Second city of the North
Roubaix, also named as the city of 1000 Chimneys, is located in the Northern part of France, not so far from the frontier with Belgium.
In fact it is the second city in this Northern region: le Nord - Pas de Calais.
It is only 20 minutes to Lille (Rijsel), 45 minutes to Brussels, 1h20 to Paris and 2 hours to London.
Roubaix is easily assessable via car, bus and via the tramway / metro system coming from Lille (Rijsel). the atmosphere
Monts et Moulins 2004
On Sunday 26th of September 2004, Le Velo Club De Roubaix Cyclotourisme organised the Cycling trip "Monts et Moulins" (Mountains (read hills) and Mills).
There were 3 different distances: 50 - 80 and 120 km.
Departure was from 0.730 till 09.30 in the Centre Aere, Parc des Sports de Roubaix.
And as cycling is a very popular sport in this northern region of France, there were a lot of cyclists, French and Belgians. A race bicycle.
5 Senses - Hearing
There is something more to discover in the former swimming pool in Roubaix then just sculptures and pieces of art.
Here they are doing things with the five senses : Feeling - Seeing - Smelling - Tasting.
The Sense Hearing was kind of funny, as while we were visiting this museum we heard the sound of children playing in the swimming pool.
So every hour (I think) you can hear different sounds which are of course related to the swimming pool, like announcements, swimming lessons, and the rhythmic sound of swimmers and as I already mentioned the sound of playing children in the water.
This Portique (portal) is a very remarkable piece of art in the museum of art and industry in Roubaix.
It is located at the far end of the former swimming pool; in fact you can not miss it.
This Portique is made by Alexandre Sandier in 1913.
This Portique is made of enamelled stoneware from Sevres on a metal structure.
But al these facts are not so remarkable, but this work was made as portal for the library of the French pavilion of the International Fair of Gent (Gand) in 1913.
So I already told you that they restored the former Art-Deco swimming pool into a beautiful museum, the museum of Art and Industry.
But also the interior remained, like the changing cubicles. At the entry you need to pass these changing cubicles.
But further on, they used these changing cubicles as little halls were you could different kinds of art, fashion, textiles, . . . .