Favorite thing: These are the scenery along the road from Bahir dar to Gondor.After driving on the good road for about 1 hour we’ll pass Werota ,and for another 40 Km. we’ll pass Addid Zamen town that if you have your own vehicle ,you may stop by for some meal and cold drink .After this town I start to see mountain scenery in front of us, and start ascending into mountain area,and I saw a unique pinnacle that can see from far.It’s known as the Devil’s nose.We past it quite close ,as you can see from picture.
Dashen beer is made just on the edge of town and people are, deservedly so, proud of it. I never tried a Dashen until I got here. Every restaurant I ate had had some refreshingly cold Dashen for me. It’s a good beer and you can’t beat the price. Expect to pay 20-40 US cents for a bottle in a bar or restaurant. Enjoy!
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Favorite thing: In the square behind the Royal Enclosure you can find this enormous tree where local people sit for shade or chat. It's a good place for meeting point. Here is where I used to have appointment with my guide to begin the day.
As soon as you arrive in Gonder you will be approached by guys offering you their services as guide. Most are just boys willing to earn a few bucks and might be useful if you want to find your way around. If you don't want, just say no, politely. If you do take one, bargain in advance; he will keep the others away, that's another advantage.
After 10-15 minutes of following me around, I finally surrended and accepted a little boy named Emmanuel (see pic) as a guide (7,5 USD for 2 days). He invited me to his home (hut) and his sisters prepared me a coffee as welcome.
From Gonder we left early in the morning to Debark and the Simien Mountains. Because the restaurant of our hotel was still closed, we went to the towncentre to visit the bakery for fresh bread for breakfast and lunch. The bakery was situated at one of the unpaved roads, just south of the mainsquare.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed the special ''early-morning'' atmosphere with the first people walking in the smoky and unpaved road near the bakery.
About two hundred M north of the Royal Enclosure you will find the mainsquare in the towncentre.
This is the place where the minibuses and taxis will arrive and leave. Here you can find also several bars, restaurants and hotels, like the Ethiopia hotel and some internetcafes.
Fondest memory: Just sitting at the main square and watching the daily life.
Most people will come to Gonder, called the Africa's Camelot, to visit the castles and churches. Don't miss the Royal Enclosure, Fasilades' Bath and the Debre Berhan Selassie Church.
When you visit the Royal Enclosure it's worth to climb to the roof of the restored Fasilades' Palace. The view at the buildings of the enclosure is great, but have also a look at Gonder and its surrounding mountains. At clear days you can even look to Lake Tana.