Douai town guide
Campanologists and horologists will be attracted to the tower at Douai which has no less than sixty two bells that ring very quarter of an hour. Visitors will find the town south of Lille and East of Calais and of easy access by hire car from either.
The town has had its times of being important, it was actually the seat of the Flemish Parliament in the eighteenth Century, and its down times, when it was badly damaged during the two world wars. Visit the Musee de la Chartreuse which charts the history of the town from very early times. The museum also houses some fine paintings by artists such as Rubens, Renoir and Pissaro.
There are two commercial Canals that meet here and visitors only used to canals being used as holiday routes for enthusiasts will be surprised by the number and size of the craft that use these waterways. Remember, if you walk by these canals that those using them are involved in a serious business and do not inconvenience them.
For a different kind of entertainment visit the Centre Historique Minier de Lewarde. Use your hire car to get to this attraction which is at the old Delloye Colliery which closed in 1971. The guided tour is in French but there are headphones available with an English commentary. The trip takes in all aspects of Mining and leaves visitors in little doubt as to how dangerous an industry this can be.