Category Archive: Ethiopia

Sep 11 2010

Ethiopia: conclusions and tips

21 days; lowest elevation 1.885m at Harar; highest elevation 3.250 at Sankaber, Simien Mountains; 1 domestic flight (Aksum – Addis Ababa); endless hours of bus; 1 trek; many baboons pictures; 0 chat and 0 turista 🙂 ; What I liked MOST One of my most exotic countries ever visited; 13 months of sun 🙂 Mountains in Ethiopia; Ethiopia is …

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Sep 10 2010

Visiting Lucy! (at Addis Ababa)

The first vestiges related to our origins can be found back to 5.3 – 4 Millions of years ago. The Paleontologist discoveries grow in number during the Middle Pliocene, 4-3 Millions of years ago. From this period the most famous discovery is Lucy, a fossilized hominid found in Awash Valley in 1974. I was very curious …

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Sep 08 2010

Looking for the Ark of the Covenant (at Aksum)

The Aksumite kingdom was born in the north of Ethiopia by the I century BC. Situated on an important trading crossroad, it quickly became a wealthy civilisation who did business with countries like Egypt, Arabia and India and had its own currency. Aksumite society was rich and well organised and worshiped solar and lunar gods. Today, some huge stelae still …

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Sep 05 2010

Ethiopian Food (and other local customs)

Tejj is the basis of Ethiopia’s diet. With this cereal Ethiopians prepare the Injera, a kind of tort which you will find everywhere accompanying all kind of meat and vegetables. Maybe there are different ways to prepare it because depending on the area where I was, Injera’s color was darker. Texture is funny but it does not have a special …

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Sep 03 2010

Simien Mountains

The National Park of Simien Mountains is a great break during the Historical Route. Gorgeous valleys, canyons, rivers and mountains . . . at an average altitude of 3.300m are a delight for photographers and trekkers. In Simien Mountains you will also find three endemic animal species of Ethiopia: Walias, Simien Jakals and the so funny Baboons. I decided to do …

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Sep 02 2010

The Camelot of Africa

After Lalibela, my Ethiopian journey took me North to Gondar, in the Ahmara Region. In 1636 This small and secondary village was chosen by King Fasiladas to build his Empire. He converted Gonder in a beautiful and wealthy city with several imposing castles and forty four churches. His successors went on with the construction of the …

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Aug 31 2010

Lalibela : second group of churches and Beta Giyorgis Church

On the following day, I visited the second group of churches. This complex includes Biet Abba Libanos, Biet Emmanuel, Biet Mercurios, Biet Lehem and Biet Gabriel Raphael, all linked through a variety of inner passages and tunnels. It is very different from the first group, let’s say more chaotic in its organisation, and some buildings …

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Aug 30 2010

Lalibela Churches

The journey from Dahir Bahr to Lalibela (2.630m altitude) is an experience by itself. The holy town of Ethiopia was almost inaccessible for centuries, protected as it is by the mountain chains of Lasta Region. Even if the town has become more accessible recently and one can travel comfortably (well more or less!) by minibus, the winding and …

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Aug 29 2010

Nile Outlets and Tis Isat Falls

On the skirts of Mount Gishe there is a small stream called Gilgel Abay (Small River in Ahmaric). The Ethiopian tradition considers this stream as the source of the Abay Wenz (Big River) or Blue Nile River and a small church built nearby testified that. The birth of the Blue Nile was until only few years ago …

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Aug 27 2010

Lake Tana Churches

Lake Tana is not only interesting for its natural beauties: its more than twenty islands were also the spiritual retirement of orthodox monks. Between XVI and XVII centuries many monasteries and churches were built in Lake Tana. The oldest of these forty or so churches have their origins in the XIVth century. They reflect the native building …

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