"A rainy day at Place de Roubaix" Top 5 Page for this destination Cycling Tip by Nemorino

Cycling, Paris: 32 reviews and 136 photos

  1. Place de Roubaix
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  • 1. Place de Roubaix - Paris
      1. Place de Roubaix
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  • 2. Two men on Vélib bikes in the rain - Paris
      2. Two men on Vélib bikes in the rain
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  • 3. Riding in the rain - Paris
      3. Riding in the rain
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  • 4. Heavy rainfall - Paris
      4. Heavy rainfall
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Favorite thing: A nice thing to do in Paris when it starts to rain is to take refuge in one of the many cafés and watch the rain from the second row of tables, just inside.

At Place de Roubaix I docked my Vélib’ bike at station 10029 on Rue de Dunkerque and had my choice of several cafés. I chose this one because the whole front was open so I could sit inside but still have a good view of the rain pounding down on the pavement.

This square is named after the city of Roubaix, which is in northern France right up by the Belgian border, between the cities of Lille and Tourcoing.

“Roubaix” rhymes with “rainy day” (sort of).

Second photo: Two men on Vélib’ bikes riding past the café.

Third photo: Another man on a bicycle. Strangely enough, I only saw men and boys riding around in the rain, but no women or girls. Perhaps they have more sense than we do?

Fourth photo: Heavy rainfall on Place de Roubaix.

Vélib’ 10029, 10033 and 10028
GPS 48°52'48.77" North; 2°21'8.28"E East

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