Travel Round-up: City breaks

Posted on Jun 7, 2016

I?m a big fan of city breaks. Whether in the UK or abroad, a few days away experiencing the architecture, culture and food of a bustling city  can be just as invigorating as a longer holiday. As a family, some of our best trips have involved cities and our son, Rory, from an early age, started to appreciate art and history because of long weekends in cities such as Rome, Berlin and Copenhagen.  The posts this month feature cities at home and in Europe. Leeds Dad can kick us off with a day trip to London which had its high and low points. I think it?s fair to say, he would definitely plan things better next time around. Maybe he should have checked the regular Things to do in London with Kids by Mums Do Travel for some family friendly ideas.  48 hours in the city of Chester was perfect for a romantic weekend, according to Tracey from William?s World but equally you could spend a fascinating  48 hours in Belfast with the children in tow, if you follow the suggestions from A Family Day Out. There?s also plenty of inspiration from Tin Box Traveller who has listed 5 Cardiff family attractions not to be missed.   You might think Venice is more for couples but it has a great deal to offer families. Travel With My Kids has advice for accommodation, food and things to see in her post, Venice with kids. Families are just as well provided for in Turin, according to Tots2Travel, particularly the cuisine, as pizza, chocolate and gelato feature prominently in What to do with kids in Turin.  Whilst I?m drooling over the thought of the delicious Italian food,  Family Life in Spain is keeping my taste buds perked with her 6 tips for a tasty trip to Madrid and Suitcases and Sandcastles goes one better with her mouth-watering  Seven foodie treats to try in Lisbon.  If it?s art or things a bit quirky you?re after, Lou Messugo recommends you nip over to France and visit Nantes and its fabulous giant elephant. Yes, really!   You can?t go to Amsterdam and not have a go on a bike so Cycle Sprog has some excellent information about How to hire a kid?s bike in Amsterdam. If you prefer to walk on your city break, The Pigeon Pair and Me found Oslo to be a perfectly sized city to explore on foot and you can also walk on the roof of its Opera House: Seven relaxing things to do in Oslo.  Finally, My Travel Monkey has a whopping 17 things to do in Reykjavik with kids. Thankfully one of those is a relaxing dip in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.  If you need more inspiration for your city breaks there is a great travel linky, #CityTripping, run every Tuesday by Mummy Travels and Wander Mum. You will find some fantastic posts from bloggers across the globe, sharing their love of urban exploration.  No theme as yet for next month?s travel round-up but please send me links to your recent travel posts so I can share with...

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Never been 121 before ? Rotary Father?s Day Competition

Posted on Jun 6, 2016

With Father?s Day, just around the corner why not treat your dad this year and push the boat out, without even trying by entering the Clothes-Make-the-Man Rotary competition for your chance to win the latest GMT gent?s watch worth £149!!! What stylish man could refuse such a kind offer ? 2016 sees Rotary turns 121 this year, much has changed since its launch back in 1895 and to celebrate its international watch brand status Rotary has launched the GMT. The GMT allows you to tell the time in not just one Timezone but two making it ideal for that cosmopolitan, international playboy traveller. Here is how it works, the watch has a fixed bezel with a 24-hour scale, making it possible to indicate a second time zone. The GMT circular hour hand can be set independently from the other hands, so it is very easy to set the time for the time zone you are located in. Perfect gift for Father?s Day!!! Competition Question: In which year was Rotary founded? A) 1985 B) 1976 C) 1895 PLEASE SEND YOUR ANSWERS TO [email protected] & Conditions: 1. Only one entry per person. 2. All participants must be 18 or over. 3. The prize draw is open to all UK residents. The closing date for the prize draw is Midnight (GMT) 12th June 2016. 4. The prize is as follows: one Rotary GMT watches. 5. to enter the prize draw you will be asked to provide the answer to the question, your name and contact. 6.The winner will be randomly selected and notified by the contact details provided on the closing date above. 7. No Cash alternatives will be substituted for the prize. 8. Use of false name or address will disqualify any applicant from receiving the prize. clear information...

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BritMums Live for the first time! #BML16

Posted on Jun 6, 2016

Sonia Constant Sonia Constant blogs at MummyConstant.com, mainly about family fun. She and her two children get out and about as much as they can, playing, laughing and crying. Sonia wants to inspire other families to get out and do, whether that be forest exploring, sandcastle building or good cake baking. Here she talks about attending BritMums Live last year for the first time? ?Last June, I had those butterflies in my tummy when leaving the house. It was a mixed bag of nerves and excitement all rolled into one. I am a very sociable being but the thought of being amongst other bloggers (that I love) and an entire ballroom sized room full of them ? it did make me feel intimidated. It was my first time and I was on my way to Britmums Live. I remember the weeks leading up to Britmums Live, I messaged and emailed a few bloggers that I talk to a lot on social media. We agreed to meet up and say hello, one of them being Lucy from Capture by Lucy. When she said she would love to meet up, I remember thinking, ?Yeah, right?. Why would Lucy want to meet up with little ol? me? But I wanted to make sure I had something to talk about and someone to talk to, even if it didn?t end up happening. There were a few things that surprised me at Britmums Live: In a nutshell they were that the people were super friendly (both brands and bloggers), the butterflies didn?t last long and everyone else feels exactly the same as you do. Super friendly people When I got to BritMums Live and met up with Lucy, she was so kind and sweet. The meeting totally lived up to expectations. I was in complete awe: Someone who I had been stalking on social media for the past few months was now right in front of me and we were talking normally! We talked, we laughed, I helped her with some bits for one of her talks ? it was like we had known each other for years. What had I been worried about? The brands were all lovely too, the stalls were full of happy people and the ladies in the craft room helpful and outgoing. My cheeks hurt by the end of the weekend I had been smiling so much. Butterflies in my tummy This feeling soon went. When I first walked in, it was a case of spotting some people I knew and recognised. A few of my favourite bloggers were nearby and I said hello. Soon we were all chatting and giggling and suddenly, before I realised, I was checked in: mingling, laughing, networking! It?s definitely not as scary as you think it will be.  Everyone in the same boat I think it helps that everyone is in a similar place as you, feeling nervous. I remember...

