One of the things the tourism staff mentioned that we had to try was the famous barley sugar candies that are produced in Moret-sur-Loing. We stopped by the store she directed us to and we tried a sample the sugar candy, I didn't really think it was all that special and a little tiny amount of it was expensive although it did come in a pretty tin. The recipe dates back to 1638, created by the Benedictine nuns. If you have an interest in how it is made, there is the Musee du Sucre d'Orge (Barley Sugar Museum) in town.
Alfred Sisley spent the last 10 years of his life, from 1889-1899, in Moret Sur Loing. He died here from cancer in 1899, in poverty, not yet famous for his impressionist paintings. Moret sur Loing is a treasure trove of picturesque spots for an impressionist to paint, it's one of the most darling towns I've ever seen. He created over 400 paintings here of the Loing River and the medieval town, we saw one of them at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, I knew it was a Sisley and the it was set in Moret-sur-Ling even before I read the card.
There is a bust to commemorate the artist near the tourist office and I think we passed by a museum although it was closed by the time we got to town. The map shows that he is buried in the cemetery outside of the center of town and his house is still standing at 9 rue du Donjon.
We were seated on a bench in front of the Terrace of our Inn (See Our Tips) looking out over the Loing at the Pre de Pin, when suddenly a tour bus arrived there and disgorged two dozen well-dressed Japanese, each carrying collapsible stools ,pads or boards and paint sets. Before you could recite a haiku they wer each busy at work painting and sketching. After two hours, they were through and whisked away. After if Sisley could paint fast, why couldn't they? Did one of them buy a van Gogh at Sotheby's?. Times were much better in Japan back then.
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