The little Frenchman is back; we’re not talking about Nicholas Sarkozy, but the adored, plucky Gaulish warrior Asterix. Tomas Mowlam reports on the re-opening of Paris’ Parc Asterix.
Now the winter season is over Parc Asterix is re-opening and from the start of May, kids (and adults) can ride roller-coasters, log flumes and even a bobsled in an entire park dedicated to the little warrior.
The books were written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, when Goscinny sadly died in 1977 Uderzo took over writing.
The tales of Asterix, with his iconic blonde moustache and winged helmet, outwitting the Roman legions, have captivated kids and adults since the series first appeared in French magazine Pilote in 1959. Since then over 325 million copies of the books have been sold.
Asterix, always accompanied by his faithful dog Dogmatix and the strong but slow Obelix, has travelled across the world; he’s been in adventures in the Middle East and India, and the books themselves have been translated into more than 100 languages and dialects.
The park is 30km north of Paris, and has its own direct exit; Parc Astérix between #7 and #8 on the A1. Alternatively there’s a direct shuttle that leaves from close to the Louvre. Check out www.parcasterix.fr/en/node/184 for more info about the park.
With P&O Ferries you can get a crossing from Dover to Calais in a car with up to nine people starting from just £30 – it’s then just a short drive to Paris.
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