Where was everybody ? Abroad or in front of the Xbox?

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It must have been the third week of the summer school holidays in most places around the UK.  My wife was still working and wasn’t due her vacation for a few more days, so I had to keep the kids entertained until we could all do something together.
As is always the case this time of the year, the subject of "what to do and where to go" was all over the national and local news.

But I am confused?

Two adults, two children, 9-10 hours of watching top class motor racing at one of Europe’s best racing courses (and I really do mean one of the top circuits in Europe!). Total cost? £24 (£20 if you had booked your tickets online). 

But the most confusing part, was that the place was virtually empty, and I mean really empty.  There were more family members of the drivers than actual visitors. I would even go as far as saying there were probably more circuit marshals than their were spectators.

Admittedly, the weather forecast for the day wasn’t too good, but it wasn’t that bad either. Yet again, perhaps people know just how crap the weather forecasts are in the UK because actually, the weather was horrendous. It was cold, windy and the rain came down like stair rods which played havoc with my back, but made for better racing rather than having just the one or two cars speeding off into the distance (as happens in F1).
We got to see drivers driving which sounds quite daft until you think about it.
There was also the small matter of the Olympics starting today, but I can’t believe for one minute that people would have preferred to have watch that on television in preference to a day out.

So where was this all happening?

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Barcelona or Amsterdam or Rome

Ok, it’s that time again when I have to think of somewhere to go for a short weekend break.

I’ve used a lot of holiday type sites, but a great one was pointed out to me the other day.

EasyToBook concentrates on Barcelona, Amsterdam and Rome and because of that it has a lot more information about the hotels the places themselves.

Ok, it’s that time again when I have to think of somewhere to go for a short weekend break.

I’ve used a lot of holiday type sites, but a great one was pointed out to me the other day.

EasyToBook concentrates on Barcelona, Amsterdam and Rome and because of that it has a lot more information about the hotels the places themselves.

Have a look at the details for Park Plaza Victoria Hotel Amsterdam and you will see what I mean.
This 4-star hotel has load of great information, maps and pictures to help you choose.

The site also claims no booking fee, which considering the very competitive prices is pretty damn good.

Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel Barcelona | Book it at EasyToBookI recently sent my parents to Barcelona for a break and they enjoyed it will probably go back.
The last time I was there (6-7 years ago), was to watch Chelsea play Barcelona in the Champions League.
Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel Barcelona was a Hotel recommended to me if I ever go back, so I might pop to EasyToBook and check it out.