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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.

Updated Post

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. 

Original Post 
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Though the coastline is roughly identical, there are two problems.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.