Poi’z Tour : from Montparnasse to the Louvre

Zabeth - History and monuments

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Paris
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This itinerary will lead you through parks, squares and other public gardens. Their opening hours may vary according to the season (and the sanitary situation). They usually close at sunset so please take this into account when planning your adventure!

So the rumour was true ! The Poï’z’s reputation has made it all the way up to the capital! I even heard that some of our Parisian friend’z were ready to hop onto the next train for Tèrra Aventura land! But becoming a bona fide Terr’Adventurer requires training! Both psychological and physical… it’s not as simple as some might imagine…»

Would you quit trying to scare our friend’z, Zépapeur ? Dear Aventura candidates, good morning! Our friend’z the Poï'z have decided to give you a foretaste of Tèrra Aventura, Europe’s largest treasure hunt, right here in Paris! Two initiatory journey’z in the footsteps of illustrious Neo-Aquitans who marked the history of Paris, will take you to discover the city like you’ve never seen it before! Are you ready to try the adventure?

Follow the directions given to you by the Poï'z! These odd one-footed creatures were discovered for the first time in Nouvelle-Aquitaine 10 year’z ago! Each Poï'z has its own speciality, and each speciality has its own Poï'z! Be discrete, attentive, and allow yourself to be guided! But beware of the BadPoï'z: don't fall into their traps, they will only try to slow you down!

The odd one’z out ! (N48° 50.491' / E2° 19.285')

I could have sworn the station was right here, but it looks like someone has moved it Imagine that! Moving a station!

Actually Zabeth, the station was torn down then rebuilt a little further away from its original location, in 1969. The tower of Montparnasse took its place right over there! (pointing to the tower)

Oh… a tower! Well, I hope they aren’t planning on moving the station ever again!

I think our terr’adventurer friend’z are getting impatient Zabeth. Can we get started ?

Oh, of course, here is your first question. From the station forecourt (on the « Rue du Départ » side), have a careful look at the facade, and more specifically, at the eastern pillar N 48°50.469' / E 02°19.262' : there are twelve names of cities located in Southwest France. How many of these cities are not located in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region?

 


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

Leave the station and follow boulevard Edgar Quinet to get to the next step.

Montparnasse cemetery (N48° 50.399' / E2° 19.656')

Many famous writer’z are buried here : Baudelaire, Maupassant, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir…

It is also one of the largest green areas in Paris: nearly 19 hectares, with more than 1.200 trees...

Many Nouvelle-Aquitaine celebrities are buried here ! Including a famous French president ! If the cemetery is open, you’ll find the answer right here N 48°50.282' / E 2°19.579'

Count the letters in his last name. It begins and ends with a C!


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

Go back to follow boulevard Edgar Quinet, then cross the street to follow boulevard Raspail on your right, to get to the next step.

The ___ Foundation … (N48° 50.237' / E2° 19.890')

Such a lovely wild garden, isn't it? Hey wait… It's actually a work of art! Lothar Baumgarten's "Theatrum Botanicum", a lifesize green setting that encircles a building dedicated to contemporary art...

(excited) Oh look! A goldcrest ! And a Martagon lily!

It was the famous architect Jean Nouvel, born in the Lot-et-Garonne area in 1945 who built the edifice in 1994. Nowaday’z, this foundation promotes artistic creation in many field’z: painting, sculpture, music, etc…

And Garden Art too, apparently ! I’ll have to give it a try! Now friend’z, see if you can find the name of this foundation ! Count the letters in the surname.


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

Go back a few steps then turn right into rue Boissonade towards the Jardin du Luxembourg. At the end of the street, take boulevard du Montparnasse, then avenue de l’observatoire on your left, until you reach jardin des grands explorateurs N 48°50.451' / E 2°20.211'. Cross the park to get to the next step, while enjoying the lovely view of the Sacré-Cœur in the background!

Wow ! It’s amazing how much sacré Coeur looks like Saint Front Cathedral in Périgueux! Don’t you agree ? Oh wait… how silly of me ! You don’t know our beautiful region yet ! Paul Abadie, the diocesan architect of Périgueux, was inspired by the cathedral back in Périgueux: he won a competition in 1873 and began working on the Sacré Coeur Basilica in 1875. Unfortunately, he died in 1884 before the work was completed.

Marie’s apples… (N48° 50.676' / E2° 20.009')

Oh look, an orchard ! (biting into an apple) CRUNCH!

Not so fast, mate ! These are old apple varieties that belonged to my good friend Marie de Medici, the wife of Henry the 2nd ! We are in her garden, so to speak !

At least 300 varieties of apple tree’z growing right here in the heart of Paris… that’s amazing !

379 varieties of apple’z, and 247 of pear’z, to be precise! It has been a conservatory orchard since 1991. The garden even has an apiary, essential to tree pollination, but I suppose you already knew that, my dear Zarthus.

I’m sure I’ll find a few emblematic varieties from Nouvelle-Aquitaine here…

That, my friend, is what the next riddle is all about ! Find the name of the former sovereign principality where Henry IV was born. There is an apple variety dedicated to this area whose name begins with a B and ends with an N. Count the letters in this word.


Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of D : D =_____
Hint
Look at the names of the fruit trees around you (on the plates). The answer is right there !

Continue your stroll through the gardens, until you reach Palais du Luxembourg, which is now home to the French Senate, then leave the gardens and walk past the Fontaine de Médicis N 48°50.882' / E 2°20.312'.

