From Lille, which has a major airport, you can easily get to Dunkirk by TER/TERGV high-speed train or by car. From Paris, a TGV train should take about 1.5 – 2 hours. You can also get to the city by boat ! Once in the city, you can use the public bus system to get around, or drive. In the more historic areas, a lot can be done on foot.
Dunkirkish cuisine is heavily influenced by Flemish cooking. The three main dishes of the city are potjevleesch, carbonade flamande, and mussels with chips. Potjevleesch is made up of three or four white meats which are made into a terrine with gelatine. Carbonade flamande is traditional sweet-sour beef and onion stew made with beer. Most dishes are served with some version of potatoes and with Belgian-style beers.
The Dunkirk Carnival is by far the city’s major annual event. It is made up of numerous festivities that take place from late January to early April. Some of the main attractions are the musical parades which lead through the streets or the huge dance parties which take place in the city’s various event halls. This event is anything but recent: records of masks being worn for celebration date all the way back to 1676 !
The city of Dunkirk celebrates several “giants” which act as patrons for the city: Reuze, Violette the Swimmer, Hilaire Patate, and Snustre are some of the more well-known ones.
http://www.ville-dunkerque.fr/ (official city site) http://www.dunkirk-tourism.com/ (official tourist site)