Treasure hunt “The mystery of the lost carrots”

A 3rd-generation treasure hunt that will take you exploring the market gardens of Croissy-sur-Seine.

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Starting point: Chanorier

Before you start, head for the “crime scene”…
Facing the château, go round it to the left, past La Verrière restaurant, to the other end of the park where you’ll find the “experimental kitchen garden”. This is where our gardener’s carrots were stolen…
Look around carefully, paying special attention to the explanatory panels which will help you to begin your inquiry when you answer this first question!

A: THE NUMBER OF LEGS THAT INSECTS HAVE:

Stage 1 – Hôtel de Ville

Leave Chanorier park by going along the right hand side of the kitchen garden and taking the green gate. Turn left and continue to the pedestrian crossing. Stop! Turn around… Did you notice the shadow on the wall? You’re not the only ones investigating! Sure you’re not being followed? Then continue, over the pedestrian crossing on Rue Paul Demange, then straight ahead on Avenue de Verdun, which leads to the Hôtel de Ville (town hall).
The building is the work of architects Xavier Fabre, Vincent Speller and Philippe Pumain and was inaugurated in November 2000. It seems the thief lost a few carrots along the way! They must have been too big for him to carry…

B: THE NUMBER OF GIANT CARROTS DROPPED BY THE THIEF:

Stage 2 – Eglise Saint-Léonard

With your back to the town hall, continue towards Eglise Saint-Léonard (church). It was built to replace the former parish church, and its architecture is unusual. With its blind arcatures, rose window and twin bays, it is a concentration of neo-gothic style bearing testament to the growing enthusiasm of 19th-century intellectuals for the Middle Ages.

C : THE NUMBER OF CLOCK FACES ON THE CHURCH FACADE – 1:

Stage 3: Former post office

Continue on Avenue Foch to reach the busy town centre of Croissy, with its shops, boutiques and restaurants! But don’t give in to distraction, look for the former “Postes et télégraphes” office on the odd-numbered side of the street. Found it? This building was erected to replace the previous post office which had become too small. The façade is decorated with a ceramic inscription, a clock and a barometer. At each end, there are representations of telephone stamps.

D: THE NUMBER ON THE SECOND STAMP FROM THE RIGHT:
(add together the two digits of the number to obtain a new number, for example, 24 = 2+4 = 6)

Stage 4 – Parc Leclerc

Continue towards the Parc Leclerc. Enter the park, search for love, and you will find the answer to this question…

E : THE NUMBER OF LETTERS IN THE FULL NAME OF THE SCULPTOR WHO CREATED “LA RENCONTRE” x 3:

Stage 5 – Rue Péron

Leave the park directly on your left, go over the pedestrian crossing on Rue de Seine, turn left, then right onto Rue Péron.
On the crossing, answer this question!

F: THE NUMBER OF METRES THAT LIE BETWEEN YOU AND THE AVENUE VERTE PARIS-LONDON CYCLE PATH (retain only the decimal):

Stage 6 – La Maison de Charité

Walk along Rue Péron to Place Aligre. Find the Maison de Charité, the large white building with a bell…

G: THE NUMBER OF YEARS DURING WHICH THIS HOUSE WAS INOCCUPIED + 8:

Stage 7 – Monet Trail

But please continue with your investigation…
Leave Place d’Aligre via Rue Péron and go as far as the River Seine. Take a look at the reproduction of Monet’s painting that marks the Impressionnists’ trail.

H: THE YEAR IN WHICH MONET WAS BORN/2:
(add together all the numbers of the date until you’re left with a single digit, for example, 1918 = 1+9+1+8 = 19, 1+9 = 10, 1+0 = 1):

 

Stage 8 – Parc Chanorier

Turn left and walk along the Seine until you reach the river port. Numerous villas were built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries with historicistic architecture – neo-Gothic, Renaissance – but also regionalistic and picturesque styles, as well as thermal and balneal features.
Take the steps leading to the château via the park.

At the exit on your right, you’ll see the Saint-Léonard chapel, which hosts exhibitions, concerts and other events during the Fêtes Romantiques.

I: the number corresponding to the correct answer to this question + 4:
For a wish to be granted, you have to touch: 1. A piece of wood, 2. A candle, or 3. A chain

 

Stage 9 – Chanorier

Return to look at the façade of the château. Built by Paul Gauthier de Beauvais, this château replaced the former residences of the lords of Croissy who had lived here since the 16th century. In 1869, the park was sold and divided up. The château was purchased by the municipality in 1936. The façade you see today has retained its original appearance, including the central forepart with its wrought iron balcony supported by hefty sculpted corbels depicting Hercules.

J: THE NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIONS OF HERCULES:

Just like Hercules, may you have the strength of the Lion of Nemea to help you solve this mystery! Below, replace the letters with your answers, and the GPS coordinates will give you the hiding place of the mysterious thief!

Replace the letters with your answers:
G.BI7ADF, J.EHC51
____.______7___________ , _____.___________________51

Input the location of the cache via the maps app or browser of your smartphone, entering the coordinates you have found (including the full stops and commas).

Done? Now search for the cache!
Congratulations, you’ve found it!