Moret-sur-Loing

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GlobalKidsTravel
Chicago, IL139 contributions
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If you are going to visit Fontainebleau, you have to stop by Moret-sur-Loing! It is only 15 minutes away by car or train and it is full of history and medieval charm. To best enjoy this little town, grab a map at the visitor center (on rue Grande, next to City Hall). It will highlight all the key landmarks and historical events. If you plan ahead and contact them beforehand, they can even arrange for a local guide to show you around. Among many interesting stories, Napoleon spent a night at City Hall in 1815 (an inn back then) on his return from Elba, not long before abdicating for good and being sent to Sainte Helena. When you go up the street on the Porte de Samois, you will see a canon ball. That's a remnant of the Napoleonic war when Austrian and Russian troupes marched on Paris. Opposite to City Hall, next to the Post Office is a former convent where Louis XIV sent his alleged illegitimate daughter, her identity is still one of France's greatest mysteries. You will not want to miss Moret's imposing cathedral dating back to the 12th century. Its organ is one of the oldest in France. In the corner house next to the cathedral, you can buy the famous "sucre d'orge" (barley sugar candy) made here since 1638. It is the oldest candy in France! The Moret Castle is a tall medieval tower used by the Kings of France for 3 centuries. Unfortunately it can only be visited a few times a year as it is privately owned. That said, it is where Louis XIV's Finance Minister, Nicolas Fouquet, was made prisoner and kept by d'Artagnan one of the musketeers. Talking about Fouquet, if you have time, go visit his castle in Vaux-le-Vicomte. It was deemed more beautiful than Versailles making the king jealous and leading to Fouquet's demise. Near the Moret Castle (or Donjon as it is now called), you will find Alfred Sisley's house on Rue Montmartre. He was one of the greatest Impressionists and painted most of his master pieces in Moret. It is amazing how quickly you will recognize each paintings as you stroll down the streets of Moret. Nothing has changed! Take time to grab a picnic or ice cream from one of the local stores and enjoy a walk along the river and the ramparts surrounding the city. Don't forget to go on the large field across the river using the 12th century arched bridge. You will get the best view of the city! Another fun way to visit Moret is by bike. There is a place than rents them near downtown. It is a good way to discover the canal and Saint Mammes where Sisley often painted. Another fun activity is to come on market days (Tuesday or Friday mornings 8AM to 1PM). It is not huge but it is a typical French market where you can buy fresh local produce. If you are up for a more active adventure, there are a few companies that rent canoes along the Loing river. It's very relaxing and a great way to take in the landscape and beauty of this area!
Written April 21, 2016
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MZTParis
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Moret-sur-Loing – Moret on the Loing - is indeed worth a visit, and if you have been there, a return visit.

As it was in this town where the English Impressionist artist, Alfred Sisley, lived, painted and died, aged 59 in 1899, the town is very much centred around art and artists, and you will see many a man or woman standing at an easel painting.

But you need not be in search of some artistic stimulation to visit Moret, as the town is altogether a delight.

The streets, not one of them burdened by traffic jams, not even the main street ‘Grand Rue’, are lined with boutiques and restaurants and small family-owned food shops where you will be able to buy the most delicious cheeses, great bottles of wine, and the most fantastically fresh pastries – cream cakes for example – bread rolls or baguette sandwiches.

The church, just off Grande Rue, is certainly worth a visit. It is the Église de Notre-Dame and it was built between the 12th and 15th centuries and it was consecrated by Thomas Becket.

I do however think that the most beautiful building is the town hall which dates from 1527. It is on Place Samois - Square Samois - Grande Rue running into the square.

If by now you will feel like a drink or a snack there are several small bistros and restaurants, where, should the weather be kind, you will be able to sit on a terrace.

If you continue walking along Grande Rue and pass underneath the stone tower at the end of the street, you will be on Sisley’s bridge: I mean the bridge on one of Sisley’s famous paintings.

There are footpaths leading from both sides of the bridge, but take one leading to the left and you will find yourself alongside the River Loing.

Keep on walking and after about ten minutes, you will reach a small very picturesque river port.

Sit down anywhere on the grass alongside the river, and if you like to picnic there is no law here that will forbid you to do so. Therefore, if you like picnicking, buy something to nibble in one of Grande Rue’s shops. You can even open a bottle of wine, and no one will think bad of you.

There is one only museum in Moret. This is the barley sugar museum: no it is not made of barley sugar, but it is about barley sugar. It is unfortunately open only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – and in the afternoons only. It has the reputation of being the smallest museum France.

Moret is south-west of Paris. To be exact it is 79 kms (49 miles) from Paris, and the town straddles the 42 km (88 miles) long Loing, a tributary of the River Seine.

It is easy to reach.

This is how you get there: you take a train from Paris’s Gare de Lyon railroad station.

You need the train which goes in the direction of the towns of Fontainebleau and Melun.

