The retreat from France - the airport blog
Ah well, so the French have the "Gaul" to overcharge, and it's not with an Asterix but comes with an exclamation mark - the price of one beer, so I am told, was 16 euros in a pub some chums frequented.
So I write this at the airport after the traditional fruitless but fun-filled fan attempt at getting home from Paris.
Austin Healey was trying to get the late train from Gare du Nord on Saturday evening and how on earth he got there I don't know as, it seems to me anyway, there isn't a single rugby ground in the world that treats its fans leaving the stadium as a worthwhile exercise in pain reduction.
Scotland's Richie Gray attracts the attention of the French players as he tries to make headway in the defeat in Paris. Photo: Getty
So here's today's question: what were the games like for you, and how the heck did you get home after them? There is a prize for the longest story.
But enough of the complaining. I bumped into Gavin Hastings on the Champs Elysee - his missus is a delight, and the game was superb - with the French, it has to be said, showing the Scots the way home.
My thought at the end of the game is that Richie Gray, who was described by Jeremy Guscott as slow a week ago, can now name his price should he wish to move to France as the big blond was the best player heavyweight on the pitch.
There are lots of obvious things to say about the game. Scotland started off like startled rabbits, Jo Ansbro was outstanding, Sean Lamont looked like he wanted to be on from the start when he came on, Kelly Brown was everywhere, Al Kellock played a captain's role, and the French can finish.
They had to win after their November series; the Scots merely wanted a win.
For me, the big difference seemed to be in the scrums. The French like scrummaging and have a 300,000 euro contraption that can mimic the players that are about to confront the French pack.
I don't think Scotland's budget stretches to that for a pro team.
The problem for Scotland is that I am not sure we can be much better than this, as it was a valiant display.
Perhaps there could be more go forward, but the ball was sprayed around.
I'll write more when I come home but, for the record, I've taken the Metro from Oberkampf to Gare du Nord, then train to Charles de Gaulle airport and then a shuttle train to the correct terminal and endured a long, long, long security check.
Next time it might be the train with Austin.
Anyway, can you beat 16 euros for a beer? And how did you get home? Right, they are calling our flight - it's via Cardiff and by propeller.
Magic, I wouldn't have it any other way.
John Beattie presents Sport Nation on BBC Radio Scotland, Saturdays at 0900 GMT.
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