The Rest of the Story....Sort of
I have been seriously lacking in my blogging responsibilities! So much has happened since my last post that I can hardly remember back to the trip!!!! So here is my solution, since you all want to see the pictures I will post them and just caption what is happening in sequential order. Hopefully that will spark some memories and stories from the trip!!!!
|With out a doubt, the best hotel we stayed in the entire trip!|
These next couple of shots are the Tigre region. I took these as we were driving. This part of Ethiopia is beautiful!!!
The temple of Yeha is the oldest standing structure in Ethiopia. As you can see my children did not really care to investigate. Hanging out with the driver was more fun than visiting ancient buildings...Come on kids!! We are like Indiana Jones here!!! Lets GO! Yeha Temple
|Not even sure how ancient this Bible is but I can tell you its OLD!!!!|
|Jake pretending that he is an Ethiopian Orthodox Priest.|
|The inside of the Yeha Temple|
Welcome to Aksum!!! This place was amazing!!!! I can not believe that I had never heard of the Stella in Aksum. These rival the pyramids for coolness. The stella are carved from one SINGLE rock!!!! It is believed that these enormous stella mark the graves of ancient kings. Yes we got to go inside of the tombs!
|Tombs under the stella|
Ezana inscription and has three languages carved into it. Sabaean, Geez (pronounced guh-ez) and Greek. Geez is the language of the Ethiopian Church and all masses are conducted in Geez. Sabaean is the original language of the Aksumite kingdom, Geez comes from Sabaean and Ahmaric from Geez.
|The church of St. Mary's. This was built to give the women a place to worship. Most of the churches in Aksum have a no girls allowed rule!!!! The above pictures are art work from inside of this church.|
Next we stayed at an eco-lodge that is on the way to Gonder. This place was beautiful but it was FREEZING! 9,000 ft elevation located in the Simian mountains! Absolutely breath taking!
|The inside of the Tukul that we stayed in, no space heater, very cold!|
|Not too shabby, seen and used worse!|
|Those are bee boxes that the owner of the lodge purchased to help re-forestation.|
|Our guide Bahaptou.|
Next stop, Gondar!!! This is a really neat city with some cool history that you can look at by following the link. The hotel here was really nice. We actually had 2 rooms!!!! It was amazing!!! Jake only nearly died one time. He found some stairs that were not blocked in anyway and followed the stairs to the ROOF! He just climbed on up and then peered over the edge to his near death! I about DIED!! Seriously! What is with this kid?!
|Ambo! Discovered this drink on our trip to Harar and fell in love! It's just sparkling water but it makes me happy!|
|Lion cages at Gondar Castle, yes we put Jake inside!|
|The inside of our rooms in Gondar|
|Our Hotel in Bahir Dar|
Bahir Dar was our last stop! Bahir Dar is very warm and wet! It is the resort town of Ethiopia. They actually have working street lights here and the roads are well kept and straight! It was a little shocking to tell you the truth.
The head waters of the Blue Nile river are in Bahir Dar. The name of the lake that feeds the river is lake Tana. We took a boat across the lake to visit some Monasteries there.
Every Orthodox church has a Holy of Holies which houses a replica of the Ark of the Covenant
Walking across the Blue Nile River! AMAZING! I never would have guessed that I'd visit the head waters of the famous Nile River!
|Jake is behind that bar hanging out with all of the wait staff!|
|Ethiopian Church Bells|
|Future Visitor's Center|
|Monastery in Bahir Dar|
Ok let me explain this one. I knew that we'd be visiting a church, so I thought "I don't want to wear shoes that are hard to take off, so flip flops are a great option". Ok BAD IDEA!!! I had to stop every 15 ft and scrape the mud off of my shoes! On my way back while carrying Jake I slipped and fell flat on my butt into the mud!!!! shudder....
|Hippo!!! There were about 4 of them on the lake that day!|
|Water taxi...no really that is what that is!|
|Our market guide|
|Blue Nile River|
Okay friends and Family I know that was a whirl wind blog post but if I didn't just get it done I would never do it! The next post will be back to the normal funny craziness that you have come to expect! Until next time!!!
- Wear apropriate foot wear!!!
- Keep a close eye on crazy baby boys!
- Watch out for the wild life
- Post on your blog very soon after a big trip!