"Medieval town in the Ile de France" Moret-sur-Loing by Dabs
Moret-sur-Loing Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 70 photos
Finding ourselves with a little spare time after visiting the chateau at Fontainebleau, we picked up a guide to the area at the local tourism office and thought Moret-sur-Loing sounded interesting.
The charming medieval town sits on the banks of the Loing River, "sur-Loing" means on the Loing. The bridge, town gates and other remnants of the walls date to the middle ages when towns needed protection from invasion. During the Renaissance period Henri IV kept his mistress here in the keep, in 1664 the keep was turned into a prison and Nicolas Fouquet, the owner of the fabulous chateau at Vaux le Vicomte, was held here. He was escorted to Moret-sur-Loing by the musketeers including d'Artagnan who was made famous by Alexander Dumas in "The Three Musketeers".
Of course towns trying to draw in tourists will draw upon famous people to establish it's worthiness as a tourist destination, in 1815 Napoleon I was returning from exile on the island of Elba and stopped at a lodge opposite the town hall, there's a commemorative plaque on this building at 24 rue Grande, the main road between the two gates.
Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley had a real connection to the town, he lived here from 1889 until his death in 1899. There are several points of interest in connection to Sisley, a house where he lived, a museum and the cemetery where he is buried.
One of the things the tourism staff mentioned that we had to try was the famous barley sugar candies that are produced... more travel advice
Alfred Sisley spent the last 10 years of his life, from 1889-1899, in Moret Sur Loing. He died here from cancer in 1899,... more travel advice
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