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PostHeaderIcon A weekend at Apremont-sur-Allier

For all those people who are lucky enough to enjoy a holiday or perhaps a weekend in Apremont Sur Allier, this sleepy little village which is considered to be one of the most well preserved of villages in France, can be visited from Paris, while travelling towards Lyon. There are two really remarkable tourist extractions which one needs to see here. One is a glass factory, dating back to 1752 which had to be closed down during the Terror. It was turned into stables for thoroughbred horses in the late 19th century. You can still see the names of those thoroughbreds, which were bred, exercised and fed with flaxseed, and oat mash in these luxurious stables. Cobblestoned residences for horses,ma foi! But then, England was considered to be heaven for horses and hell for women in the 19 century, and France could be equally considered to be heaven for horses, as well as for pretty women, during that time!

And for all those, who are still wont to wander down nostalgia lane, the stables also have a museum where you can get to see horse-drawn carriages of the 19th century. And if you are looking for romance, the ironmaster of Le Creusot, Charles Prosper Eugine Schneider married into the peerage of Apremont, by wedding Antoinette de Saint Sauveur on 7 August 1894, with whom he lived happily ever after till his death in 1942.

Now we come to the park of Apremont-sur-Allier. This beautifully laid Park definitely comes under the category of a thing of beauty and joy for ever. Since 1976, this lovely park allows you to wander through well kept vistas including lawns, waterfalls, and imaginative botanical creations, which take you back to the creative splendour of the late 18th century. Anybody who has seen Vita Sackville-West’s garden in Sissinghurst is definitely going to recognise the inspiration for the White Garden. This park also includes the oriental touch with a pagoda and a bridge. The park is open up to 2 October. Adults will have to pay eight euros, while children up to the age of 12 have to pay five euros. Kiddies less than seven years old can enter absolutely free. The timings are from 10: 30 to 12: 30 and went from 2: 30 to 6: 30. You may want to photograph the fantastically designed buildings present in the park. Well, your job is to enjoy your weekend in Apremont-sur-Allier, and have a picnic among the poplars, silver firs and other rare botanical specimens on me!