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Italy : Emilia-Romagna

1.9 km (1.2 miles) S of Villanova sull'Arda, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Approx. altitude: 37 m (121 ft)
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Antipode: 45°S 170°W

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#2: gps showing N45E10 #3: the mark (and me) #4: abandoned farm (and my father)

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(visited by netrunner, Mister Saigon and Whisky the Dog)

14-May-2001 -- After leaving the German army my dad said he would like to take me on some trip to celebrate this next step in my (young?) life. We preferred Italy to Greece for the distance.

I had heard about the confluence project some months ago but could not yet visit any myself, since I still lacked a gps-reciever. I only accompanied Ray to N53E10.

But this trip should not be one of these sightseeing tours I had in my early childhood. I thought the confluence project could bring the amount of pepper in there. So I borrowed a Garmin from Ray and a digicam from another friend - and we moved on. I even had downloaded all interesting points via mapquest, but somewhere at the Italian border I saw that I forgot to transfer them on my Laptop.

But our car was equipped with a map of Europe (1:4600000) ... only every 5 degrees a line. This was why we visited the N45E10 first.

Leaving Salo after 2 relaxed days we headed towards Piacenza to find our first confluence. My dad always smiled about my fascination for geographical points earning nothing but the "first visit" entry at some page in the internet.

Anyway, the N45E10 was a very easy one, we drove almost exactly to the point, just 300 metres by foot onto an abandoned field.

(If you want to have a look at my other confluences of that trip, remember the nice smile my father shows ... now ;)

visit confluence 2/4 of my Italy trip


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#1: area
#2: gps showing N45E10
#3: the mark (and me)
#4: abandoned farm (and my father)
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