Northeast of populous Lille, in Northern France, you can book a hotel in Roubaix. Try to do so in advance if you plan to arrive in mid-April. This is when the grueling Paris-Roubaix cycle race occurs. Many hotels in Roubaix find themselves booked solid during this time. Here at EasyToBook.com we will help you avoid this problem. You can then catch the race and see other attractions. From your pleasant Roubaix hotel, venture to the Hôtel de Ville. It dates from 1911. You can find it on the Grand Place.
Yet, the indisputable attraction of the city is La Piscene. This is the current home of the Museum of Art and Industry. The structure dates from the Art Nouveau period. The original architect was a local man, Albert Baert. It was the premier pool in Northern France. Today, while retaining much of its Art Nouveau elements, La Piscen acts as a venue for permanent and temporary exhibits, mostly 19th and early 20th century works. There is also a collection of photos recording the activities and glory of the pool during its heyday. Be sure to catch the admirable Neptune Fountain. Alternatively, you can visit the 19th century cemetery or La Manufacture des Flandres. This is an operational tapestry factory. Here, you can explore the history of the production of tapestries from the Middle Ages to the present. After admiring the machinery, you can stop in at the onsite boutique to purchase the products.
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