old village looks almost as if the last two or three centuries
slightly by the paved road that runs through it and the occasional
traffic it carries. Although the line between
quaint and ramshackle is rather faintly drawn in provincial France,
homes in Apremont-sur-Allier
all appear to be very well maintained and
yet still retain an aura of authentic antiquity. A château
on the hill dominates the area. Its grounds have been developed into a fine garden, open to the public
(for a modest admission fee).
in the morning, all we found
missing was the crowds of American and Japanese tourists one would
normally expect to
see at such a fascinating place. Of course, at noon it might well be a
very different story.
traveling independently, it would
be a good idea to arrive early if possible since the absence of
and the normal bustle of the village's activity lends to the medieval
atmosphere. In any case,
Apremont-sur-Allier is a charming place to spend a little time and is
located only a
short drive from Nevers.