Host report by Kathy Williams:
We drove from Venice airport across the flat plains towards the Dolomites. Everywhere we looked there were vines by the thousands but not yet in leaf. On arrival at the Villa Luppis we were given an excellent buffet lunch. At our four course dinner we had two vouchers each for drinks and a free bottle of water. Our first evening of bridge.
A day getting to know the Villa and walking around its beautiful grounds. Fountains, pools, lawns and trees. Some walked along the riverside. A seminar and two sessions of bridge.
A visit to Sacile also known as little Venice with its rivers and bridges. A very pretty town with many interesting buildings and churches. Dinner and bridge.
We had heard that the market in Oderzo was not to be missed so arranged our own coach to take us there. We were not disappointed! The whole town had been taken over by hundreds of market stalls. From clothes to jewellery to fresh fruit I think we all managed to buy something. Afternoon bridge, a seminar and Swiss pairs rounded off our day.
Another half day excursion this time to two vineyards. Paladin was our first stop with a tour of the cellars followed by a very generous tasting of four wines plus a chocolate liqueur. We merrily tripped back to the coach for our second stop at the Pitars vineyard. Another tour including the vines and then to the serious job of tasting. Bread, cheese and the local meat pitina was supplied to go with some excellent wines and prosecco. An extremely enjoyable day and we even managed to play bridge that night.
A lazy day after three days out. Seminar, two sessions of bridge and a pasta bolognese (you have to have one in Italy) for lunch.
A full day in the wonderful city of Venice. The coach took us to the little monorail which took us to the plaza Roma. We walked to St Marks Square through lots of beautiful winding streets and bridges stopping for lunch along the way. The sun was shining so we caught the water bus back to the coach along the Grand Canal. A fabulous day followed by evening bridge.
A full days excursion firstly to the fantastic Castello di Roncade, a 16th century villa enclosed by castle style walls. The grounds had huge wonderful cedar and magnolia trees. The proud owner gave us a tour and we then had a wine tasting of prosecco and wines. We then stopped at the town of Treviso with a tour around the town and squares. All the shops were open and there was a market. On the way back to the villa for dinner and bridge I noticed that the vines had all come into leaf.
A well deserved rest day. The weather was beautiful so lots of us sitting in the gardens. Two sessions of bridge and a bit of packing. A great holiday with a lovely group.
Director’s report by Eddie Williams:
Championship Pairs Qualifying
West Dealer – all vul
These were some of the auctions:
As is the norm with these distributional hands we get many different auctions. I certainly don’t want to comment on some of them, draw your own conclusions.
Even the last auction where E/W play Pinpoint Astro as their defence to a weak No-trump they still didn’t find the sacrifice of five-hearts. It would seem auction 3 has the most merit.