The Church of St. Martins was built on a promontory of rock overlooking the river Vie in around the 12th century. In 1468 the nearby Chateau d'Apremont was bedie`sed by 3,000 Bretons who wanted to free the prisoners being held there. The siege was lifted once the prisoners were released, but the surrounding countryside as far as St. Gilles on the...more
Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Apremont Church we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists at that time. Either the bus / coach did not arrive yet or everybody was still having breakfast at their hotels. Whenever we visit a church or cathedral...more
Our main goal on visiting the little village of Apremont was to see the Château. Its magnificent towers of this Apremont castle stand up proudly over a lovely and picturesque small town. Built on a rocky mound at the place of an ancient medieval fortress, the Renaissance castle overlooks the entire valley and its gardens are particularly pleasant....more
The pic show you how the canal across the Allier river in Gimouille. Of course it is an old story now and only the holliday boats use it because the little size os the canal.The bridge from 1838 is 343 m long; This is the point where we live de Bourgogne and enter in the Berry. ( from the Nievre to the Cher departement)more
Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in France is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to France with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main...more
I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that...more
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explian why a woman turns the map all around when a man is asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
In the middle of the Bas Bocage on the rocky cliff side of the River Vie is the picturesque village of Apremont. Towering over the village are the remains of the Chateau d'Apremont there is a superb panoramic view of the valley of the river Vie and the surrounding countryside. I always just love to stay for a while at such a nice view point. Just...more
The Chateau d'Apremont is the remains of a renaissance castle that was built in 1534, now owned by the local authority, it is open for visits during the season. We were gladly surprised by the very friendly entrance fee: adult €3.80 and a child (12-16) €2, but for 1 euro more you can buy a “combined” ticket which allows you to climb to the top of...more
For us this was just one of those “I want to visit this!” destination. We had a nice holiday at the beach at Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez and this is located about 20 kilometers far. We knew in advance that there are portions of remains of which are believed to date back to the 13th century. Apremont is located in the department of the Vendée, on a...more
Luggage and bags:
* Map and guidebook;
* 2 Liter of water;
* Fruit / power bars.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
* 1 extra t-shirt;
* Shorts with many pockets;
* Fleece type jacket;
* Hat / cap;
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
* (Neck) sunblock;
Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
* Extra batteries;
* Lens 210 mm.
Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
We enjoyed our paddling tour on the river Vie. We had to duck a few times to avoid some branches, but that was fun to. Once we returned toward our starting point we also had a good view at the Chateau d’Apremont seen from the river. At some point we could even see a glimpse of the tower of the St Martins Church. Arriving near the bridge Barrage...more
Are you looking for an activity where you can sightsee, relax, and get a good workout? Rent a paddle boat and glide across the shores of the river Vie. We were warned in advance that paddling presents some special dangers that every participant in the sport should be aware of. These include; entrapments, broaches, strainers and low-head dams or...more
When we arrived in Apremont we had one main goal, which was to visit the beautiful Chateau d’Apremont. We had no knowledge of any other interesting sites to explore in the village itself or surroundings. But at the time we arrived at this picturesque village we immediately spotted the paddle boats at the banks of the river Vie. By that time we...more