Nestled on the Loing River in the Île-de-France region of France, Moret-sur-Loing has long been renowned for it’s medieval buildings and its stunning river vistas. Founded sometime before 850 C.E., the village however is best known as a favorite painting locale for such Impressionist Masters as Sisley, Loiseau, and Lavieille.
Walking into the village, one must enter through the village gate, which was once part of the defensive walls that at one time surrounded Moret-sur-Loing. After one passes through this gate, the city then unfolds gently before them. Building after building and street after street transport the visitor into the days of ole’, when chivalrous knights rode throughout the countryside on horses and beautiful maidens entranced their male audience with a simple smile and glimpse. “The Spirit of the Middle Ages” is still alive and well in this ancient French village through it’s many Gothic and Renaissance houses and squares.
Once one strolls through the village, they arrive at a stunning stone bridge which has been crossing the Loing River since the 12th Century. The same vistas from the river of Moret-sur-Loing enjoyed by the visitor are the same views adored and captured in the paintings of numerous Impressionist Masters of the late 19th Century. One can almost see Sisley with his field kit painting one of his masterpieces under an umbrella as he pauses and takes in the gorgeous views of this quaint and picturesque village. These same vistas still beckon to the visitor and one almost wants to grab a canvas, paints, and brushes to capture these beautiful views on display for oneself.
All in all, the close proximity of Moret-sur-Loing to Paris allow the tourist to escape the hustle and bustle of the capitol and breathe in and experience the unique and historically rich ambiance which this stunning village has to offer.