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Gavin Manerowski | Exploring the Cuisine of Bali

The name Bali conjures up images of golden sands and azure blue seas, and with good reason – this pretty Indonesian island lies just 8 degrees south of the equator, and is part of an area known as the Coral Triangle, that which hosts the richest diversity of marine species in the world. As an island province of neighbouring Indonesia, Bali has its own distinct identity, and nowhere is this more apparent than in its cuisine.

Seasoned travellers such as Gavin Manerowski know that some of the most authentic local dishes in Bali are to be found at the street-side snack bars and mobile cafes.  Typically catering for the locals, these vendors offer cheap, fresh-cookeGavin Manerowskid meals prepared using traditional methods, and are often strikingly different from the tourist fare served in restaurants and hotels. Local Balinese palates demand a more authentic taste than the typical Indonesian and Chinese dishes favoured by the standard traveller.

Bali is not a rich nation, and everyday eating is a functional affair; the meals are simple, wholesome and nutritious, and flavoured with spicy condiments. It is during festivals that the Balinese flair for food really comes into its own. Festival dishes are painstakingly prepared, and are often elaborate and beautifully presented – suckling pig is a favourite Balinese festival dish.

Bumbu Bali is one restaurant on the island that stands out from the crowd. In a delightfully authentic setting, guests are treated to the only menu on the island that lists traditional Balinese foods, prepared using ancient methods. As the majority of islanders are Hindu, beef is rarely eaten in Bali, with pork and chicken being favoured as the meat alternatives. Basa gede is a spicy paste that forms the basis for the flavour of many traditional Balinese dishes, along with basa genep, another popular spice blend. Other common flavours in Balinese cuisine derive from tabia lala manis, a soy sauce rich with chillies.

Lawar is blend of chicken or park meat and blood, with chopped garlic coconut and chilli, and is very popular in Bali, as are sate lilit, formed by skewering pressed spiced mince onto a stick. Nasi Campur Bali is the traditional mixed rice found on the island, and refers to a dish of rice adorned with a range of nuts, eggs, meat and vegetables. For travellers like Gavin Manerowski, sampling the traditional foods of their travel destinations is one of the delights of travel, and with dishes such as these on offer in Bali, it is easy to see why.

The Five Great Lakes of North America

Canada is home to no fewer than 30,000 freshwater lakes. Littering the landscape these glittering pools offer not only outstanding natural beauty, but are also a great source of food and water for the country, and offer numerous Gavin Manerowski opportunities for recreational pursuits. Yet for travellers such as Gavin Manerowski, it is the five Great Lakes that hold the biggest allure. Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron, Superior and Michigan lie landlocked along the Canadian and US border, and collectively comprise the single largest body of freshwater on the planet. Their 6 quadrillion gallons of water accounts for one fifth of all the fresh water on Earth.

Lake Michigan

The name of this lake offers a clue as to its immense proportions, as ‘Michigan’ derives from the word ‘mishigami’, the Ojibwa Indian word for large lake. In fact it is only the third largest of the Great Lakes by surface area, but nevertheless spans an impressive 22,300 sqm. It is also the only one of the five Great Lakes that is situated entirely within US borders.

Lake Huron

Beating Lake Michigan on surface area by just 700 extra square miles, Lake Huron is the second largest of the Great Lakes. Dotted with numerous small islands, Lake Huron boasts the longest shoreline of all the lakes, at 3,827 miles. It is named after the Hurons, also known as the Wyandot Indians, who used to live along its shores.

Lake Erie

This long narrow lake is the shallowest of the five and the one which holds the least water. It is the fourth largest of the Great Lakes by surface area. Its name means ‘Long Tail’ in Iroquoian, a term that accurately describes its shape.

Lake Ontario

The smallest of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario has a surface area of 7,340 square miles. Its surface dimensions are comparable with those of Lake Erie, but it is exceptionally deep and consequently plays host to around four times the amount of water. Lake Ontario is situated at the base of Niagara Falls, and takes its name from the Huron word that means Lake of Shining Water.

Lake Superior

As its name suggests, Lake Superior is the most expansive of the Great Lakes by quite a large margin, and holds the largest volume of water. In fact, the name ‘Superior’ derived from the French ‘Lac Superior’, which simply means ‘upper lake’, and reflects its location north of Lake Huron.

There is no doubt that these glacially carved lakes have a magical quality that will continue to draw travellers like Gavin Manerowski to their shores. They have an enduring appeal, and form an integral part of the lives of the people who live beside them.

Gavin Manerowski | Best Tennis Holidays in Europe

For anyone who enjoys the thrill and challenge of a good game of tennis, combining this favorite sport with a holiday can be an appealing option. Those in search of tennis holidays have traditionally headed for Florida, which is Gavin Manerowski Tennishome to more tennis resorts than the whole of Europe combined. Enticing, but nevertheless a long haul destination, Florida is just not as convenient as Europe.

In recognition of this, short-haul tennis offerings have been increasing in number in recent years.  This offers UK-based tennis-lovers like Gavin Manerowski plenty of options to maximize their time on court, and keep their time in the air to a minimum. Here are three of the best tennis-orientated resorts and hotels available closer to home.

1: Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus

This quality tennis academy boasts four championship standard courts where guests can play against a backdrop of stunning Mediterranean views. The academy offers group lessons, individual tuition and even a partner-matching service for guests who wish to extend their time on court beyond the training sessions. For non-playing partners the resort has a tempting spa, and an immaculate golf course, and there is a choice of accommodation in the form of luxury apartments and villas, or a five-star hotel.

