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  • News from the Bridge Room in Porec, Croatia


    Host report by Toby & Janette Mace

    The Valamar Diamant hotel is a scenic twenty-minute walk from the harbour town of Porec, through pretty landscaped gardens and pine trees (housing red squirrels) along the water’s edge. Porec has an impressive basilica overlooking the harbour, with Roman remains and a large floor mosaic. There’s also a rooftop bar on top of a squat old tower, with great views. Great for a sundowner (Aperol spritz if you’re asking).

    We organised three excursions, first driving to two hill towns to see how they had coped in very different ways with depopulation over the years. One is now an artists’ haven, and the other derelict and abandoned. The day ended with a typical Croatian meal, where we bought homemade produce – the grappa was pronounced to be very smooth! Mistletoe grappa is also a speciality.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Sardinia


    Host report by Barry & Maggie Watts

    The Greeks called it Hyknusa or Ichnussa (Ιχνουσσα), from the greek Ichnos (footprint of human foot) because of its similarity to a large footprint (how would they know?) Sardinia takes its name from the Latin (or Roman).

    Le Ginestre Hotel


    Sardinia, like many other parts of the Mediterranean, saw Phonecian, Carthaginian then Roman rule. However, its history is much longer than most. From Neolithic times the Nuragic civilisation lived on the island and the population today still includes 7,000 Nuraghe. In 1979 human remains were found that dated back to 150,000 BC.

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  • Director's Report from the Bridge Room in Paestum



    This hand occurred in the first night of the Swiss Pairs. Whether or not South chooses to bid diamonds East/West should end up in 4♠. Auctions 1 and 2 show two possible routes to this contract.

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  • IMPORTANT NOTICE- Ryan Air Flights & Bridge Holidays

    We would like to reassure our customers who are due to travel with Ryan Air between now and the end of March 2018, that our bridge holidays have not been affected by their recent flight cancellations. We have received a list of all the flight routings that have been cancelled for the whole duration, and the only one that could impact on any of our bridge holidays is the cancellation of their flight from Newcastle to Faro.

  • News from Bridge in Slovenia with Tom Townsend


    The impressive Grand Hotel, Portoroz (Port of Roses) boasts a fabulous position overlooking the Bay of Trieste. As a Lifeclass hotel it offers a variety of spa and wellness facilities with a choice of thermal and sea water pools. These were popular with many of the guests as the weather was too unkind to allow many opportunities for sea swimming. The hotel restaurant served a wide range of excellent food and the integral coffee lounge situated on the promenade was a bonus for drinks and snacks at lunchtime.

    Portoroz is a bustling coastal resort ideally situated for exploring the area. An easy coastal walk or short bus ride into the old town of Piran with its Venetian style buildings, cathedral and quaint passageways, was a popular destination. Many guests were treated to the spectacle of the Slovenian Royal Navy’s inauguration of new recruits. Pirate costumes, acrobats and flag changing were amongst the entertainment.

    A trip to the Lipica Stud Farm to see the world famous Lipizzaner horses performing was a real highlight and even the driving rain didn’t spoil the enjoyment.

    A second tour took in the splendour of Postojna caves with a train ride deep into the heart of the cave system to see stalagmites and stalactites that had been millions of years in the making.

    A proposed walk to Isola had to be postponed due to the inclement weather.

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