After visiting the artist’s studio at the castle of Cinq-Mars, we were anxious to visit the castle ruins and the grounds in which they stand. The lady who had welcomed us handed us a leaflet which was clearly home-made. No glossy brochures here! She gave us detailed instructions regarding the itinerary we should follow in order to fully enjoy our visit.
The two towers of Cinq-Mars.
One is open to the public.
The other is used to stock the archives.
Just when we were about to set out, the proprietor stopped us. “I hope you are not afraid of …, because there are quite a lot of them on the terrace of the tower.” I don’t know about my friends, but I didn’t catch the name of the ‘species’ he was referring to. “As long as you don’t disturb them, they won’t attack you.” he added. “So be careful not to thread on those that are on the floor.” While the mystery thickened, my desire to climb to the top of the tower started to fade away.
Finally it turned out that the alleged possible attackers were … bees. To be honest, I wasn’t too thrilled by the prospect of finding myself surrounded by a swarm of bees, but the proprietor assured us that they were harmless as long as you didn’t provoke them.
Our hostess sent us on our way; leaflet in hand and with an enigma to solve. In the ground floor hall of one of the towers we would find a rapier hanging on one of the walls. It had been found in the moat by a crew doing some excavation work.
The rapier has a particular feature.
Can you spot it and solve the enigma?