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Art Deco treasure

Updated: Nov 20, 2021

Another one day excursion with my friends… an hour and a half away from Brussels. we arrived around lunchtime at Croix a commune in the Nord department in northern France to visit the Villa Cavrois.

But before culture, comes food… we found a great restaurant nearby called restaurant Ycy we had the ‘menu du jour’ for 14 € and we were very impressed with the food, the service and the setting. It’s in walking distance from the Villa.

The Villa Cavrois was built between 1929 and 1932, and is the most emblematic achievement of the architect Mallet-Stevens. It was classified as a historical monument in 1990, then purchased by the State in 2001 and has been restored to perfection.

While we were there, they were interviewing the granddaughter of the architect. She was explaining that the guidelines from the future owner were ‘air, light, work, sports, hygiene, comfort and economy’. So you have a house with 7 bedrooms and 7 bathroom, and amazing outdoor pool and large windows which bring light in every room.

We bought a combined ticket that included La Piscine at Roubaix.

I’ve mixed feelings about this swimming pool that has been converted into a museum. There was too many art pieces so very overwhelming. However I enjoyed the temporary exhibitions, Alexej von Jawlensky and Susanne Hay.

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