There’s nowhere quite like Melbourne for taste and elegance – elegant surroundings, gracious people, magnificent food…the list goes on and on.
My bridge holidays always attract a diverse collection of interesting people who come along to enjoy the lovely bridge room, the camaraderie, the lessons and games, and, not to forget, the food and drinks too!
This year in March we’ll be at The Langham Hotel again. It’s in the terrific position of Southbank, surrounded by shops and restaurants, and is one of the best places to go.
The girls at Travel Phase plan the holiday with me months beforehand, then go the extra mile (!) to make everyone comfortable. We start with a cocktail party to give people a chance to meet others before the bridge starts, and that inevitably breaks the ice. Then there’s a relaxed game for people to find sometimes both their feet and new bridge partners!
Each morning, after a deliciously filling breakfast, I give two bridge lessons, six in total. This year I’m covering new developments in bidding, designed to make things easier, and also some brand new play lessons with defence thrown too.
Because bridge holidays contain people of vastly different playing backgrounds, I make the lessons multilevel, never too complicated, never too easy. My philosophy is that a topic should be understood at a fundamental level before moving on. We need to understand why we’re doing things, not just to be told to learn a menu of (boring) rules! And of course, people are there to PLAY bridge, so all lessons offer play before more hands in the afternoon duplicate.
After the game there’s the chance to enjoy a pre-dinner drink and discuss hands, then dinner and either another game or just some laid back non-bridge fun. It really doesn’t matter how much or how little bridge you play, but most people want to because after all, that’s what they’re there for!
So, come and try it out for yourself at the Langham in March. There’ll be people from many places, and please don’t feel that you’re too “new” to bridge. It won’t matter, I guarantee you’ll learn heaps and have a ball, and you’ll still be on a high when you get home!