Background: 20-odd years ago, I threw my girlfriend and some camping kit in the car, crossed the channel (by ferry) and followed the sun. We stopped each day, shortly before nightfall, set up camp, had a few beers and spoke to the locals to see if there was anything worth visiting. If there was, we'd stay for a day or two, otherwise we'd head towards the sun again. Absolutely enjoyed it - planned to have 2 weeks away, but the money lasted 3 and the Firm was very kind in letting me take an extra week's leave at negligible notice. I fancied doing something similar this year, but staying in Pensions/auberges etc. (Being a bit older, the tent is somewhat bigger and not the sort of thing that you'd want to use for just overnighting). As the girlfriend is now Mrs Puttees, she also has a 49% say in what we do... She seemed to like the idea, but didn't fancy the amount of travelling that we did last time - about 3000 miles - and suggested Normandy. Shocked? I bloody well was! Why would anybody want to visit Normandy other than to... And Mrs Puttees has never really expressed an interest in anything even remotely linked to military history. Further questioning led to her revealing that she had a granddad who, according to family history, is interred there and she would like to see his grave, among the numerous white crosses. Now the questions... Is there some way that a holiday could be had that will suit us both? She wants to visit the cemetery (don't know where it is) and will probably want to spend a lot of time doing nothing but soaking up UV. I like to root around places, reading inscriptions in detail and trying to discover things that have been overlooked. My initial thought is to trace her granddad's route - from landing to his untimely end - to give her a personal interest in what we're doing which, at the same time, will give me an opportunity to rummage. To achieve this, I'd need to know what her granddad was doing, who he was doing it with, and where. Can I get this information with her granddad's name and Army number (she tells me that there are members of her family who know this)? Given that this may fill her attention span for only a short while, I could play the "my turn" card and trace the path of my own granddad - he threw stuff out of an aeroplane (he was Army), got shot down, repatriated, shot down again near Arnhem and hid from Axis and Allies until he decided it was safe to make a re-appearance (didn't fancy tempting fate a third time). He died a natural death in his late 80's, often reminiscing about his Dutch girlfriend who kept him hidden from both foe and friend... Is there a way that I can trace the movements of these grandparents? If so, the next instalment will be questions about accommodation, places to visit, etc. Plus, any suggestions of how I can keep Mrs Puttees in a good mood while I'm doing the military tourist stuff?