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Museum Highlights Guided Day Tour in Addis Ababa
"You will be picked up from your hotel between 8am and 9am. Accompanied by a driver and a local guide you will head to Holy Trinity Cathedral Church; the highest ranking cathedral church in Addis with its own museum and distinct architecture. After exploring the church you will be taken to National Museum Ethiopia's most important museum and home to our ancestor Lucy. Typical Ethiopian lunch will be served at Ethiopia's oldest hotel Taitu Hotel (not included in price). After lunch you will be taken to St. George Cathedral and Museum which is famous for its distinct octagonal architecture and location in the center of Addis. Following this you will have the chance to view the Ethnological museum set within Haile Selassie's former palace and surrounded by the beautiful gardents and fountains of Addis Ababa University. Bringing the tour to a conclusion
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Entoto Mountain Guided Day Tour from Addis Ababa
"Hotel pick-up is between 7:30am and 8am. Accompanied by a tour guide and driver the trip to Entoto mountain will start at 8am. After a 30 - 45 min drive you will arrive at the bottom of Entoto mountain. a short drive and some light trekking up the mountain will lead you to the historic Entoto Mariam (St. Mary) Church and Museum. From here you will be able to see the vast parts of Addis Ababa from an impressive viewpoint. After exploring the historic church you will head towards King Menelik's palace whose empress founded Addis Ababa. The palace was established when Menelik moved from Ankober to Addis. The palace and museum both testify to the simple taste Emperor Menelik and Empress Taitu had. Moving away from the palace you will be engaged in a long walk towards the historical St. Raguel and St Elias Churches
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Addis Ababa Highlights: Guided Day Tour
"Enjoy a hotel pick up between 7:30am and 8am and start your trip to Entoto mountain where after a short drive up hill and some light trekking you will have the chance to visit the historic Entoto Church & Museum and Menelik's palace. Heading back to the city from the mountain you will make a short stop at Shiromeda textile market the largest traditional clothing market in Addis. You will have the opportunity to socialize with the world famous traditional textile craftsmen and shop for souvenirs. After exploring Shiromeda you will visit the National Museum which is the home of the fossil replica of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) and some other historical artifacts. This is followed by a typical Ethiopian lunch at the oldest hotel in Ethiopia
From $99.00

More Local Customs in Addis Ababa

YOUR GRANDMOTHER IS FROM ETHIOPIA !

"'Lucy," is the oldest hominid that has ever been found and your relative most likely. Lucy was found by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray on November 24, 1974, at Hadar. She has been dated as living 3.5...
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Nov 19, 2014

WASHING OF HANDS

Ethiopians are very observant of hygiene, especially when eating. The national dish is Injera with different dishes being placed up on it. All Injera is eaten with the right hand and food is...
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DAO
Jul 30, 2013

THE SHOE SHINE GUYS

In a country with so many poor people and not enough jobs, you will come across men and often young boys who offer to shine your shoes. The young man in the first picture actually came and knocked on...
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DAO
Jul 20, 2013

THE SUGAR CANE SELLERS

These guys are fascinating to watch. They start the day – early – by collecting 5-10 very tall stalks of sugar cane. These can reach up to 6 metres in length! Needless to say they are heavy and...
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DAO
Jun 30, 2013

A FOOD TIP: BREAKFAST

HUNGRY? Really hungry? The largest and most filling breakfast food in Ethiopia is Injera Fir Fir. ‘Fir Fir’ means literally ‘torn-up’. Its hundreds of tiny pieces of injera soaked in kai wat (somewhat...
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DAO
Jun 17, 2013

if you are invited in ethipian house for meal

when you are invited in ethipian common living stand.house for meal most of the time alitle boy/girl or maids or even invitors will brought hand wash water with soap stand by your feet and wash two...
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May 17, 2011
 
 
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Friendly, gentle and curious people

The Ethiopian people are very friendly, gentle and curious. You may hear the word "ferenjy", which means "white man".Take a look at the first photo here. The children came out from the playground...
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georeiser
May 08, 2010

Singing girls in Addis Ababa

I was in Addis Abeba on the new years day, September 9 (After the Orthodox Gregorian calendar, as they use in Ethiopia).The girls on the photo were singing and celebrating the day. The children were...
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georeiser
Jan 23, 2009

FOOD TIP: KITFO

For some reason many visitors to Ethiopia want to try this dish as soon as they can. Kitfo (or Ketfo) is raw beef. That’s how it's served. I find this heavy on the stomach and have never had a very...
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DAO
Jul 17, 2008

FOOD TIP: TERE SEGA

ere Sega, also known as Gored Gored, means raw meat. This is a special delicacy served at weddings (pictured). Some or all of the carcass is hung to show it’s fresh. Appropriately dressed butchers...
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DAO
Jul 14, 2008

GIN !

Gin is served like nowhere else on earth. Gin is made here, its good and it’s cheap. They bring you a big fat glass and start pouring huge measures. They will bring you tonic and fresh lemon slices....
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DAO
Jul 14, 2008

INJERA

Injera is the basic ingredient of any Ethiopian meal. It looks like a large spongy pancake and some of the sizes produced are huge. It is usually laid down in a large circular tray and sauces, meat...
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DAO
Apr 19, 2008

THE SUGAR CANE SELLER

These guys are fascinating to watch. They start the day – early – by collecting 3-4 very tall stalks of sugar cane. These can reach up to 6 metres in length! Needless to say they are heavy and awkward...
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DAO
Jan 31, 2008

THE NATIONAL FLAG

The Ethiopian flag was first adopted in 1897, a year after Ethiopia had bravely defended itself from advances by Italy at the Battle of Adwa. It has always had the same 3 colours that have been...
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DAO
Mar 21, 2007

Top Hotels in Addis Ababa

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Taitu Street, PO Box 6002, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Corner of Menelik II Avenue, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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P.O. Box 40536, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Bole Road, 400 meters from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport
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Top Things to Do in Addis Ababa

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Museum

The National Museum of Ethiopia is a rather small, three story building that houses a wide variety of artifacts from some of the earliest pre-human bones right through to some very recent art pieces...
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Mercato

The Mercato (from the Italian for "market"), is huge covering several square kilometers (and square miles) of space near downtown Addis Ababa. It is crowded and total mayhem and not nearly as...
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Holy Trinity Church

The centrally located Holy Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa is the most important Orthodox church in the city and is located near the parliament buildings. For the photographers visiting, this is a...
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The Piazza Area

Piazza is the backpacker area. The hotels are cheaper and the area is pitoresque and very crowded. The name is a legacy of the Italian invasion era, and you will find some Italian cafe's and...
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The Lion of Judah

The Lion of Judah Statue stands in front of office buildings in central Addis Ababa. The statue was stolen by the Italians during their occupation of the city from 1936-1941. It is now a major...
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Bole Road

Bole road, or Africa road which is the official name, is a long road crossing through the south-east part of Addis Ababa from the airport to Meskel Square in the city center. The upper and middle part...
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Top 5 Addis Ababa Writers

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"ADDIS - THE NEW FLOWER OF ETHIOPIA"
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"I love cities with meaningful names"
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"Addis Ababa, Ethiopia"
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"Addis Ababa: A City of Belief & Disbelief"
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"Addis Ababa"
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