Friday, 23 May 2014

Did Asterix live in Erquy?

The year is 50 B.C. Gaul is entirely occupied by the Romans. Well, not enitrely...One small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders.
The evidence is quite straightforward:
1. The coastline pictured in the map under the magnifying glass at the front of the Asterix books matches Erquy's position nicely.

2. The map clearly identifies 3 rocks off the coast near the Village Gaulois. They are also clearly marked as the Pointe de Trois Pierres on Google's map of Erquy.

3. Albert Uderzo, Asterix's creator, knew Brittany well and his brother escaped to Erquy during the War to evade forced enlistment by the Germans. 
Uderzo himself worked for  a year in Brittany as a teenager and loved it. 
When he was given a free hand in deciding where to locate Asterix's village he didn't have to think - he chose Brittany.

4. Erquy has ancient granite rose quarries dating back to Roman times and beyond...
...which would have been ideal for Obelix's menhir business.

Case proven.
QED (quite easily done).

Here's more of the evidence:

Asterix et Erquy (ERQUY TOURISME)

Le village d'Astérix à Erquy Par Toutatis (LE TELEGRAMME)

See also: ERQUY

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