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Jan 14, 2018 - Axum

We will continue our drive to Axum through beautiful countryside via the Tekeze River. This is a long day of driving but through stunning scenery (285km - up to 10 hours). Overnight at Yared Zema Hotel or similar. The northern town of Axum is reputed to have been the capital of the legendary Queen of Sheba, in the 10th century BC. Once a great city and the capital of a powerful empire around the time of the birth of Christ, it is thought by some to be one of the great civilisations of antiquity, controlling the all- important trade routes...

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Trip around Ethiopia

Jan 13, 2018 - From Simien Mountains to Axum

The Simien Mountains were formed by different geological Events from volcanic action and erosion to different movements in the tectonic plates. All this makes the scenery attractive and unique. Besides the vegetarian baboons there is a wealth of wildlife. There is little agriculture; although the soil appears to be fertile there is a lack of water or irrigation and the day /night variation in temperature from 25 degrees centigrade to 0 and even under is too great a variant. Fortunately the lodge provided hot water bottles which made it...

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Mar 6, 2012 - Axum

Tuesday 6th March Mekele to Axum Up early today. Set off around 7am from our nice hotel in Mekele to head north to first look at the rock hewn churches of Tigray. They are located quite a distance off the road and are built into the cliff faces. There are many of these churches in this area and you have to pay to go in each one (usually between 50 and 100 Ethiopian Birr – about $3-$6 each). It took about 2 ½ hours to get to the first church and we parked the truck at the bottom of the hill and walked up. There were many children attaching...

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Feb 12, 2012 - Axum

Sunday 12th February Axum (or Aksum) was the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Axum, which was once one of the most powerful in the ancient world. It was economically, politically and technically advanced and at times had control over both sides of the Red Sea. Axum was also the origin of Christianity in Ethiopia and is believed many (especially Ethiopians) to be the resting place of the Ark of the Covenant. We learned, on the first monastery visit, on the island in Lake Tana, that all churches in Ethiopia have an inner sanctum, in which...

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Ethiopia 2012

Mar 5, 2011 - Axoum

Unser Flieger startet um 9 Uhr – nach 1,5 Stunden und einem Zwischenstopp in Lalibela erreichen wir Aksum, die Hauptstadt des alten Königsreiches, das vom 4. bis 6. Jahrhundert zu den mächtigsten Zivilisationen der damaligen Zeit zählte. Check in im Hotel und Organisation eines lokalen Touristenführers, der uns die nächsten 24 Stunden durch die Vergangenheit und die Gegenwart führen wird. Erste Attraktion am Nachmittag ist das große Feld mit den großen Obelisken, die hier vor über 1500 Jahren aufgestellt wurden und teilweise sogar heute...

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Dec 1, 2009 - Raiders of the Lost Ark

I woke up early this morning as the sun filtered through the curtains. It was the first time since arriving in Ethiopia that I wasn’t jolted awake by an alarm. My substitute residence in Lalibela had turned out to be quite pleasant. There was no hot water during my stay but that was due to the solar heater. It had been unseasonably rainy. The rain seems to have followed me all the way to Axum. Fortunately it held off for most of my day tour here. Axum is the original capitol of Ethiopia. It’s far in the north near the Eritrean border. I...

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Lebanon & Ethiopia

Feb 12, 2008 - Axum

Lalibela to airport took half an hour via taxi, saw a ground hornedbill on the way as well as later betw the airstrips...huge black bird that kind of wobbles when it walks! Had brfst at airport while waiting, loaded at 10 and took off. Saw deep canyons & ravines w/ steep vertical walls, plateaus of dry croplands & sparcely forested mtns. & slopes. Quite obviously the remains of forestlands since some patches of dense forest remain either on steeper or remote areas. From the air I see thin lines of water snaking thru 2 to 3 major valleys...

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Jun 2, 2007 - Axum

La unica forma de ir de Gondar a Axum, aparte de volar, era en bus, y termino siendo el "bus from hell". Fuimos a la estacion a las 5am, sin pasaje comprado, y como eramos 'ferenjis' (extranjeros) nos hicieron pasar primero que todos y pudimos escoger los asientos en el bus. Una hora mas tarde empezo el caos y como 50 personas o mas se subieron al bus, ademas de paquetes, maletas, maletines, bebitos, etc. Resulto muy incomodo. A las 7am aprox partimos rumbo a Shire. El camino subia y bajaba y volvia a subir y a bajar las montanhas, a una...

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