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  • News from the Bridge Room in Cyprus 2017

    Host report by Pauline Durie:

    Cyprus - the beautiful island of Aphrodite legend saw us return for an enjoyable two weeks of bridge and more. A change of hotel due to renovation did not disappoint. The Pioneer Beach has excellent facilities. The bridge room easily accommodated our 16 tables of enthusiastic bridge players. The outdoor pool looks beautiful though very few hardy souls used it! The indoor pool was far more popular especially the weekly aquafit session. Other activities included line dancing and tango lessons as well as the opportunity to make and sample frappe and cocktails. The bowls programme was well received by many and honours were shared in the many matches played. Even the wind didn’t deter them. Many guests enjoyed a walk along the promenade to Paphos harbour with its range of bars, restaurants and gift shops taking in the splendour of the spring flowers coming into full bloom along the way. The harbour is also home to the famous mosaics some of which are almost complete. Something for everyone.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Malta

    Host's report by Barry & Maggie Watts:

    For the first time visitor to Malta the island is a revelation. From the moment you fly over Malta’s airport you are immersed in the island’s history. From the air the island’s geology seems simple; it is a golden limestone and virtually all the buildings are built of this material. Seven Neolithic temples built 1000 years before the Egyptian pyramids, churches, palaces and fortresses of all kinds most noticeably the huge fortifications built in the 16th Century by the Knights of St John seem to be grown organically from the base rock.

    Throughout history the island’s strategic position in the centre of the Mediterranean has made it a prize for a succession of occupying cultures from every part of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Today the population of the islands is a mix of all these cultures. The Maltese language is based on that of the earliest Arab inhabitants yet today most of the people speak English and many still consider themselves to be English regardless of Malta’s status as an independent member of the EU. As usual the bridge programme was interwoven with tours of this fascinating island.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Lanzarote

    Host's report by Fran Keene, Liz Farrar and Judy Petran:

    The weather was cooler than last year (it rained twice) and it was quite amazing to watch the landscape turn green and produce flowers so quickly after the rain. However, guests were able to have breakfast in the sun outside most days – unlike the UK!

    On one evening, we all sat down together in the Italian restaurant, the Dolce Vita, for a delightful meal with wine, enjoyed by all – the bridge was extremely relaxed that evening!

    Once again we must mention that the bridge room is one of the best and most comfortable we have enjoyed and the bridge was well attended, afternoons as well as the evenings. The hotel activities were wide ranging and well supported by the group. Particular mention must be made of one of our most senior members winning the table tennis tournament against all comers, young and old. Awesome!

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  • News from the Bridge Room in the Algarve

    Host's report by Rob Richardson:

    The Holiday Inn, Algarve is a small friendly hotel about 45 min transfer from Faro Airport. The entire holiday, apart from one day, was blessed with warm sunny weather of the kind that we get in the UK in late spring (this comment does not apply in the case of our 2 guests from the Hebrides). There was such a full programme of bridge and hotel activities that we only managed to fit in one excursion, but it was to the end of the World. I should explain that this is Cape St.Vincent, the South West tip of mainland Europe which was considered to be the end of the World by the locals in the middle ages.

    The main bridge session each day attracted between 12 and 14 tables, and it was was nice to see many different winners. This may be in part due to the complimentary wine with the evening meal and the very swift and enthusiastic wine waiter. The hotel particularly excelled itself on the two gala evenings, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

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  • News From the Bridge Room in Madeira

    Host report by Barry & Maggie Watts

    Have some madeira, m'dear
    You really have nothing to fear
    I'm not trying to tempt you, that wouldn't be right
    You shouldn't drink spirits at this time of night
    Have some madeira, m'dear

    Madeira, roughly 500 miles south of Portugal and 500 miles west of Morocco, was one of the first discoveries of Henry the Navigator in 1419 but it is now discovered by over a million tourists a year. The Capital, Funchal, historically a safe port for vessels heading to South Africa and South America is today a popular stopover for commercial and trans-Atlantic passenger cruises between Europe, the Caribbean and North Africa. Continue reading

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