Arena Travel Blog

  • News from the Bridge Room in Menorca 2017

    Host report by Toby Mace:

    This 2 week holiday is a well-known First For Bridge fixture. The first week is spent in the 5 star La Quinta Hotel on the Western side of the island. This offered chances to visit the old capital and very scenic town Ciutadella. You can navigate by bus or hire car to plentiful unspoilt sandy beaches in the area ripe for a quick swim. The water at this time of year is perfect in the hotel outdoor pool or the sea (with only a smattering of jelly fish to watch out for, but thankfully none in the pool!).

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  • Textile History of Japan

    It’s no secret that a country as culturally rich and beautiful as Japan has an equally detailed textile history to match, so we’ve put a short history together for you to get a taste for these mesmerising textiles! Japanese textiles are world-famous for their intricate design and beautiful colour pallets, which have been evolving for centuries, yet still retain much of their original style and technique.

    Japanese textile designers and weavers have always used a variety of materials including silk, hemp, ramie, cotton and other fibres coupled with an array of weaves and decorative treatments. Read on to find out more about what an important role textiles have played for this stunning country, just waiting for you to discover.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Sicily

    Host report by Pauline Durie:

    Sicily is a beautiful island of rolling green hills interspersed with a few vast plains growing oranges and lemons amongst others. Agriculture is the way of life here and the food reflects this. Apparently some of the cattle seen grazing on the hillside are world famous for producing the best beef. As you drive from the airport to the resort you are already enamoured by the scenery and then arrive at a hotel that surely has one of the most beautiful settings on the island. Flowers of all colours and species are the highlight in the spacious gardens and strolling around these was popular. The large pool complex with its islands of trees and flowers was probably the most popular feature. The beach was a few metres from the pool and several guests enjoyed swimming in the sea.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in the Rhine Valley


    A message from Tom Townsend:

    "I hope you all had a superb time in the Rhine Valley, and a safe journey home. It was good to meet you there, and talk about bridge and other things.
    We had three seminars. As well as discussing a few hands from your tournaments, we worked our way through my problem sheets on opening leads. E-mail me if you would like to receive these, or if you ever have what you feel may be suitable material for my Daily Telegraph column: I'm always pleased to hear from my readers.
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  • New Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017

    New Laws of Duplicate Bridge 2017

    To keep-up with the evolution of the game, the WBF undertakes a review of the Laws every ten years or so. The 2007 Law Book will now be replaced with a new 2017 version. The 2017 law changes come into affect this summer and will be used in EBU tournaments by August and be adopted in clubs by September. Everyone is required to introduce the new law by the end of September, therefore, Arena Travel will be using the new laws in its Autumn programme.

    Further information on the changes can be found at the EBU website.

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