lyonnais was built especially for Euro

2016 and opened in January. onlylyon.com

WHERE TO EAT No trip to Lyon is

complete without a visit to a traditional

Bouchon restaurant, beloved by carnivores

for the meat and offal-heavy menus.

Try Le Bouchon des Filles run by two

enterprising young women (20 Rue

Sergent Blandan; four-course menu €25).

WHERE TO DRINK Enjoy the fruit

of the surrounding vineyards at the city's

oldest wine bar, La Cave des Voyageurs

(lacavedesvoyageurs.fr).

WHERE TO SLEEP �e five-star Cour

des Loges offers 60 bedrooms in Italian

Renaissance style, and a Michelin-star

restaurant with glass-roofed courtyard

(courdesloges.com; rooms from €190).

GETTING THERE Eurostar's new

direct service from St Pancras takes

4 hours 40 minutes. Return fares

from £89 per person (voyages-sncf.com,

0844 848 5848).

ST ÉTIENNE

• England vs Slovakia, 20 June

• one last 16 tie

WHAT TO DO Having played a major

part in France's industrial past, St Étienne

has reinvented itself and is now a centre of

design innovation. Its modern art museum

is second only to Paris's Pompidou Centre

FROM TOP: CITÉ DU

DESIGN, ST ÉTIENNE;

ANCIENT TREASURES AT

THE NEW LOUVRE�LENS

MUSUEM, LENS; THE

BASILIQUE ON TOP OF

FOURVIÈRE HILL IN LYON

PHOTO: PHILIPPE CHANCEL �LOUVRE‘LENS

, TRISTAN DESCHAMPS �FOURVIÈRE

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