Tuesday, 7 June 2016

The new plan

So as we established last time, the Euro 2004 trip was cancelled.

This time round, thanks to our tight defence, genius of Gareth Bale and great team spirit formed by Speed and built on by Coleman, qualification was as straightforward as we could hope for after a number of great nights, including a brave 0-0 draw in Belgium and a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture.

We qualified on my 36th birthday, 10 October 2015. By losing of course, but let's forget that for now. Within a month or so, I had the general plan set out for our trip to France and bit by bit it has fallen into place ever since, to the point where I actually have three restaurant reservations arranged. Although in fairness, one of those is at a Harvester near the channl tunnel (£5.99 early bird with all the salad and bread rolls you can eat....) so it's not exactly Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan in The Trip.

In summary, we set off on Thursday by car, reaching Bordeaux the next day. We watch Wales kick things off against Slovakia, and then the next day head across to Lyon for a four night stay.

Whilst we're there, we have tickets to both Belgium Vs Italy, and also Portugal Vs Iceland in nearby St Etiene.

Over those few days, I hope to immerse myself into French culture (i.e. red wine, cheese and bread) and just generally enjoy being in a foreign country that is hosting a major tournament, and in which Wales are competing in. Our first major championship for.....well, you know how long.

Then it's time to head back home, with just the little matter of Wales V England in Lens en route. Thanks to some very helpful Montgomeryshire folk, we've managed to get one ticket so far for that , with just one more needed which hopefully I'll get sorted out sooner rather than later.

Total distance we travel by car will be somewhere in the region of 2,300 miles.

It's almost time to set off.

Come on Wales.

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