Watertravel & Waterside Destinations The quaint Central France village of Apremont- sur-Allier in morning light

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This old village looks almost as if the last two or three centuries hadn’t passed.

A house is nestled in the trees in the village of Apremont-sur-Allier.

The impression is spoiled only 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 (bourg) on the hill dominates the area. Its grounds have been developed into a fine garden, open to the public (for a modest admission fee).

Town houses in Apremont-sur-Allier Arriving fairly early 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.

If you’re traveling  independently, it would be a good idea to arrive early if possible since the absence of tourists 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

Entering the village of Apremont-sur-Allier in Central France.
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