Friday, March 23, 2018


This is that narrow "street" that we walked along that separates the Lapalisse castle wall and the town below it. The house on the left actually had a little "back yard" space between it and the street, and on the day we were there, the occupants' laundry was hanging out to dry.

Here's where we turned back and retraced our steps back up the hill toward the castle.

It was a good day to hang out clothes with mostly sunny skies and dry air. I'm sure that laundry has been hung out to dry since before the days when the castle was built. But they probably didn't use colorful plastic clothespins.


  1. For a reason unknown to me — and just as it happens with Chenonceau(x) — the name of the château in Lapalisse in spelled differently from that of the town in which it sits. Here the name of the château is La Palice! :-) What name came first, probably La Palice, the name of those people who built the original chateau before the area was really settled and became a town.

  2. This caused me to look up images of medieval clothes "pegs."

  3. chm, I think what I read confirms that La Palice came first. But then, I wonder, where does La Palice come from? ;)

    mitch, were any painted in vibrant colors? Or were they brown, brown, and brown?

    1. All brown wood, brown wood, brown wood. But I think that was simply because their colorful plastic coatings had worn off over the centuries.


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