Lan and Jane 'do' Western Europe travel blog

We had a free morning to start the day and the truly charming village of Moret to explore. It is located around an ancient mill and boasts medieval gates and cobble-stoned streets. The riverside was dotted with grand chateau and small canal boats, and the autumn colours and lovely sunny weather created an idyllic setting. Busy Paris is but a short commute from here, yet we are in the most serene and beautiful of places.

We wandered the streets and visited the mill, which is built around a series of waterfalls, making for a picturesque scene. We also stopped for our customary espresso and thé noir.

All around the town are numerous boards dedicated to Alfred Sisley, the noted Post- Impressionist painter, who lived here for some years and drew inspiration for many of his most famous paintings from the numerous scenic spots around town.

At midday, we all saddled up and rode the 10 kilometres to the Poterie de La Genevraye in the small village of Cugny. The atelier is actually a colony for a number of artists, and the owner was waiting for us at 1 pm. After lunching in a local park, we spent an hour looking at the works in the pottery and sitting in the backyard where Jane was the chosen one for a very cute kitten. After leaping about and chasing shadows, he jumped into Jane’s lap for a cuddle and a little rest.

We then rode back to the Elodie. Jane spent a quiet few hours catching up, while Lan went for a walk along the shores of the Loing. Just up from where the Elodie was moored were a series of old rusted derelict boats, apparently waiting to be auctioned off for scrap parts. By contrast, in between the junkyard hulks were some lovely houseboats, so permanent that they had their own mail boxes and gardens on the adjacent shore.

Yet another sumptuous dinner awaited us, of warm goat's cheese with maple syrup sauce on salad, veal with roasted celeriac and stir fried Chinese cabbage, and pannacotta with a salted caramel sauce.

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