NEVERS – GROSSOUVRE 

 

After crossing the Ponte de Loire in Nevers, I did not follow the traditional route but took the route a pilgrim suggested in Le Chemin. By doing that, I had no book to rely on and no map to verify the way. However, most of the time it was an easy path – I just followed the Loire downstream, which connected to a canal and the canal connected with the river l’Allier.

 

 

 

Canal between Loire and L’Allier

Canal between Loire and L’Allier

 

 

Canal with dock

Canal with dock

 

In the afternoon, I arrived at the picturesque medieval village Apremont-sur-Allier. In this village, nature and architecture were combined into pure beauty. Precisely cut shrubs and trees became architecture in itself. An abundance of roses in all colors, hydrangeas, lilies and other flowers were growing along the stone houses and in the gardens. The village was not always like that. After the First World War, a blacksmith started the renovation of one of the houses and had the vision of saving the village from destruction. Now, Apremont-sur-Allier is a jewel of a village.

 

 

View from Apres-sur Allier to the river

View from Apres-sur Allier to the river

 

 

River promenade

River promenade

 

 

Clematis on a house wall

Clematis on a house wall

 

 

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The art of gardening in French garden Architecture

The art of gardening in French garden Architecture

 

 

House in Apremont–sur–Allier

House in Apremont–sur–Allier

 

After leaving the medieval village, I hiked for two hours through the forest of Apremont to Chateau Grossouvre, a castle from the 12th century. It was once an important castle used by king Henry IX, Napoleon III and Catharina de Medici. Now, the castle is closed, the interior totally run down and just the outside partially renovated. The owners live in a simple flat roofed house nearby. I stayed in a similar one.

 

 

Forêt d’Apremont

Forêt d’Apremont

 

 

Chateau Grossouvre

Chateau Grossouvre

 

 

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Home of the owner of the castle

Home of the owner of the castle