Arena Travel Blog

  • News from the Bridge Room in the French Chateau 2017

    Host report by Pauline and Nigel Durie:

    This beautiful chateau is situated on the edge of the Rhone Alps in the Savoie region of France and provides spectacular views from all directions. Accommodation is in three chateau buildings and all rooms are different. All are close to dining and bridge facilities. The bridge room itself is bright and air conditioned. The weather was beautiful, after a cloudy first few days, and afternoon bridge provided a cool relief for some. We were treated to exceptional service and gourmet food on the terrace with wine provided by the host from the chateau’s cellars. The owner of the chateau hosted a wine tasting with several very palatable wines to sample and a range of canapes to accompany them.

    The chateau grounds invite you to sit and enjoy the scenery (including the occasional bride!) and the pool was well used by many. A wonderful place to simply relax, swim, read a good book, discuss bridge hands and to generally enjoy the warm sunshine. A short walk into Challes Les Eau offered the opportunity to visit the shops or stroll around the lake by the small airfield. Some guests were delighted to have the chance to try gliding whilst others ventured further afield to enjoy a couple of rounds of golf.

    The included tours to Chambery, to visit the chateau and the market, and to Aix Les Bains were enjoyed by most guests. The bells of the chateau ring twice a month and we were fortunate that we were there to hear the music whilst sitting in the warm sunshine. Our tour guides were very keen to share the history of the region which really brought the area to life. The boat trip on Lac du Bourg (the second largest in France) at Aix Les Bains culminated in a visit to the very impressive Abbaye de Hautecombe – home to a growing community of young people and to some beautiful works of art.

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  • Top 10 Cutest Animals in Knitwear

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    It wouldn’t be a real British Summertime without near-freezing temperatures and with summer passing us by, it’s almost time to be thinking about wrapping up warm again. But it’s not just us humans who feel the chill, our furry friends need a helping hand every now and again too. We’ve rounded up the cutest animals we could find – oh, and they’re all wearing knitwear, what’s not to love!

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Lake Bled 2017

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    Host report by Rob Richardson:

    Slovenia is a small country in the Alps. It was part of Yugoslavia, and earlier the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is the world's first officially recognised green country. The Hotel Park overlooks both Lake Bled and the castle, which sits atop a very high rock on the opposite side of the lake. The area is noted for scenery, rowing and Bled cake (flaky pastry, custard and whipped cream) . As there appeared to be no interest in rowing amongst our guests, and the scenery spoke for itself, the bridge staff concluded that we ought to research the best place for our guests to sample the Bled cake. This onerous task was performed diligently in the Brown Bear most lunchtimes.

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  • Expert Corner: Juliet Bernard

    This month we chat to our knitting expert Juliet Bernard who gives us a quick insight to her life as a designer. Juliet will be tutoring on our magical German Christmas Market Cruise visiting many magical Rhine towns and will give visitors the chance to shop ‘til they drop in the iconic Christmas markets of Cologne. Juliet gives us the low-down on her trip, talks about her perfect Christmas (ok, we know its June but all this talk of Christmas markets has got us feeling festive!) and gives us some top knitting tips!

    Juliet, we are super excited to have you tutor on our Christmas Market knitting cruise. Which part of the trip are you most looking forward to and why?

    I am so delighted to have been asked to teach on this cruise. In Germany, Christmas is just magical and the celebrations start from the first Advent Sunday. My mum is German so we were brought up with all their wonderful traditions. I am looking forward to choosing some new decorations for my tree at the Christmas markets as well as showing our guests how to make a few of their own.
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  • 10 reasons why knitting is good for you!

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    We all know that hobbies are a great way to relax and escape from the day to day stresses of life. In case you ever wondered just how good enjoying your favourite hobby could be, we’ve put together a list of ways that knitting can make you healthier and happier!

    From providing a craft-focused mindfulness to gentle muscle toning, we can guarantee that there will be a number of unexpected benefits to knitting that never crossed your mind!

    1. It improves your concentration

      Knitting involves high levels of concentration, ensuring you don’t stitch off the beaten track and stick to your pattern! It also requires imagination to visualise your finished product, so is a great way to give your brain a work out across your motor cortex, frontal and occipital lobes.

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