 

Did I ever tell you about my close friendship with Marie de Medici? After her husband Henry IV died, she decided to leave her palace at the Louvre and move to a residence more to her liking. That is why she had the Palais du Luxembourg built, in a Florentine style, a nostalgic reminder of her childhood and her Italian origin’z! She also had a fountain built, the now famous Medici Fountain, with its 14-metre high and 12-metre-wide façade.

Enter the saint Sulpice district, walk along Saint-Germain covered market and head towards the « rues de la soif » (streets lined with bars and cafés).

Feathered delicacy (N48° 51.111' / E2° 20.025')

We are halfway through our Parisian journey: it’s time for a break! And this district, where expatriates from Nouvelle-Aquitaine and rugby fan’z like to meet on match days, is a perfect spot for a drink, or a meal!

Why rugby fan’z ?

Rugby is an emblematic Nouvelle-Aquitaine sport as it is for all of Southwest France!

Dear adventurer’z, here is a riddle for you : I am an emblematic animal of Southwest France, raised in the open air of Périgord and the Landes. My meat has an IGP certification and is quite popular. In French, they call me “canard”. Find my name in English, then count the letters in this word. Now add 2 to this number.


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

Go up the street and through the Saint-Germain Des Prés district via rue Bonaparte.

Keep an eye out, there is a lot of Street Art in the area, namely a work of art by Monsieur Chat N 48°51.395' / E 2°20.077'.

At the end of rue Bonaparte, turn right and walk along the Seine until you reach Pont Neuf bridge.

Henry IV’s famous horse (N48° 51.429' / E2° 20.475')

How elegant !

It is indeed a beautiful beast! Did you know that Henry IV’s famous white horse was in fact… grey!

I wasn’t talking about the horse, Zabeth! I was talking about its rider… Henry IV, who born in Pau in 1553, was crowned King of France in 1589. It was Marie, oops, forgive me, Marie de Medici – a very good friend of mine, did I mention that before ? – who had a tribute statue built here, on pont Neuf, in honour of her deceased husband. It was torn down during the French Revolution, and an identical one was rebuilt and inaugurated in 1818.

What your story doesn’t mention is that this second statue revealed a hidden treasure when it was renovated in 2004 : mysterious lead container’z concealed inside the statue itself, biographical writing’z by Voltaire and Sully in honour of the king, as well as 26 medal’z illustrating slices of life of the royal family!

Do you mean to tell me that geocaching was in fact invented by Royalists?!

Ha ha, yes indeed ! Another anecdote : Pont Neuf, which means New Bridge, is actually Paris’s oldest bridge ! Its construction began during the reign of Henry III, and was completed under Henry IV. But how many years did it take to build it? Find the information engraved in marble, near the statue and write the answer to your subtraction down.


Write this number down. It is the equivalent of F : F =_____
Hint
the marble plate is located at N 48°51.431' / E 02°20.482'

Finish crossing the bridge heading towards the rive droite, North of the Seine then take rue de la Monnaie until you reach rue de Rivoli. Turn left towards the Louvre.

The Louvre (N48° 51.715' / E2° 20.078')

So are you saying that this Marie friend of yours didn’t find the Louvre to her liking ?

(in awe) Yes, she got tired of it ! Or maybe it was just too big for her, once her husband passed away. Wait a minute… what is that odd glass-construction? It wasn’t there last time I visited!

That is the pyramid of the Louvre. It now houses the main entrance to the museum. Its was ordered in 1983, and it opened to the public in 1989. 200 tonnes of steel and glass, 35 metres per side and 21 metres tall…

How daring… lovely, but daring… right smack in the middle of the the Louvre ! But tell me, what is the connection between the pyramid and our beloved region?

Its sponsor of course! Born in Jarnac on 26 October 1916, he was also a prominent French politician. He rests in his native town in Charentes since 1996...

Count the letters in the name of this famous French president. It begins with an M and ends with a D.


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

Congratulations, your journey is almost over. If your answers are all correct, they should lead you straight to a famous Nouvelle-Aquitaine economic, cultural and tourism venue, in Paris… I’ll meet you there !

Don’t leave yet ! You still have one last riddle to answer! How many diamond-shaped tiles are there on the great pyramid of the Louvre? Make sure to count several times, just to be sure!


Write the answer's number down. It is the equivalent of Z : Z =_____

The cache

« 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: N(Fx2-G)°(D)(C-B).(A+B)(G-E)(C-A)' / E(G/D)°(Gx2)(0)(0)(D)'
 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 :


Comité Régional du Tourisme Nouvelle-Aquitaine
30 Cours Gay Lussac
87000 LIMOGES
Tel
05 55 11 06 09
Mail
les-sages@terra-aventura.fr

Terr'Aventurers' comments

07 déc 2021

Clém'en'tin has found the cache

Well dîné!!

06 déc 2021

lily-rose has found the cache

un parcours assez instructif

06 déc 2021

Anais_la_Grande has found the cache

Bisous de La Rochelle !

05 déc 2021

Xof 24 has found the cache

très joli parcours

05 déc 2021

PaulineMagne has found the cache

MPLC

04 déc 2021

Fam'ille has found the cache

un parcours "délocalisé" hors grande Aquitaine, qui nous permet de poursuivre l'aventure le temps d'un week-end à Paris. MPLC

04 déc 2021

Prince Louis Ier has found the cache

super geo-caching à travers Paris. Louis et moi même sommes ravis de notre aventure.

04 déc 2021

DupontetDupond has found the cache

petite escapade parisienne
super.

03 déc 2021

Bendu87 has found the cache

Mplc. temps pas de la partie mais sympa.

03 déc 2021

cloclo 87300 has found the cache

pas trop bien, trop de pollution , et pas de cachette 😠