2016 Trip to Ethiopia

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Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, and Gondar


Lucy, the first discovered Australopithecus. Biblical scenes painted on the walls of Narga Selassie monastery on Lake Tana. Priest of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian church. Fasiladas' Palace in Gondar

The World Hertitage Site Royal Enclosure contains a variety of historic buildings. African cherubs adorn the ceiling of Debre Birhan Selassie church. Prayer sticks used to rest on during long services.

Simien Mountains National Park


A male Gelada Baboon. Female and juvenile of the species. A troop of baboons passing by. The views from the park are breathtaking.

Thicked Billed Raven.





Aksum, Mele and Wukro


Descending from the highlands into the region of Tigray. Stelae dating back to the third century. The Great Stele likely fell during its erection in the forth century. Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu.

Timothy emerging from a tomb. Ethiopia's third century Rosetta Stone, inscribed with Sabaean, Ge'ez and Greek. Illustrated Ethiopian Orthodox Christian bible.

Ethiopia is the home of coffee and has developed an intricate coffee ceremony. Our trip coincided with the harvest and so witnessed much threshing and winnowing. Medhane-alem Adi Kasho church is one of Tigray's oldest rock-hewn churches.

Sunset on the climb down from the church. Abraha We Atsbeha church with its Italian portico addition. Inside, its rock hewn origins are revealed. Speckled Pigeon

Greater Blue-eared Glossy Starling and Mockin Chat on a distinctive Ethiopian cross. The semi-monolithic church of Wukro Cherkos. On the way to market.



Bet Medhane Alem is the largest rock hewn church in the world. Fine carving inside rock hewn Bet Marayam. Our shoe keeper kept our shoes (and hats) safe while we explored the churches. Shoes off, shoes on!

Bet Meskel chapel carved into a courtyard wall. Ben Abeba restaurant. Seussian architecture; delicious food.

Bet Abba Libanos church, attached to the rock by only its roof and floor. Bet Amanuel church. Bet Giyorgis church.

Carved fifteen metres into solid rock.

Does this ass make my mule look big? At 3,150 meters, the priests of Ashetam Maryam believe they are closer to heaven. Examples of the varied and intricately designed Ethiopian crosses. Enjoying the view of Abune Yosef mountain.
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