Visiting the Louvre museum remains as a fond first memory of visiting Paris for me. Living in the city means we have the possibility of visiting this vast museum as often as we like, and of course this includes the 1st free Sunday of the month. More recently we have avoided the main rooms and taken our time visiting the lesser known wings, with of course an obligatory coucou at the Mona Lisa.
This weekend we participated in a completely different kind of visit – a scavenger hunt! ThatLou runs private hunts based around different themes for team-building workshops, birthdays, hens parties etc and also a public hunts such as ‘All Things Gaul’ for Bastille day, and ‘Skull Scouting’ for Halloween. Our public hunt today was for Thanksgiving with the theme ‘Food and Wine’.
We met with our guide and our fellow competitors (teams of 2-4 people) to receive instructions, rules and of course the hunt! There were 30 pièces of work, antiques and sculptures to find, all related in some way to ‘food and wine’. Each was assigned a number of points to win (10-30 points for easier to find, 40-70 for harder). With each numbered ‘treasure’ was a little history, sometimes also the possibility to win some bonus points. It was very important to to read each piece because sometimes the bonus points were 50 or 60! Once you’ve found a treasure, you must take a photo of the team in front as proof. We were given two hours which we started off by working out our strategy!
Well we had a ball! The Louvre is huge and I don’t know how many km’s we covered today! It took us to wings and rooms we didn’t know of, in search of art that we possibly hadn’t seen before. It really is a fantastic concept and we were like two children again. We were very proud of our teamwork and even prouder to be the winners of the hunt!
THATLou is also very popular with children ! More information can be found on their website.