We know that Vevoda’s chateau was in France in the foothills of the Pyrenees (p402).
The foothills of Pyrenees, the Monts Albères, run into the Mediterranean Sea in Banyuls-sur-Mer, France, creating a steep cliff line.
Compare FXC’s map in Ship of Theseus to Vevoda’s chateau and, simultaneously, a real-world map to the chateau/estate of Hermes Bouchard to that of Banyuls Sur-mer and the surrounding territory. The coastline of FXC’s map from memory and a real-world map are very similar.
The map-matching below is from @SimpinaLindale, who saw my original post (further below) and suggested a better match than mine – which I admitted had a few problems – by going just a tad North. It looks like a perfect match.
Though the coastline is roughly identical, there are two problems.
- The deep inset that marks the grotto used by Juan Blas Covarrubias does not seem to be present on the real-world map. This could simply be because the grotto is underground from above, but FXC “tore the roof off” to indicate where it was.
- The two islands or offshore rocks on the map are not present at all in the real-world map. If you use Google Earth and zoom in and around this area, there are a few rocks jutting out of the water very close to the coastline. But they don’t seem to resemble FXC’s drawing.