"The Independent had its own archaeological prank on April 1st 1993 when the newspaper announced the discovery of the 3000-year old village of cartoon heroes Asterix and Obelix, complete with Asterix-period pottery and Iron Age standing stones. The village, said to be 3000 years old, was reportedly found at Le Yaudet, near Lannion, France - almost exactly where author Rene Goscinny placed it in his books. Professor Barry Cunliffe of Oxford University and Dr. Patrick Galliou of the University of Brest were credited with its finding.
Asterix or The Adventures of Asterix is a series of French comics written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. The series first appeared in the French comics magazine Pilote on 29 October 1959."
"Historically, the begging for beads and trinkets at Mardi Gras celebrations ("Throw me something, mister!") goes back to the medieval traditions of rural Brittany. At the end of a long winter and short of food, the medieval peasants and townspeople would form up in groups and go from castle to manor house begging for food and singing and dancing to "pay for their supper".
The tune on which the Chanson de Mardi Gras is based, can be traced back to Brittany, a Celtic enclave on the Northwestern French coast near where the original settlers of Acadia were from. These traditions were carried to North America by European immigrants during the 17th and 18th centuries. In the mid to late 18th century when the Acadian settlers of the Canadian Maritimes were forcibly deported by the English, many made their way to South Louisiana, settling what would become known as the Acadiana region. The Cajuns, as they would become known to the rest of the world, have held on to many of their traditional customs, including their language (Acadian French became Cajun French), music, dances and religious festivals such as the courir.de mardi gras."
"Lihou Island in Guernsey is an interesting one. Accessible by foot only during low tide it lies in front of Saint Peter. It's a beautiful little isle with blooming meadows, areas protected for birding, old ruins and a self-catering house for accommodation.
The crossing in itself is an adventure and one can spot anemones and other little treasures in low tide pools on the way. Good shoes or wellies are required as there's either some waddling through water or jumping from stone to stone to keep your feet dry. Bring your lunch here and enjoy it on top of the hill while watching the birds and boats go by. The ultimate relaxing experience and highly recommended!"
"Is this just the most beautiful view? Only an hour away from home, Kynance is one of our favourite destinations. Top tip: go on a day when the tide is OUT at midday to make the most of accessing all the secret beach nooks and crannies. It's a little hike down from the car park and the azure blue sea is a little (ahem) refreshing, but the white sand and gorgeous cafe make the trip there a real treat. Go, loose yourself for a few hours (there's no phone reception) you can pretend that you're in the Caribbean and that Cap'n Jack Sparrow will come wading through the waves at any moment."