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Three buses from Lalibela and we arrived at Bahir Dar, in December 2006.
10 Ethiopian Birr
An aerial view of Bahir Dar and Lake Tana (when flying from Addis to Axum)
The streets of Bahir Dar
The grounds of the Ghion Hotel in Bahir Dar
Injera is a local food made from the cereal tef - tear a strip off and wrap it around the various sauces.
Boats on the waters of Lake Tana, Bahir Dar
The Blue Nile flows from Lake Tana - Bahir Dar
A tankwa loaded with firewood from the opposite side of Lake Tana, heads back to Bahir Dar
A bird's eye view of Kibran Gebriel monastery and Lake Tana on the flight from Addis to Axum
13th century Kibran Gebriel monastery, Lake Tana
Looking south from Kibran Gebriel, Lake Tana
A tankwa, the papyrus made canoe, stands upright on Kibran Gebriel island, Lake Tana
16th century Ura Kidane Mihret church on Lake Tana's Zege peninsula
18th/19th century murals on the walls of Ura Kidane Mihret church, Lake Tana
The dropping off point for Ura Kidane Mihret church, Lake Tana
Scenery on the way from Bahir Dar to the Blue Nile Falls
The 17th century Portuguese built Adam Dildi bridge, Blue Nile Falls
The trail to the Blue Nile Falls
Countryside near the Blue Nile Falls
The Blue Nile Falls, or Tis Abay (Smoke of the Nile), plunge 45 metres
I was told not to expect much, as the Blue Nile Falls have shrunk dramatically due to a hydroelectric plant in operation close by, but I was still impressed. It's worth going to.
Grazing cattle amble past the Blue Nile Falls
Beautiful greenery surrounds the Blue Nile Falls
Enjoying a beer at the Tana Hotel, overlooking Lake Tana, Bahir Dar
Sunset over Lake Tana, as seen from the Tana Hotel, Bahir Dar
The source of the Nile is about 2kms from Bahir Dar.
A hazy look at the Blue Nile Gorge, on a long drive from Bahir Dar to Addis Ababa
Traditional music and dance at a hotel in Addis Ababa
We took a tour of Awash, making a stop at Bishoftu, aka Debre Zeyit. This is Lake Hora
A beautiful view of Lake Hora, Bishoftu
Also at Bishoftu is the appropriately named Lake Bishoftu
Fantelle volcano rises above Lake Beseka, just outside Awash National Park
Lake Beseka, near Awash National Park
An oryx stands before the Fantelle volcano, Awash National Park
The Park is an ideal way to break up a drive from Addis to Harar in the east - more about the park here
The Awash river flows through the Awash gorge - Awash National Park
A crocodile warms itself up in Awash National Park
It's a pleasant surprise to come across the Awash Falls - Awash National Park
Awash Falls - Awash National Park
Resting at the Buffet d'Aouache Hotel in Awash Saba, about 10kms from the national park's main entrance
Medhane Alem church in Feres Mergala square, Harar old town
The Christian market lies outside Harar old town's Showa Gate
Harar's old town dates to the 16th century
Sewing machinists in Harar old town
Hanging around the butchers' market in Harar old town
It's unlikely the French poet Arthur Rimbaud actually lived at the 100-year-old Rimbaud's House, but it's an impressive building - Harar old town
Harar is a predominantly Muslim city, and is said to be the fourth holiest city of Islam
There are disputed statements that Haile Selassie lived in this house, in Harar's old town.
Harar is famous in Ethiopia for its coffee. Here the beans are being grounded - Harar old town
Harar's hyenas wander the streets near Tewodros Hotel. 'Hyena men' feed the animals in a tradition that has lasted for at least 50 years
Selling natural wooden toothbrushes in Harar market
Taking a rickshaw through the streets of Dire Dawa, looking for the bus company that will take us to Djibouti
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