|the boat display on Lake Tana outside our hotel|
It is a big day in Bahir Dar. The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) are celebrating the 35th anniversary of their foundation with a variety of proceedings and celebrations and the closing ceremony will be held in this town, capital of the Amhara region.
|the kingfisher we rescued that flew into the|
Before going to the market, said to be one of the best in Ethiopia, we drive up to the top of Bezawit Hill, about 2.5km out of town, for the view of the town and the Blue Nile below. Here we see the hilltop palace which was built for Haile Selassie, heavily guarded with no entrance allowed. We can pick out hippos wallowing in the shallows of the river near a sand spit.
|the Martyrs Memorial Monument|
|panoramic view of the Blue Nile below Bahir Dar|
We spot hippos wallowing in the shallows
Lasting impressions of our trip:
There is much poverty but also much happiness.
|Bahir Dar market|
|spices for sale in Bahir Dar market|
Of course the country has its own problems to find if we scratch below the tourist veneer. No place can be perfect. But we had a wonderful time and I feel sure that given the opportunity many of us would wish to return.
My blog for Ethiopia has come to an end. Thank you for staying with me to the end and I would love any comments.
|view of Addis Ababa from my hotel balcony|