It snowed here in the Saint-Aignan area overnight. It seems to be a wet snow, and the temperature is not below freezing. We are lucky that we didn't have bad weather like this two weeks ago, when we were exploring the Bourbonnais region.
We were in Lapalisse on a Tuesday afternoon. The sun was shining, though the breeze was not particularly warm.
The streets up around the château were empty of pedestrians. The château itself was closed for the season, with re-opening for guided tours scheduled, I believe, for April.
We had spent the morning in the car, and had eaten a picnic lunch at a little roadside park with tables for people like us. Tasha had been well-behaved all day.
So it was nice to be able to get out of the car and walk around the town, taking pictures of the sights we were seeing.
I found Lapalisse picturesque — slightly down at the heels, but not dingy or depressing. Judge for yourself.