2: Abama, Tenerife

Tenerife has long labored under the misconception that it is a down-market resort, but appears to be deep in a period of reinvention. The luxurious resort at Abama offers and exclusive tennis club and golfing facilities, along with a sumptuous spa;  set on 395 acres and nestled between the mountains and the sea, the Abama resort is perfectly placed to offer guests the best of everything Tenerife has to offer. Daily tennis coaching in groups is available on a pick-and-mix option that can deliver up to six hours of guided court time each day, plus one-on-one lessons if desired.

3: La Manga, Murcia

The scale of this Spanish tennis heaven is quite staggering – with 28 courts there is no shortage of play time, and with the number of players on site it is easy to find opponents of a similar playing standard. After a nail-biting assessment on day one, course attendees are divided into groups of similar expertise for two-hourly coaching sessions each weekday morning. The rest of the time is dedicated to free play, or as much rest and relaxation as guests choose, perfect for travelers like Gavin Manerowski who enjoy exploring their holiday destination as well as indulging their love of the sport. This resort offers accommodation for a range of budgets, and also caters for children, with junior training sessions, and a handy crèche for the tiniest guests.



Gavin Manerowski | Greece in the Spring time

Greece is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations, and as such invests heavily in its tourism industry. For those wishing to travel to Greece, like regular holiday goer Gavin Manerowski, the country offers a multitude of options. Although there is sunshine galore in the spring, there are areas in the high mountains, including the dragon lakes that tend to attract more of a breeze.  The weather in Greece can get extremely hot, and therefore a spring time break rather than a summer excursion might appeal more to the holiday goer. Noted Greek enthusiast Gavin Manerowski particularly enjoys the 5,600 species of plants that can be admired across the country.

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Of course Greece is famous for its history as much as its present day appeals. The Ancient Greeks are largely renowned as one of the most intelligent collections of people to ever exist on planet earth, making huge discoveries about the world we live in, despite having nowhere near the technological advantages of the present day. Greek History can be followed back as far as the Stone Ages, with examples of Ancient Greek hunters being readily discovered and examined. Amongst the proud history of Ancient Greece is none other than Herodotus, a man known to many as the ‘father of history’. Today, we are able to learn about the Ancient Greeks and their time through his records, but also through things like temples, pottery and other objects of the time.

For people interested in Greece as a country, not simply a holiday location such as Gavin Manerowski it is important to look at the Economy.  A subject of ridicule in many of the EU countries, especially Great Britain and Germany, the Greek economy has faced some difficulty in recent years. Since adopting the euro, Greece has faced some difficulty in financial terms, and from 2010 onwards has been known for the “Greek debt crisis”. This debt crisis came about due to Greece and other countries borrowing large sums of money from banks without following the proper methods to denote this borrowing. The debt crisis continues today.

Gavin Manerowski | Being a tourist in America

America is a country, of course, but it is also a subject of conversation and debate to many all over the world. The country of America represents a huge global power, a political provocateur of all kinds of discussion across the globe, and of course a media-giant which inadvertently tells the rest of the world how to live their lives. The focus of this article will be on America as a tourist destination, a subject which is less often broached.

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The first thing to say about America as a tourist destination is, the place is huge. America is an enormous country, and many of the states individually represent huge chunks of land far bigger than other holiday destinations, so the choice of what to do on your trip is huge.  It is this hugely varied selection that appeals to the masses of tourists who travel to America each and every year. Noted America enthusiast Gavin Manerowski has enjoyed much of the country, including the fine state of Nevada.

Nevada is famously home to Las Vegas, a town internationally recognised for its hotels and casinos, but there is much more to enjoy about this desert location than just the night time entertainment. The Nevada terrain is some of the most impressive on the planet, featuring huge rock faces, cliffs and outcrops all across the state. In addition to the natural wonders the Springs Preserve is a great representation of history in Nevada, and something of particular interest to seasoned travellers such as Gavin Manerowski.

The activities are near-endless, including opportunities for extreme sky-diving, group tours and even “creative adventures” that take tourists on stunning walks through the Nevada countryside to see the beauty of the desert and learn about the proud Nevada history.

Of course there are a multitude of other states for those with an interest in America, like Gavin Manerowski, to visit, but Nevada is undoubtedly a great place to start. America’s sheer size provides the opportunity to experience a wealth of climates and cultures all within one country, in this respect the country is largely unparalleled.

Gavin Manerowski | Recreational tennis, grabbing Britain every Summer

Recreational tennis enjoys a boom each and every summer time during the Wimbledon tournament, but is there any real growth occurring in the sport in the Gavin Manerowskilong term? Like golf, tennis is a fantastic sport to be able to play recreational and can even be a good tool for social situations.

The national governing body for tennis “British Tennis” offer services to recreational players that allow people to locate courts, coaches and competitions easily. Equally all across suburban Britain, tennis courts can be seen flourishing with members and one-off players most evenings and weekends. For casual players with a simple interest in the sport like Gavin Manerowski represents a great way to stay fit and healthy, as well as enjoying time with others.

Tennis arrived in Britain with the middle classes, as a result of the industrial revolution, where there was more land available to the newly affluent factory owners and consequently they were able to engage in racket sports, at first in the form of play rather than competition.  Walter Wingfield developed the garden party version of the game, and made sets of rackets and balls available for purchase to the middle classes. The routes of tennis also consist in part of the sport Real Tennis, which was formed in the medieval period in Britain, and still exists on a small scale today.

Tennis clubs hold an appeal to people such as Gavin Manerowski for not only the social and health reasons, but also the convenience. Individual sports are often easier to join in the first instance, and hold many of the same social benefits as team sports anyway. British Tennis makes it easy for people to become involved at the grass-roots level, and consequently people like Gavin Manerowski are drawn into the sport. Once playing recreationally, there is a simple progression pathway into competition, which British Tennis also makes readily available to patrons of the game.

With the success of Brit’ Andy Murray, the sport has become more and more popular in Britain, and continues to receive time on television throughout the year.