A battle of heavyweights in Group F aking place in Munich’s Allianz Arena. France The southern city of Marseille is a world away from Paris. A big African influence has given the city an eclectic feel We stayed in a great AirBNB with a terrace overlooking the port. A magic place for sundowners and nightcaps. […]

The holders (Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal) kick off their defence in Budapest. The are in what is known as ‘the group of death’ along with favourites France and perennial achievers Germany. Hungary Apologies Magyars, I have only ever been to your capital on my three visits to Hungary. In 2006 my visit with Mrs Wilbur commemorated […]

The third game of the day takes place in Seville. Seville just so happens to be my favourite city in Spain. Superb tapas, the world’s finest flamenco, a magnificent cathedral, beautiful landscaped gardens of Los Jardines de Murillo, the wonderful alcazar and non-stop sunshine. A float down the River Guadalquivir is a very enjoyable way […]

Bratislava Tram & Castle, Slovakia

The Euros are getting into a swing now. Thankfully the medical drama of Saturday has turned out better than feared. Get well soon Christian Eriksen. The two Central European nations get their tournament up and running in St Petersburg. Poland My favourite city visited in Poland is the Hanseatic port city of Gdańsk. Lovely old […]

The first game of the day sees the last of the British qualifiers making their finals bow. It takes place at Glasgow’s Hampden Park. Scotland Britain’s highest mountain is Ben Nevis in Scotland, at 1,345 metres above sea level. I climbed it (no crampons required) in 2011 and in so doing completed the U.K.’s ‘3 […]

I visited Jordan in 2005 and spent a night under the stars in the dessert. Wonderful memories of a simple lifestyle in a vast open space. I could do with being there now!

The final fixture of day three takes place in Amsterdam. Netherlands Amsterdam was where my travelling began way back in 1987. It was my first inter-rail trip, with my first ever overseas train journey taking us from the port of Hoek of Holland past flat fields of cabbages to the iconic Dutch city. Our introduction […]

So we move to match day three having finally got underway a year late. Here I continue with my memories from the competing nations. The second match of the day takes place in Bucharest. Austria Mrs Wilbur and I visited Austria for my 40th birthday and have revisited on many occasions. We started in Vienna […]

The wait is over for my home nation. Perennially under achievers since their only triumph in 1966, optimism is high as ever. Is football finally coming home? England As I live in England I thought I would feature some places lesser known outside the UK. Scafell Pike is England’s highest peak at 978m above sea-level, […]

Kaliningrad, Russia - Maritime Museum At Sunset

The final game of match day two takes place at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg. Belgium I have been to Bruges twice, first time with my brother and second time with Mrs Wilbur and my parents. Bruges is picture postcard Belgium. Quaint canals and chocolate shops. A boat trip on the canal is entirely […]