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Contay British WW1 Cemetery

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Visiting the grave of my great uncle; Joseph Wilkins, Rank: Private, Regiment: Oxford & Bucks Light Infantry who Died 30/11/1916 Age 20.  Grave Ref VII A. 30. Son of Alfred and Ann Wilkins, of Gt. Missenden Bucks. 
Contay is a tiny village between Amiens and Arras, the cemetery is in a peaceful location witch lies on the road to Franvillers D23. Somme France.  Coordinates: N49 59.921’ E002 28.967’ 
 The fallen remembered and not forgotten 

Entrance to Cemetery
Gravestone

Joseph Wilkins sat-down 
Images From: The Wilkins Collection

San Marino

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Day trip from Rimini with my daughter, The old town  'San Marino' is sat on top of Mount Titano 750 meters and can be seen from Rimini,


Cable car (Image Tilt & Shift)


Restaurant with panoramic views

Rimini

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Jodie my daughter suggested meeting me here. Is internationally renowned for its beaches and is mainly Italians who come here and makes it more interesting for tourists coming from abroad.  The campsite in Ribabella also was mainly Italians and was relaxed and friendly.

Private Italian beach with umbrellas and sunbeds  

Seafood and pasta


Rimini old town is a cycling City, more people on bicycles than walking.


Market day


Florence Firenze

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I don't do cities, but Florence is bella. To hot and too many tourists, but my campsite is on a hill looking over the city, nice to have a beer and watch the sunset. Like London I like it where it is!
The Duomo Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore
Sunset over old bridge
Panorama view of Florence.

All photos taken from Plazzale Michelangelo.

What I have learnt in 2 months travelling in a campervan around Europe.

Well it’s the first time I have travelled in acampervanand it’s the 3rdtime travelling on my own. It’s good that I like my own company, but it would have been good to share the experience. I hope my photos have done that! It’s now been 2 months since I started this road trip, I had told everyone before I left that I will be gone for 2 months. But Europe is big and there is a lot to see!
Spain has been amazing and has the most to offer, especially Andalucía and the scenic drive of the sierras with the pretty towns of Mula, Socovos, Ferez, Elche de la Sierra and the drive down to Aldea Mesones Molinicos was amazing. And I nearly forgot the drive on the N340a from Tabernas to Sorbas, taken in the mini Hollywood where they made spaghetti western filming locations. I knew Spain was going to be a blast, but I found a lot more interesting places than I had imagined. It was hard to leave and there is more to see, that I have left for next time. The South is very cheap for drinks, eating out and…

Sestri Levante

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On the Italian Riviera approximately 56 kilometers south of Genoa. Very relaxed and a little low key but there is something for everyone.  


Bay of Silence 

Visiting Italy Where My Dad Was In WW2

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I have just arrived in Italy, driving  from France. My Dad was in Italy during the Second World War and I would like to visit the places where he told me his war stories, when I was a child.
I have already been to Naples where he told me he saw Mount Vesuvius erupt in March/ April 1944 and that the Americans flew over and dropped bombs into the creator!!!! He was also in Cortina in the Dolomites, Casino transporting tanks to the front line and looking at the photo below he was in Florence. As it looks like The Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore in the background. He also had postcards he brought in Rome. And he has been to Padova as my Niece found out when she told her Granddad she was to study there for 3 months and he remembered many names of the places there.  
Photo of Dad (Right)
I have been to the places above on previous travel to Italy, apart from Cortina d'Ampezzo and Casino, but looking forward to revisiting some of those places again and more while I am here. 
Dad skiing in …