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Nov 22, 2018 - Lalibela

07 Lalibela We are back in Vancouver. You can tell by the number of photos--we now have a decent internet connection. Lally bella - Translated as "the bees recognize his sovereignty" or, "bee eater" Our plane was only about half an hour late. Better than we had expected, given the fuss that was being made about the Presidents of Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea. We were glad we had left for the airport early; the roads were still open when we went through, although there was a really large military presence all along the roads leading to the...

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Jan 17, 2018 - Lalibela 17, 18 and 19 January

After an early breakfast start the journey to the town of Lalibela, through Amhara villages with a chance of meeting Tigray and Amhar people(440km-approx 9 hours). The small dusty town of Lalibela in the north of Ethiopia is home to some of Ethiopia’s most amazing sights, a collection of rock cut churches dating back hundreds of years. Often known as ‘Africa’s Petra’, Lalibela is a great centre of pilgrimage among Ethiopians, flocking here to worship, and during religious festivals is packed with priests and monks. Lalibela and the...

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Trip around Ethiopia

Mar 6, 2016 - 6 March 2016 - Lalibela

Our day started a bit slowly as our 7.30am start got delayed till 8.30am as cars had parked too close to the truck in the car park and we couldn't get the truck out. It took quite a while to find the owners and get them to move their cars. Our journey to Lalibela was through some amazing scenery and over some of the worst roads I have seen - the last 60km took us 3 hours due to major work on the road. But we reached Lalibela around 5pm and settled into our hotel with spectacular views of mountains and an electrical storm brewing. Today...

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Aug 20, 2013 - Lalibela

Wtorek, 20 sierpnia - Lalibela Po sniadaniu idziemy na targ. Dzis nie jest dzien targowy takze ludzi niewiele. Potem pod gore do gornej wioski w poszukiwaniu 'drug store'. W drodze powrotnej zwiedzamy tez muzeum religijne. Jest to mala ale iteresujaca ekspozycja. Miedzy innymi jest pokazana korona krola Lalibela oraz wiele egzemplarzy 500 letnich bibli. Po poludniu jeszcze jedna wizyta w kosciolach w wschodnim 'cluster'. Imponujace sa te podziemne, wykute w skale tunele prowadzace od jednego do drugiego kosciola.

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Aug 19, 2013 - Lalibela

Poniedzialek, 19 sierpnia - Lalibela Z samego rana (o 7 rano) wyruszam do kosciola St. Georges. Niestety jak tam docieram msza juz skonczona. Zaczynaja chyba o 4, 5 rano. Ale tez dlatego kosciol jest pusty i sprawia jeszcze wieksze wrazenie. Ten kosciol to olbrzymi (ponad 15 metrowy) krzyz wykuty w skale. Niesamowite jak czlowiek mogl cos takiego wykonac. Po poludniu zwiedzam wschodni 'cluster' kosciolow. Jest ich tam az szesc. Wiele z nich jest polaczona wykutymi w skale tunelami. Na niektorych widac resztki dawnych dekoracji w postaci...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Lalibela

Sobota, 18 sierpnia - Addis Abeba, Lalibela Lot mamy o 7 rano i na lotnisku jestesmy juz po 5 rano (taxi - 200 Birr). Jestesmy w Lalibela juz o 10. Na lotnisku decydujemy sie na noc w Helen hostel (100 Birr za jedynke). Koszt transportu do hostelu to 70 Birr. Hostel nieciekawy ale tani no i mamy 3 osobne pokoje. Od razu wyruszam w strone wykutych w skale kosciolow. W samym miasteczku jest ich 11 (wstep 50 U$ / osobe / 5 dni). Wykute z monolityczej skaly sprawiaja niesamowite wrazenie. Do dzis jest zagadka jak zostaly zbudowane. Wedlug...

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Mar 3, 2012 - Lalibela

Thursday 1st March Bahir Dar to Lalibela The plan today was to leave at around 8am but Gertie(the truck) wouldn't start as the batteries were flat, so we had to enlist the help of the whole group, hotel staff and other people to push the truck so that a minibus could pull in next to us and jump start the truck. After that was successfully achieved, we set off towards Lalibela approx 289km away. First we had to buy a new gas cylinder in Bahir Dar before we left. The drive to Lalibela was quite beautiful, first near Lake Tana then up into the...

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Feb 14, 2012 - Lalibela - Ashetan Maryam

Tuesday 14th February This morning was the part of the trip which had caused a fair amount of apprehension – a five hour round trip to a monastery, Ashetan Maryam, on the top of a mountain overlooking Lalibela. Part of it was to be on mules but part would be on foot and the altitude would make the climb on rocky paths very difficult. Some members of the group had said right from day one that they would be skipping this activity. I didn’t commit, but deep down, I knew that I couldn’t back out. The idea was that I would start and go as far as...

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Ethiopia 2012

Feb 13, 2012 - Lalibela

Monday 13th February Today we travelled the easy way – a short thirty minute flight to Lalibela. Check-in was at 9.0 am but, again, I was up early and so spent a little time on internet. I didn’t know when it would be available again. After that it was time for breakfast and there was still some time left over, which was great, as there were lots of interesting birds out on the terrace. So I had a nice little session of bird photography. The plane actually took off an hour early. Strict time schedules don’t seem to be important on Ethiopian...

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Ethiopia 2012

Jan 9, 2012 - Lalibela St George's

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND I will write about our experiences touring the Lalibela churches soon, but for some general information, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Ethiopia & Eritrea chapter on the Historical Circuit: Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches are remarkable for three main reasons: many are not carved into the rock but freed entirely from it, the buildings are so refined and there are so many within such a small area. Although time has treated the churches with remarkably gentle gloves, Unesco has built rather hideous scaffolding...

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Jan 8, 2012 - Lalibela Churches

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND I will write about our experiences touring the Lalibela churches soon, but for some general information, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Ethiopia & Eritrea chapter on the Historical Circuit: Lalibela’s rock-hewn churches are remarkable for three main reasons: many are not carved into the rock but freed entirely from it, the buildings are so refined and there are so many within such a small area. Although time has treated the churches with remarkably gentle gloves, Unesco has built rather hideous scaffolding...

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Jan 7, 2012 - Mountain View Hotel

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND This is how the Lonely Planet – Ethiopia & Eritrea chapter on the Historical Circuit, describes the Mountain View Hotel: Eagles get all dewy-eyed and jealous over the stupendous views over the distant plains from this impeccable new hotel. The rooms are standard business class in look and feel and therefore don’t quite fit in with village life in Lalibela; however, if comfort is what you want, then comfort is what you’ll get. KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We had chosen a rather middle-of-the-road hotel in Addis Ababa for our long...

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