Mercure Lille Roubaix Grand Hotel
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... to transfer at Lille. Not just trains, but entire train stations! It was a 10 minute dash across the streets to jump on the next train. Who needs drugs when you can get that sudden, intense rush of adrenaline that comes from having only minutes to find your next train. What platform? Where is that? Argh! Ha-ha! Today was our day though - smooth sailing from start to finish.
... barges and a container port as well as a few cruisers.
When we moored up at Mons we were helped by an Australian couple David and Melanie. They are originally from Rhodesia and now Australians and live in Perth. They had lived for a time in South Africa, China and Indonesia due to David being a mining engineer. David is now retired so they just bought their ex hire boat 2 weeks ago to travel Europe.
The port of Mons is very similar ...
... it was all big commercial size locks today with some working very slowly and us having to wait for upcoming traffic. There was plenty of industry like yesterdays massive scrap yards with cranes emptying barges with their grab, plus again plenty of grain being moved from the silos. The biggest loads were the container barges and we also saw newly constructed yards and cranes for this container traffic.
The one unusual thing we saw today ...
... after the summer break so the roads could have been chaos but they were empty and Paris is an eerie town at that time of the morning.... Making our train with plenty of time to spare meant we had time for yet another croissant and coffee breakfast... not as good as the hotel but still yum. We we on the move as soon as our platform was revealed and so began the 13.7km walk to our designated carriage... Lucky we were not tardy because we'd been on board for ...
Then we had about an hour to explore Arras for ourselves and the chance to view the Unesco classified main square. We then met up again to leave Arras and head towards Belgium. On the way we stopped at Vimy Ridge, another beautifully manicured and impressive memorial due to the work of the Canadian government, situated on a ridge overlooking the slag heaps of the coal mining area.
Once done there we had lunch at ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Fitness/Health center