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Matthew Bates' Euro 2016 Blog: Day Three

14 June 2016

Hello and welcome to my latest update from France after another couple of busy days over here.

We spent the first couple of nights of our stay in a camp-site just outside of Marseilles, attending the England game against Russia at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday night – we’re just about coming to terms with the disappointment of the late equaliser!

On Monday morning we set-off from there in our two camper vans at about 9am local time and knew we had another very long trip ahead of us with the trip North, aiming for our next camp-site in Versailles.

I have to say that the camp-site we’ve chosen is beautiful – it’s like a mini version of Centre Parcs. It took us around seven hours to complete the journey so we were all in desperate need of a shower once we reached our destination.

We then decided to have a table tennis competition between us as we enjoyed a few drinks. I am proud to say that you are now reading a Blog from the reigning Bus 1 table tennis champion – was it ever in doubt?

Due to the table tennis we actually didn’t end up getting a taxi in to Paris until quite late in the evening so we headed to a restaurant to get some food and we shared some bottles of red wine – very cultured for a group of Boro lads, I thought!

We’ve spent a little more time in and around Paris today and I’ll tell you more about that in my next Blog so keep your eyes peeled for that.

One thing I did want to mention actually; I know there is a lot being said back home and around the world about the trouble that has gone on in France during the tournament, particularly surrounding Russia and England fans. Well, during our stay in Marseille we met some Russian fans who were really friendly – in fact we ended up inviting them back to our camp-site for a few drinks and it was a really nice evening. It’s wrong to tar everyone with the same brush because it’s only a minority of people who are coming close to spoiling things for the rest.
Anyway, I’m writing this before heading out for another look around Paris so I will give you an update on that – and take some more photos – in the coming days.

Batesy.

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