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Hamilton warns Mercedes starting to ?buckle? under pressure | F1 Fanatic Round-up

Posted on Jun 5, 2016

In the round-up: Lewis Hamilton says there have been times this year when Mercedes have buckled under pressure. Links Your daily digest of F1 news, views, features and more from hundreds of sites across the web: Hamilton: Mercedes starting to ‘buckle’ (Autosport) “You’re starting to see small buckles here and there, so what’s important is we do pull together, because we are the greatest team, we just need to refine a few areas.” Main rival is not clear to Mercedes – Wolff (F1i) “Now Red Bull won a race in Barcelona and they were pretty competitive in Monaco and suddenly Red Bull is being seen as the main competitor.” Red Bull needed Verstappen to take on Mercedes – Berger (Motorsport) “They thought: ‘If we get Verstappen and Ricciardo we can at least put Ferrari under pressure, and next year we have a chance to compete with Mercedes with two big guys’.” Palmer gets new chassis for Canada after Monaco crash (Reuters) “The car hit the barriers quite hard at an oblique angle which damaged the front of the chassis and since we have a new chassis available it makes sense to introduce it.” Felipe Massa unfazed by Jenson Button-Williams speculation (ESPN) “We all know about rumours in Formula One, and to be honest I am zero scared and worried about anything.” ?Halo? development progress welcomed by drivers (Crash) Nico Rosberg: “I understand the criticisms, but if you go and read the newspapers from 1968, where Jackie Stewart was advocating change for safety and being lynched in the papers, it’s exactly the same today.” How the world?s premier auto race can alleviate Azerbaijan?s human-rights crisis (Human Rights Watch) “Mr Ecclestone should ask to meet Khadija Ismayilova, and other prominent activists who remain in jail with no promise of a fair trial.” Got a tip for a link to feature in the next F1 Fanatic round-up? Send it in here: Social media Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more: Simulator session in Canada and Baku.Impressed with the time spent at full throttle in a street circuit. Looks like a cool challenge.??? ? Carlos Sainz (@carlosainz) June 3, 2016 Hello ?? have had a pretty eventful week since Monaco. Done some cool things & back in good spirits ? ready to do it all again next week ?? ? Daniel Ricciardo (@danielricciardo) June 3, 2016 From the forum Rumours about plans for a new F1 film On this day in F1 Nivelles held the Belgian Grand Prix for the first time today in 1972 and Emerson Fittipaldi won for Lotus, leading almost every lap after passing Clay Regazzoni?s Ferrari. another...

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Safer cars means more ?extreme? tracks ? Wurz | F1 Fanatic Round-up

Posted on Jun 5, 2016

In the round-up: F1 tracks can be more punishing if cars are made safer, GPDA director Alexander Wurz argues. Snapshot Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Zandvoort, 2016 Max Verstappen entertained fans at his home track Zandvoort yesterday. He will be driving again today. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Zandvoort, 2016 Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Zandvoort, 2016 Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Zandvoort, 2016 Social media Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more: R.I.P #MuhammedAli the biggest inspiration and sporting hero of all time ??Inspiração e Gênio do esporte para nós. pic.twitter.com/Xg8GLNxrg8 ? Felipe Massa (@MassaFelipe19) June 4, 2016 RIP Muhammad Ali. The most carismatic sportsman of all time and an inspiration in every single one of my training sessions. #AliBomaye ? Carlos Sainz (@carlosainz) June 4, 2016 I’m gutted. R.I.P. Champ. God bless and help his family get through this incredibly hard time. pic.twitter.com/VSDqnAoVUH ? Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 4, 2016 R.I.P Muhammad Ali. #TheGreatest pic.twitter.com/8NIJmjY44K ? Kevin Magnussen (@KevinMagnussen) June 4, 2016 RIP #MuhammadAli #TheGreatest ? Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) June 4, 2016 #MuhammadAli #cassiusclay “If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize” #restinpower ? Jenson Button (@JensonButton) June 4, 2016 Ali was the biggest sporting hero of all time and such a great inspiration to all of us. #RIPMuhammadAli #fighter pic.twitter.com/fb5uBPorRW ? Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) June 4, 2016 I will treat my fans to donuts again tomorrow! #racedagen More: https://t.co/fKJq8E7lIL pic.twitter.com/UdYBbmhpp0 ? Max Verstappen (@Max33Verstappen) June 4, 2016 For those in the F1 2016 beta. Don’t undo all the good work a lot of people have done. We want this to be a success and the first step. ? Lee Mather (@TheLeeMather) June 4, 2016 There?s still time to join in this weekend?s Caption Competition here: On this day in F1 The first world championship made his final F1 race start today in 1955. Giuseppe Farina bowed out on the podium for Ferrari at Spa-Francorchamps after the Mercedes of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss led all the way. News from the...

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