Finders Seekers Subscription Box Review + Coupon – PARIS January 2019

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Finders Seekers is a monthly puzzle subscription box for anyone who loves puzzles, escape rooms, Sherlock Holmes, mysteries, or anything requiring a little brainpower. Finders Seekers features a new destination each month, so in addition to the puzzle/escape room experience, you get a mini travel experience, too, exploring a new city and its culture every month.

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FYI – there are SPOILERS in this post!

A THRILLING ADVENTURE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR

Explore world cultures solving puzzles, decoding cryptic messages and discovering underground societies. A new city each month!

As a subscriber (limited numbers can join each month), you are invited to join the Society of Seekers, a group of like-minded puzzle fiends who use their heads and a little bit of internet-search know-how to explore a city and solve a mystery each month.

Included in this month’s box is a welcome letter and checklist of every item that should be inside the package, plus all the clues you’ll need to solve the mystery.

This month’s adventure brought us to the City of Lights, the beautiful Paris! And for this month’s mystery, we need to find the Mona Lisa because it’s stolen!

Our first metro stop is Denfert Rochereau, which the website told us, and we used that information to ascertain the actual stop of the hotel, which unlocks the entire itinerary!

Here’s the itinerary that we found at the hotel.

Denfert Rochereau brought us to the catacombs, and a puzzling maze.

This is an intense maze!

To be honest, the maze was super complex and after the first few letters, we ascertained the name of the (in)famous Frenchie to solve the clue.

We were rewarded with our first set of paint instructions.

The box also contains a paintbrush and a set of 6 paints.

For this task, you need to fill in the blocks with paint to decipher the final clue. We used dots in our blocks to mark the numbers as we went along.

We used the itinerary to get to the next clue, which wanted us to name Lucy’s favorite artwork. You really need the hint to solve this one, and it’s just a straight up internet search.

The next stop brought us to Laduree!

We deciphered the macaron clues and got the paint coordinates for black.

The next stop is the famous museum, the Louvre!

At the Louvre, our next stop, we found some greek characters at the base of the sculpture Winged Victory of Samothrace. The answer to this one was a little weird – they wanted you to leave out the zeros instead of adding the numbers. Anyways, we still got the coordinates for our red paint!

Our next stop brought us to The Café des Deux Moulins!

For this puzzle, we just had to translate the bill to find our clue! We used the bill as a cipher to the menu et voila, a popular French phrase was revealed that means “Other times, other mores”.

Our next stop brought us to Notre Dame de Paris.

We were faced with a puzzle that used our Frere Jacques music sheet to solve the clues on the keyboard.

The Opera House clue could be solved with a google search after deciphering the clues in the text, or if you are an opera aficionado, you can do so by listening to the clip. How unique!

The itinerary brought us next to The Pompidou Center!

We needed to decode our Pop Art sheet to discover the next clue. Rearranging the numbers was a simple task.

We went to the Rodin museum with our next deciphered itinerary clue!

Using the map and a stack of postcards with curious letters engraved upon them, we discovered the next clue by determining the names of all the statutes and revealing a French art term.

We knew enough about the statues to do this without the internet, but it could easily be done with some quick searches too. Google search becomes really handy at times!

Our next stop was the Musée d’Orsay. No hints for this one, but Monet’s Waterlilies was underneath. Was it a clue? Unlikely, but if you remembered your towel, you got this one.

And the last stop is the Charles De Gaulle Airport!

Finally, we had all our paint coordinates for our Mondrian-inspired painting clue and the last stop we needed to uncover where the Mona Lisa was hidden. We solved it before our daughter finished painting in the sheet!

After 2 colors worth, the secret was revealed (it probably would have been more suspenseful if we painted as we went).

A mystery coupled with history and art is great, and only in Paris we can find these beautiful places and fine puzzles that mostly involve art. The box contained all the materials that we’ll need as we go along, and the website also added mystery and fun as we try to decipher and solve the puzzles, with a little aid from search engines. My daughter is the one who mostly solved this mystery and I am so proud of her! She really delved into the mystery and tried her very best to be able to finish it. This a great box for people who love solving mysteries and at the same time, exploring a certain place and culture! We wonder what place is next on the upcoming box, and we’re really excited about it!

Did you solve the mystery?  How long did it take you?  Let us know in the comments below!

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  • SB

    *head desk*

    Oh, THAT Lucy? (We were like, “Who the heck is Lucy?”)

    Thank you

  • SB

    Am I? The hint says “Lucy’s favorite sculpture is by an artist that shares her name.”

    The wiki page you linked has only a handful of the 70 artworks at La Defense (we did find the French brochure that lists them all, but again, no “Lucy”.) Obviously, once we know which sculpture, it’s simple to translate the title.

    I guess we’re missing something really obvious…?

    • Hello Subscription

      Yeah – look at Lucy’s last name 🙂

  • S B

    These are beautifully made! I have been working on them with my mother in law who lives in another state.

    (However, you must have better internet-fu than we do, because we have been unable to find a list of sculptors whose work is on display in La Defense, let alone find one whose first name is Lucy!)