The artist’z little train

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Welcome to Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, geocachers! Have you heard of its famous tourist train, the "P'tit Train"? This iconic boneshaker was built in 1963 and remains the only tourist railway on the island. Crossing the south of Oléron diagonally, it goes through the national forest, along the Bay of Gatseau, and finally ends up on Maumusson beach, the most unspoilt beach.

Hi, friendz! Since you're here, you can give me a hand. The town put me in charge of devising a new itinerary for the Little Train of Saint-Trojan... A creative one!

Park at the Tourist Office car park N 45°50.667' / W 001°12.537' then walk along the dock to the right of the harbour, towards the first stop.

Painters' inspiration village (N45° 50.763' / W001° 12.436')

What do you think about this place as a starting point for our itinerary? Since 2009, painters, sculptors and designers have set up their galleries at the oyster harbour. All these colours are ideal for creating a seaside vibe!

Artists have replaced oyster farmers in the colourful wooden cabins. But some of them are still used for selling their oyster hampers.

By car! Next stop, the Atlantic and its direct view of the Oléron island bridge!

Of the six cabins mentioned on the sign, which is not located nearby?
Note its place on the list (L’épinette=1, Mangin Pallas=2, etc.).

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of A : A =_____

Continue along quai Anthony Dubois.

Bridge over the ocean (N45° 50.756' / W001° 12.211')

Dear travellers, hello. This is the skipper Zouti talking to you here. On your left, you can admire the Oléron island bridge, inaugurated in 1966. Before it was built, there were a number of plans for connecting the island to the mainland. Builders had imagined a tunnel under the sea, and even a cable car!

I think the craziest idea is the one from 1913! Architects at the time proposed to build a metal and concrete bridge, with a hotel over 140 metres tall on top! On top of the hotel would be a lighthouse visible from 40 km away.

Look at the grace and lightness of this curve. It almost looks like it's flying above the water! The bridge fits in perfectly with the Little Train's artistic itinerary. We'll make it our first stop!

The outline of a fort can be seen between the piles of the bridge. Which fort is it?
1- Fort Boyard
2- Fort Enet
3- Fort Louvois
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of B : B =_____

Oysters! (N45° 50.507' / W001° 12.199')

Let's continue the walk towards the seaside villas. Our creative route absolutely has to include these splendid houses... They're a delight!

Hello, gourmets! Is there room for me in the carriage? I'm just coming back from the oyster beds, with hampers to drop off at Saint-Trojan harbour.

Of course, Zéfaim, climb on board! The terminal is over there.

Thank you Zart. Did you know oysters are a highlight of our local gastronomy? When the tide goes out, you can see the oyster beds in the sea. They are long tables on which the oyster bags are placed. What's more, Marennes-Oléron is the number one oyster-growing area in Europe.

There's a lot of skill involved! Here, the shellfish are reared in the middle of the sea for four years, then put to mature in "claires". These are old salt ponds where fresh water and salt water meet... On contact with this water and a kind of microscopic algae that breeds there, the oyster develops its refined flavours and distinctive colour.

In front of you is the "sandy silt" foreshore. A wide expanse where you can find mussels, scallops and clams.
Which crustacean, located beneath your feet, has nothing to do here?
Count the letters in this name, starting with "C" then add 1. 

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of C : C =_____

The seaside villas (N45° 50.028' / W001° 11.937')

With the advent of the railway line and the first maritime connections by steam boat, the town became one of the most sought-after seaside resorts on the island. Saint-Trojan-les-Bains was born!

Zabeth ? What's that outfit all about... Is it Mardi Gras?!

You may laugh, but at the turn of the 20th century, this was a typical outfit for bathing in the sea. The ensemble includes trousers, a tunic, a belt, a small cape, slippers, a bathrobe and a hat so as not to be "bare-headed".

The decorations on the villas, near the Monterey cypress, are great examples of period elegance. With the influx of bathers, the beaches were soon busy. So the owners built houses with more than one storey, to provide an unobstructed view of the ocean.

Look at the four villas. Which of these statements is false?
1- There are bricks in all four villas
2- All villas have a colourful rose ornament
3- One villa is named after a wind
4- Two façades are made from rubble stone (irregularly shaped stones)
Note the number of the wrong answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of D : D =_____

Take avenue Henri Massé, located just before the villas. Go up this road then turn right onto rue de l’Hermitage.

