La Piscine is a museum of art and industry, located in the city of Roubaix in northern France – part of the Lille metropolitan area. It’s about 20 minutes away from Lille Flandres train station on the metro.
And what a treat it is! A contemporary art museum, housed in an art-deco public swimming pool. Set across several levels, the main pool area remains a central focus, with sculptures lining a shallow body of water. Every so often the sound of children laughing and splashing is piped in, adding to the atmosphere.
The showers and changing rooms are either used as walkways from one room to the next, or they house exhibition pieces. The gift store is perched alongside enormous tanks in the old filtration room, and what used to be the refreshment area has become a restaurant.
Definitely worth a jaunt if you’re in the area!
I visited Lille, in northern France, last weekend for a city break. Why Lille? It’s one stop on the Eurostar from London on the way to both Brussels and Paris, and I was always curious as to what lay beyond the station platform.
It turns out Lille is a very picturesque city that borders with Belgium, with everything you want in a French getaway – a big Sunday morning food and flea market; numerous patisseries; Europe’s biggest bookstore.
Did I mention as well, on a fast train, it’s only one hour and twenty minutes from London St. Pancras? That’s the same time it can take to get to Birmingham!
These cups remind me of my friends Monica and Graham! The beautiful and the beautifully bearded.
Dinner one night was at Les Compagnons de la Grappe (the companions of the grape). While it was a little chilly outside in the evening, it was fun to sit in the courtyard and admire their insane murals. I love the gnome!
It was Lille Pride while I was there, and I very much admired these exquisitely decorated eclairs. Printed, perhaps?
I spent Sunday morning in the suburb of Wazemmes, around a half hour’s stroll from the city centre. I love flea markets… The suburb where I grew up, Takapuna, had a market every Sunday morning in the central car park from 6am until 12pm, and it was a rare weekend when we didn’t pop in for fruit and veggies, homemade soap, paint or some other errand. This one in Lille, has a similar hodge-podge of goods at its heart, including women’s shoes for two euros!
I would definitely visit Lille again – it’s a cheaper(!), more relaxed alternative to Paris. Certainly less tourists in town… Perhaps in September for Grande Braderie de Lille – Europe’s largest flea market.