Fellow bargees from New Zealand, that we have met since arriving in France, are wintering in the delightful village of Moret sur Loing. This picturesque village inspired painters such as Monet, Renoir and Sisley. The town is also known for its barley sugar, apparently a secret recipe developed by the benedictine nuns in the 16th century. Needless to say these days that connection is exploited for the tourism industry.
We had a delightful lunch in a very old restaurant/bar just outside the old town walls. It was obviously a popular spot with many locals eating here as well - but then that could have been because there weren't too many other places open!!
On our journey back to Paris we decided to take a slight detour into Fontainebleau and visit the gardens next to the chateau. This gave us a different view from the usual.
The little mermaid gives an indication of water levels on the Oise River. If she is no longer visible then the island (visible in the photo behind the mermaid) and the Place de Patis will flood. This has happened several times in the last 20 years.