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June 2014 - Euro 2024 fever... In Prague

I'm in Prague, having flown in last night with a lot of Scotland football fans who were finding a roundabout route to reach Munich for the opening match in the Euro 2024 tournament tonight. Want to experience the atmosphere? Wait till the knock-out stages. Meanwhile, travel and accommodation for the Paris 2024 Olympics are wide open.


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