Primary colours (N45° 50.100' / W001° 12.102')

Great, our artistic itinerary is taking shape. I suggest that the little train also goes along this street, to admire other houses. In Saint-Trojan, the architecture of the villas reflects different regionalist inspirations. Here, the "Basque" and "Anglo-Norman" styles are very much in evidence.

These homes were built by the aristocrats and rich bourgeoisie. They had to reflect their owner's social status. In those days, houses of this type kept cropping up, some even before the streets were planned out! So each one was given a name, to enable the postman to deliver the mail...

Find the Bocage villa. What colour is obtained by mixing the colour of the four flowers surrounding its name with that of the flower under the first floor window?
1- Green
2- Yellow
3- Orange
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of E : E =_____

Turn onto rue Pierre Loti, the first street on the left, then turn left again at N 45°50.319' / W 001°12.262'.

Art Déco (N45° 50.320' / W001° 12.322')

Our little train's route has to go by the casino, an example of Art Deco architecture! It was built in 1930 to house a concert hall, then a cinema. It only became a casino in 2016.

How many triangles can you see on the Casino frieze?

Write this number down. It is the equivalent of F : F =_____

Cross the road then take the steps at N 45°50.346' / W 001°12.388'. Continue on la rue du Souvenir Français then turn right onto rue Camille Samson. Take rue de Maumusson. At spot N 45°50.477' / W 001°12.449', turn left towards Cité de la Liberté.

Azure blue (N45° 50.478' / W001° 12.447')

Why did we turn onto this street? This street's a bit narrow to get a train along here...

It's a tight bend, but it'll fit! I wanted to show you these traditional Oléron houses. The colours used have their own history! The blue or green shutters were coated with paint left over from painting fishing boats. Sailors said these two colours were the most visible at sea.

The houses' walls were also whitewashed. A layer of tar was spread on the bottom of the façades, in order to protect them from infiltration. This product was called "coaltar"! Navigators also used it on their hulls...

Find the villa and note its name. What is the position of this "figure" in a traditional card game (if Ace = 1, Jack = 11, etc.)?

Write this number down. It is the equivalent of G : G =_____

Prenez la direction de l’église puis suivez la rue de la République. Au N 45°50.572' / W 001°12.597', tournez à droite dans la rue des jardins et traversez le parking.

The fish-man (N45° 50.689' / W001° 12.554')

Those coloured signs were a great idea, Zouti! They will line the Little Train's new route and add a colourful touch to the journey. For the last few stops on our route, I suggest giving pride of place to sculptors!

That's a funny-looking statue...

Find the "fish-man" statue not far from the Tourist Office.
Among these objects, which does he not hold in his hands?
1- A fishing net
2- A trident
3- An anchor
Note the number of your answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of H : H =_____

Walk along the port on the left-hand side.

The cache!

All change! Isn't this the ideal terminal for the Little Train of the Artistz?

Be careful, the cache is fragile.

« Attention geocaching friends ! No need to lift rocks, pick walls apart, or uproot plants... the cache is most likely there, right before your eyes! Remember that your quest must remain environmentally friendly ! Thank-you ! »

If your answers are all correct, the cache’s GPS coordinates will be green on the app. Click on “locate the cache” then let the app guide you!

Cache coordinates: N45°50.8(A)(B+D+H+2)' / W001°12.(E+2)(F-C)'
 The mystery word is written in the log book, inside the container

Well done, you have found the cache!
See you soon for more adventures!

Contact :

Bureau d’Accueil de Saint Trojan les Bains
Carrefour du Port
05 46 76 00 86

Terr'Aventurers' comments

27 jan 2022

Elisa Belliard has found the cache

Victoire nous avons bravé le froid ! MPLC

26 jan 2022

Isama1746 has found the cache

belle balade dans la brume, les indications ne correspondent pas toujours au terrain.

23 jan 2022

JULIEN987 has found the cache

belle promenade !

23 jan 2022

jujmleo has found the cache

trouver par temp tres froid

23 jan 2022

ClaireApo has found the cache

jolie découverte de saint Trojan par un beau soleil d'hiver ! merci !

23 jan 2022

BADGE has found the cache

Belle balade avec toutefois un manque d'énigmes

23 jan 2022

magalie sansouci has found the cache

merci pour cette jolie ballade!!

23 jan 2022

Les blondinett… has found the cache

super parcours et belle promenade au bord de mer...

23 jan 2022

TANCHAUD JEAN-… has found the cache

super balade, mais un peu froid!🥶

23 jan 2022

Sasseek has found the cache

très belle promenade ❤️👍