There is a train about every half an hour and it will take you about an hour to reach Moret.

Descend at Moret-Veneux-les-Sablons station, and as the name will tell you, the station serves two towns, and as the station is in Veneux-les-Sablons, you would have to walk to Moret.

Therefore on exiting the station, walk to your right and after about 20 minutes you will be in Moret.

The locals are friendly, and should they see you are a little unsure of which direction to walk, one will stop forward and offer assistance.
Written May 12, 2017
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Patricia W
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Moret sur Loing, just south of Fontainebleau, is only 50 minutes by train from the Gare de Lyon, Paris. Get either the train going in the direction of Montargis or Laroche Migennes. The train journey costs if you have a Navigo Pass, costing approximately 23 euros for a week's unlimited travel by metro, RER, bus and trains throughout the Ile de France, including travel to and from Charles de Gaulle airport. Bargain!

From the Moret sur Loing/Veneux les Sablons station, walk down the beautiful tree-lined avenue to the Tourist Office and get a map and some information about what to see. This village has seen a lot of history over the centuries. Check out its significant sites or just enjoy exploring the quaint, picturesque streets or from the bridge, watch the anglers fishing in the river Loing. Little wonder Sisley was so inspired to paint various views of this charming village and the surrounding countryside!

If possible, have lunch in Le Refuge, 8, rue de L'Eglise. This restaurant offers excellent cuisine at a very competitive price.

After lunch, if time allows, maybe walk to St Mammes, another small neighbouring village which in the past was an important river port. To reach St Mammes cross the Moret bridge and walk along the pavement on the left hand side until you come to a bend in the road. Then go down some steps, again on the left, and walk along by the river. It's an easy walk, very picturesque and much needed after a substantial lunch!
Written July 23, 2019
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GiovanniAquila
Guildford, UK93 contributions
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For many years my wife had been keen on seeing the view that her father painted on one of his frequent visits to France.
Less than an hour outside Paris is the delightful town of Moret-sur-Loing, (art) historically famous as the home of Sisley for many years. We found it - the quest realised.
But the own itself is a delight. Not festooned with tourist trappings but just a nice place to go and visit away from the turmoil of the city!
Plenty of eateries catering for snacking and traditional French cuisine at very reasonable cost. The statin is still in Zone 5 so not expensive to get there. Go on go for a chilled day out.
Written May 13, 2017
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rob_gaspari
Oslo, Norway85 contributions
The view fron outside the city walls is really lovely.
The town is romantic, well preserved and really really nice.
Also it has a long art tradition with impressionistes.
A must go place.
Written September 12, 2019
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EllenandRichard55
Nottingham, United Kingdom105 contributions
Couples
Moret -sur-Loing has got to be one of the most beautiful, picturesque places that we have ever visited. Relax by the river or take a walk around the town. Breathtaking!
Written June 5, 2019
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ShaneABurke
Melbourne, Australia975 contributions
Family
Historic town you enter over stone bridge through fortified gates. We parked in town and spent morning walking, sampling pastries, eating awarding-winning croissants from a local bakery, buying cheese from an artisan fromager and picking up some wine from this great shop in the main road. Relaxing walk along river interrupted by a pair of territorial geese. All apart of the fun.
Written December 21, 2017
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AnnieM452
Burton upon Trent, UK814 contributions
Couples
This is a very picturesque French village near Fontainebleau - about 10k away. There's a helpful tourist office and you can park for free on the streets.There are 2 fabulous town gates which mark either ends of the 300m long Main Street. The Notre Dame Church dates from the 12th century and as is quite usual in French towns, is larger than you'd expect.The organ inside is one of the three remaining of the Renaissance period. Outside is the House of Good Saint James where the nuns originally made their barley sugar. What really makes this village though is the view from the bridges where you can see the River Loing before it joins the Seine further downstream.Words can not do it justice it is so pretty!
The village also has links to Alfred Sisley, the Impressionist painter who spend the last years of his life here and his grace is the the cemetery.
Visit this pretty little village - there are ice cream parlours and the usual coffee shops and creperies but above all, visit for the tranquillity of the river setting.
Written August 21, 2015
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tofrek1885
Shrewsbury, UK120 contributions
Moret is one of my favourite towns.
A walled mediaeval frontier town with original gateways, the views of it from and around the river, the bridge and the mill streams are really beautiful.
It is a pleasant place just to wander around and take in some of its historic buildings (like the church) and while it is not grand on the scale of some better-known "tourist town" it is well worth a stroll through (with coffee to follow!) if you are near.
Written December 25, 2019
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joumana s
Beirut, Lebanon345 contributions
Family
This place is to be visited because it is sooo beautiful and calm. You will then visit the church. Next to the church there is a small shop where you can buy marmalade and candies etc,,,,sooo unusual things and so tasty.
Written April 2, 2018
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