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Postcards Home

A Soldier On Leave

Soldiers of the Occupation were afforded leave, and based on his postcard collection, Private Brigner ventured to the French and Italian Riviera region for his.  I have a guide book from the aquarium he must have visited in Monaco – it was folded in half, probably from being carried in his pocket.

He apparently stayed at a hotel in Menton, France, which is on the coast east of Nice.  Further along the coast is Bordighera, Italy, from where the souvenir handkerchief originated, that I described in another section.

Ironically and unbeknownst to me at the time, my own travels by train along the French coast and down to Rome took me through the very towns visited by my Grandfather, almost a century before.