This Eastern European match up kicks off the days proceedings, played in Bucharest. Not too far to travel then.
Crimea is disputed territory at present, but in 2011 it was still very much officially part of Ukraine.
The Khan’s Palace was occupied by the Tatars, an Islamic minority that resided in Crimea.
Built in the 16th Century, the walled enclosure contains a mosque, a harem, a cemetery, living quarters and gardens.
We travelled there by train from Sevastopol and as well as the palace, there was a very enjoyable yomp to a monastery too.
Much as I disparage the ‘new’ Skopje, I loved our visit to Lake Ohrid in the south of the country.
We took a bus from Skopje and bagged an excellent little flat with a balcony overlooking the picturesque lake, which is also in Albania on the other side.
A relaxing time with plenty of boat trips and delicious food – mushroom lasagne especially.
Score prediction – Ukraine 3 North Macedonia 0
You have had a bad run recently, let’s hope this prediction gets you back on track.
Italy & Portugal robbed me with late goals!