Swimming Before The Picnic At Bruno's Ecohouse
Dear swimming friends,
The first version of this event was a success, therefore we are renewing it for even greater fun !
You are welcome to join us on SUNDAY MORNING 23 SEPTEMBER Protected content swim and/or sunbathe from 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM, before the picnic at my place.
Houilles is a nice cozy little town just a few minutes (by RER) from downtown Paris Protected content by RER from Charles de Gaulle Etoile). It is the second RER station after La Défense, therefore it is very near Paris and easy to get there by RER. The swimming pool isProtected content
If you come by car, there is a big (and free) parking on the right hand side of the swimming pool (remember to keep your pool paper ticket as you will need it to exit the building, and then again to go out of the parking). There is always always plenty of room to park there as well as (and also free) at my place Protected content
For the picnic after the swimming session, my ecohouse is just around the block Protected content , 2 minutes walking distance).
The swimming pool is recent, clean and good quality (inaugurated in Protected content cleaner, better and less crowded than any of the swimming pools in Paris. You can really swim, without having someone bumping into you every 30 seconds.
The Houilles-Carrières sur Seine has two big 25 m swimming basins (see photos) : one big (and deep) pool for swimmers (8 swimming lanes), and one shallower and warmer pool for children (and adult beginners).
There is a sunbathing area and terrace on the upper level (see photos).
We can swim and enjoy there until about 12:30.
We can then share a picnic at my place, which is very near the swimming pool, just around the corner (walk 2 minutes).
Address for the picnic/lunch (at my place) : 55 rue Victor Hugo, Houilles (it is near the swimming pool). Note that if you come to the picnic, you should also subscribe on the PICNIC event page (distinct from this one). The picnic event is posted in the brunch and picnic group, not in the sports group.
Those who want can join in for the picnic event only, or swimming event only, or both, as you wish.
Each of us brings his own food/picinc, and something to share.
The house is a high-performance eco-house (positive energy, photovoltaic panels, geothermal air conditioning, strong insulation, high performance heat pump, double-flux ventilation, six heat exchangers...) technically interesting (for eco-construction enthusiasts).
If you come by public transport, there is one train every 15 minutes going to Houilles on RER line A. See transilien.fr for the RER and train schedules.
There is about one RER every 15 minutes (you don't necessarily need to aim for a specific train) arriving in Houilles 12 minutes later.
After Etoile, the RER A goes through La Defense (4 minutes later) and Nanterre. Before Etoile, you can board in at Auber, Chatelet, Nation... (a little earlier, about 4 minutes per station).
Be careful : not all the RER's line A heading west go to Houilles, only train 1 in 2. Before boarding the train when you are standing on the platform, make sure that the HOUILLES-CARRIERES SUR SEINE destination is lit (the little light near the name of the destination is ON when the train does go to that destination) before stepping into the train, otherwise you may end up in Saint Germain en Laye !
There are also direct SNCF trains from Gare Saint-Lazare to Houilles, which you can also take with your usual Navigo pass. It also takes about 15 minutes (some direct trains are 9 minutes, some are 18 minutes) from St Lazare to Houilles but there are only 2 or 3 trains every hour therefore it is advised to check the schedule on transilien.fr if you come from St Lazare.
In both cases (coming from RER line A or SNCF from St Lazare) go out the RER/SNCF station on the LEFT hand side (when you watch the train leaving, Paris being in your back).
The swimming pool is just a 5 minute quick-walk Protected content slow walk, 8 min standard stride) from the RER station.
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At 10:35 we will go inside the pool. Whoever arrives late can join the others in the swimming pool downstairs and/or on the solarium upstairs. I have a red swim suit, and swimming glasses.
The cost of the swimming pool entrance ticket is 4.50 Euros for adults. The picnic of course is free (each of us brings something to eat and something to drink).
To participate in the picnic at 1:00 PM @ my place after the pool, you should also register on the PICNIC event page, if you haven't already done so yet.
Looking forward to the pleasure of swimming and hopefully sunbathing together !
P.S. : I will answer my phone until about 10:30 and after about 12:30
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