Euro 2020 Match Day 2 – Belgium v Russia

The final game of match day two takes place at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg.

Belgium

Bruges

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 touristic but a great way to see the city as the waterway twists its way under little bridges and past well kept houses with their flower festooned balconies.

The trip with my brother was in 1996, by chance coinciding with Euro 96 held in England. Indeed we watched England’s opening match in a bar, a disappointing 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Russia

Kaliningrad, Russia – Maritime Museum At Sunset

Due to Covid I am yet to visit the main parts of Russia, with my trans-Siberian train trip now postponed three times.

This means my only experience of Russia is the enclave of Kaliningrad (I won’t count Crimea which was definitely part of Ukraine when I visited in 2011).

Kaliningrad is bordered by Poland & Lithuania and is home to Russia’s Baltic fleet. I visited on a 72-hour visa, arriving by bus from Gdańsk and leaving on a train to Minsk.

The main city was a tad surreal. Probably the highlight was our visit to the unusual maritime museum where we had great fun clambering through the narrow corridors of a foxtrot submarine.

A tight squeeze on the submarine

Score prediction – Belgium 3 Russia 1

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