Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 45

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shipping, islands etc. well known as health resorts of the sunny south of France – cassis, La Citat, Les Lecques, Bandol & Sanary. Toulon is essentially a naval town and we found the narrow streets were are full of sailors from the ships in the splendid harbour. We saw no English or Australian Troops at all & were the centre of attraction everywhere. After a walk round the town we jumped on to a tram & rode out to Mourillon, a pretty little spot on the coast about ½ an hours ride from the town – then after a walk round the sea front, back to the city & a dinner in a typical little French restaurant . From here we strolled to the entrance of the Arsenal (having a look into as we passed, a fine big Roman Catholic Church) the biggest in France, employing many thousands of men. No one being allowed to pass through the gates past soldiers and gendarmerie

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