Moret-sur-Loing

Wanderlust moored in Moret-sur-Loing.

Wanderlust moored in Moret-sur-Loing.

Leaving the River Yonne at Montereau-sur-Yonne we headed a short distance down the Seine until we reached the confluence with the Loing River in Saint-Mammès. As we turned up the Loing we formally started on the Bourbonnais Route. The Bourbonnais Route consists of four canals, the Canal du Loing, the Canal de Briare, the Canal lateral a la Loire, and the Canal du Centre. This route would ultimately take us to the Saône River.

Before we entered onto the canals we stopped for a week in the village of Moret-sur-Loing. Describing Moret-sur-Loing as picturesque may seem like a cliché. But in reality, Moret is actually “suitable for a painting” as the definition of picturesque says. The Impressionist painters Monet, Renoir and particularly Sisley have found inspiration in the village. Looking back at Sisley’s paintings of Moret, it appears that not much has changed since his death there in 1899. It is today much as was in the 19th Century.

A quiet street in Moret-sur-Loing

A quiet street in Moret-sur-Loing

Picturesque Moret served as a distraction from the problems on board Wanderlust. We had discovered that the source of the under floor floods that had been plaguing us; the liquid in the bilge was coming from the guest toilet. After an invasive under floor excursion, a local plumber discovered the source of the problem–a sewer pipe joint between the toilet and Wanderlust’s black tank had not been cemented during manufacture. When the guest toilet flushed all of the “liquid” was going directly into the bilge. The plumber fixed the joint and for a while it seemed like most of the problems on board Wanderlust were behind us. Unfortunately, that did not turn out to be the case.

A commercial heads to the Seine.

A commercial heads to the Seine.

(Wanderlust arrived in Moret-sur-Loing on the April 23, 2015.)

A kayaker plays in the weir at Moret-sur-Loing.

A kayaker plays in the weir at Moret-sur-Loing.

Beautiful Moret

Beautiful Moret

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10 thoughts on “Moret-sur-Loing

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  2. Let’s try for seventh time lucky (I’m now keeping a copy before I post!).

    Great photos as ever, and the link to Sisley especially – it subtly altered my views about HDR.

    While before I was a bit of a realist about HDR treatment when you look at his work, it is vibrant and interpretive. So, while using HDR technology to better represent difficult lighting conditions, realistically is one use, equally valid (I now think) is emphasis and enhancement to give an artistic interpretation. Your mill photo is wonderful, and I spent some time going through the 700 odd Sisley’s to see if he painted it. Did you? A worthwhile exercise, and finally found it at http://www.alfredsisley.org/Provencher's-Mill-at-Moret-1883.html .

    On the subject of HDR, I’ve just started using Aurora-HDR (http://aurorahdr.com), and if you have a Mac, it might be worth checking out. Photoshop is not part of my workflow, couldn’t afford it in the past, and too lazy to learn at the moment, so the extra layer and masking features in Aurora give me a much more powerful tool compared to HDR Expose 3 I was using previously.

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