l'Auberge aux Noyés - 2
Exact position
This is a copy of a ordnance map provided by mister Claude Menguy, well known authority on the work of Georges Simenon.
It shows the exact location of the Inn. L'Auberge is situated 300 m (328 yd.) to the south of the intersection of the N7 and the road to the hamlet of Glandelles.
This is at 6,8 km (4.2 mi.) from the center of Nemours.

According to the novel the position of the accident must be 700 m (765 yd.) north of the Inn. This spot however does not fulfill the stipulations specified in the story.
Most importantly, the edge of the river Loing is too far off the side of the road to push the car into the river by the collision.

The only location where the river is close enough to the road and where the canal runs right next
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along the river is a spot 100 m (109 yd.) south of the crossing of the N7 with the road to Portonville. This location is 1,2 km (0.75 mi.)north of the Inn. So at about 5,6 km (3.5 mi.) south of Nemours. This is the nearest point north of the inn that corresponds with all the indication in the story.
Consequently this is most likely site of the accident.
La nuit du
Au Poisson Doré
La guinguette
à deux sous
As usual the Auberge aux Noyés (Inn of the Drowned) was not a fabrication of Simenon. The Inn really existed. According to the novel the real name was l'Auberge aux Pêcheurs, The Fisherman's Inn. Actually it was called Auberge du Poisson Doré. Translated literally in English this means "Inn of the Gilded Fish", which refers to a fish that looks gold-coloured after frying.
The inn has not been in exploitation since a good many years.
L' inspecteur
Les larmes
de bougie
Vente à la
La maison
du juge
Mon ami
Maigret à
The Canal du Loing in paintings
The Canal du Loing is no longer in use for commercial shipping. It is too narrow for modern barges. To-day it is navigated extensively by pleasure crafts. Its beautiful surroundings are not only a tourist-attraction but were also a source of inspiration for a famous artist.
The English painter Alfred Sisley (1839 - 1899) was one of the important representatives of French Impressionism. He lived in France (Moret-sur-Loing). His work is characterized by a restrained poetic sensitiveness. He is well-known for his paintings of analogous subjects on different points in time or in different seasons.
l'Auberge aux
Noyés - 1
l'Auberge aux
Noyés - 2
Le notaire de
M.Gallet, décédé
Le charretier de
"La Providence"
Chez les
to mister Claude Menguy for his kind co-operation in finding the information for this story-analysis and his permission to use some photos from his private collection on the webSite.
From top to bottom:
- Map IGN (Institut de Géographie Nationale) - France. Adaptation: G. de Croock
- Photo: Auberge au Poisson Doré by Claude Menguy
- Paintings by A. Sisley, several sources.
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M.Gallet, décédé - 1, - 2, - 3
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Chez les Flamands - 1, - 2