Monday, July 11, 2011

Maybe we need a boar or two as well

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We love Asterix and Obelix comics, the brilliant comic series about a tiny Gaul village that over and over outwits their would-be Roman conquerors. In fact, our oldest son became a reader the summer between kindergarten and first grade trying to decode all the words in one of our Asterix books.

We have landed squarely into the land of Asterix and Obelix here in Auvergne. Just outside of Clermont-Ferrand is the field where Vercingetorix, who grew up here in town, defeated Julius Caesar with his hardscrabble army of peasants. The revolt didn't last long--in less than a year Vercingetorix had surrendered to Caesar--but Vercingetorix is a French hero.

The body Vercingetorix is trampling in this statue in the central town square here is presumably a Roman soldier.
I thought all we were missing was a menhir or two, but then we saw one (in someone's yard!) in a village near here.

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