Mercure Lille Roubaix Le Grand Hotel
22 avenue Jean Baptiste Lebas, Roubaix, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, 59100, France
More about Roubaix
Old textile machines
Metro station at Grande Place
Buste d'une vieille femme
Travel Tips for Roubaix
If you pronounce the word Roubaix, most people will remember the cobbles.
As since many years Roubaix is the finish of the bicycle race Paris - Roubaix.
It is certainly one of the toughest races in the world.
More then 256 km with at least 54 km of cobbled roads . . . .
A real challenge for the cyclists and their super light bikes . . .
The result of 54 km of cobbled roads: many flat tyres.
In this region there are still left many of these roads, and I can assure you that is not really pleasant to drive along such accidental road.
But I hope they can preserve the cobbled roads that still exist, as they are the silent witnesses of the industrial-archaeological history of this region. The emotions of the supporters along the cobbled roads when the cyclists pass on their way to reach the Velodrome de Roubaix.
Another way to discover the city of Roubaix, is via your Mobile telephone.
Like this you can visit the city on your own, at your own speed.
Like this you get life comment, intervieuws or historic sound documents at different tourist spots.
0 - Place de la liberte
1 - Grande Place
2 - La piscine - museun of Art and industry
3 - Palais de justice
4 - Usine roussel / Colisee
5 - Rang des drapiers
6 - Usine Motte Bossut
price is 0.34 euro / minit (that is about 1 euro per tourist spot)
Monts et Moulins 2004
At the trip Monts et Moulins (hills and mills) there were 3 different distances : 50 - 80 - 120 km.
Route for the 50 km:
Roubaix - Leers - Leers-Nord - Evregnies - Dottignies - Spiere - Warcoing - Herrines - Grand Rejet - Col de la Croix Jubaru - Kain (Controle) - Ramegnies-Chin - Nechin - Leers - Lys-Lez-Lannoy - Roubaix
Route for the 80 km:
Roubaix - Leers - Leers-Nord - Evregnies - Dottignies - St Denijs - Boussuit - Escannaffe - Mont de l'Enclus (Controle) - Amougies - Bue - Vieille Motte - Arc-Watripont - Popuelles - Velaines - Mourcourt - Col de la Croix Jubaru - Kain (Controle) - Ramegnies-Chin - Nechin - Leers - Lys-Lez-Lannoy - Roubaix
Route for the 120 km:
Roubaix - Leers - Leers-Nord - Evregnies - Dottignies - St Denijs - Boussuit - Escannaffe - Mont de l'Enclus (Controle) - Amougies - Zulzeke - Nukerke - Maarkedal - Beaufeau - Tombelle - Semenil - Beau Site - Saint Sauveur (Controle) - Bue - Vieille Motte - Arc-Watripont - Popuelles - Velaines - Mourcourt - Col de la Croix Jubaru - Kain (Controle) - Ramegnies-Chin - Nechin - Leers - Lys-Lez-Lannoy - Roubaix
As you can see this trip goes in the direction of Belgium, 50 km direction of Doornik/Tournai, 80 km direction of Ronse/Renaix and the 120 km direction of St Sauveur. A race bicycle
5 Senses - Seeing - Smelling - Tasting
For the sense - Seeing there is not needed much explanation, as it is clear that there is a lot see in this museum, on pieces of art and on architecture of this remarkable building.
For the Smelling - sense, you can get kind of smelling strips at the ticket office and then you can discover different smells while visiting the museum (this we have not done).
And the tasting - sense is in the museum restaurant where you can taste some delicious dessert, made by the master confectioner (he used to work in the very famous pastry shop Meert in Lille).
Great collection of paintings
In the former Art-Deco swimming pool, now the museum of Art and Industry La Piscine in Roubaix you can see a great collection of paintings.
There is a great collection of painters of the region of Roubaix.
I really loved to look at the paintings of Remy Cogghe with his cock fight painting, it is really amazing when you look at those faces they look so realistic.
More paintings in my Yravelogues.
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