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April 2009

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    Can someone give me some ideas of places to go/things to do in Bali other than the parties in Kuta?

    You're in luck! There's loads to do in Bali apart from the "Kuta party scene". I've been a number of times and never even ventured in to a loud backpacker bar or nightclub. Here's a few of the things I love to do: Hire a car and driver and pick a few key places to visit - Lake Bratan (temple on the lake), Tirta Ganga (water palace), Git-Git Waterfalls, any number of temples....or if you're confident hire a car and drive yourself and just cruise around....see where you end up! Get up early and walk around the quiet streets as the locals wake up and start their day. Or head out in to the rice fields and find someone to shimmy up a coconut tree to get you a drink! Find a nice cafe or restaurant to sit in for an afternoon. Read, drink iced tea, watch the world go by, talk to the staff. Go to a cooking class and learn how to make Balinese dishes, meet new people and then have a fabulous self-made lunch! Get a massage. Visit any number of great restaurants and eat REALLY well for not a lot of cash. is a great resource. Do something active (to burn off the calories from the night before at said restaurant). Climb a volcano, do a bike tour through the villages, go on a snorkeling day trip, horse riding, trekking through the jungle, white water rafting....there's loads of options. Pretty much, whatever you like to do to relax and have fun can be done in Bali and at far more reasonable price then in Australia, in a balmy climate and surrounded by the gentle-natured Balinese who are hospitable and friendly. You will be moved by their spirit and generosity of spirit. When I first thought of going to Bali I was put off by the so called party scene, and sure it's there but you can easily avoid it. Don't stay in Kuta. Choose Legian, Seminyak when down south and then head for the hills (Ubud) or to a quiet seaside village (Amed). Go - you will love it! over 11 years ago

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    Can you recommend any mid-range restaurants in Sydney that accomodate large dinner parties?

    Perama Greek restaurant in Petersham is fantastic. The food is wonderful and they accommodate larger groups (though I don't know the maximum number). The banquet is an easy way to keep things simple with ordering, and includes BYO wine corkage. almost 11 years ago

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    Best Greek restaurants in Melbourne CBD?

    Hellenic Republic is fantastic. Classic Greek dishes presented in a modern way. A lovely bright and vibrant atmosphere, good service and a great selection of Greek wine. Brunch on the weekend is one of my favourite times to go and it's easy to roll up at that time without a reservation. At all other times you would be well advised to make a booking. Not exactly in the CBD, but a short tram or taxi ride out. Well worth it. over 10 years ago