Nick has phoned to say he has arrived safely at his hotel in Brazil, a mere 26 hours after the taxi picked him up from home to take him to Heathrow. Luckily his suitcase also arrived at the same time. On his way to the hotel he passed scores of the gated and guarded compounds where many of the better off have to live to in order to be safe.
Richard Coeur de Lion’s des res in St-Rémy
The picture in the puzzle is of a well shaft in one of the troglodyte dwellings at Ethni’Cité at St-Rémy near Descartes. The well was used to provide water but also as an escape route for the occupants to flee from attackers in the valley below. (Although not both at the same time, I guess!) If you look back at the picture you can see the footholes on the side of the shaft.
Thinking about Nick’s current location, one could speculate how much things have really changed over the many centuries since the caves were occupied by their most famous inhabitant, Richard Coeur de Lion. In many parts of the world, very little, it seems.