At the beginning of February a group of us, five from Paisley and four from Edinburgh, travelled to Brussels.
Last year we had decided that we wanted to see Scotland play France in The Stade De France in The Six Nations. We looked up prices for hotels and flights and for a number of reasons - it was f term in Scotland, it was a Six Nations weekend in Paris and it was the closest weekend to St. Valentine's Day – it was going to cost a fortune. Someone had the bright idea of staying in Brussels and travelling by train to the match.
We found a great Ibis Hotel close to the city centre, booked flights and train tickets and ordered tickets for the match. I reckon for 3 nights it worked out at about half the price – and the bonus was we wouldn’t be paying Paris prices for food and drink. The Stade De France is a truly impressive stadium, but it was completely lacking in atmosphere, nothing like Murrayfield or The Principality Stadium. Due to its size with a full-sized pitch and a 400m running track, we were quite far from the action. Sadly, the game was a bit of a disappointment with neither side playing particularly well.
Brussels is a great city and I will return. We found some wonderful pubs and bars and a fantastic traditional café, Le Cirio, with ornate art-deco fittings and a great selection of beer.
I only had my phone with me so shots aren't as good a quality as they could have been.