The surroundings

Grez-sur-Loing is a village with a population of about 1,400 situated approximately 70 kilometres south of Paris and 9 kilometres south of Fontainebleau. The central part with its meandering streets and enclosed areas looks the same as it did over 100 years ago. The village is off the beaten track, built on the river that runs leisurely underneath the imposing leafy trees. The narrow streets with their old houses and neat gardens have a calm and pleasant atmosphere of bucolic peace. The old arch bridge and ancient tower ruin are two landmarks.

Fontainebleau, situated in the state-owned Fontainebleau forest, dominates the area (population about 20,000) with its world-famous castle and magnificent Renaissance gardens that are only surpassed by Versailles and the Tuileries. The palace is now a state-owned museum featured on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

Smaller communities near Fontainebleau include Barbizon, Grez-sur-Loing, Avon, Moret-sur-Loing, Nemours, etc, each with its own history and special character. Many were, and still are, popular with poets, musicians and artists. For more information, please visit