Hotel Asmara Palace
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... building made of huge sandstone blocks and is the oldest standing structure in Ethiopia. It iss surrounded by metal scaffolding supplied by UNESCO and one of the few buildings being excavated. Next door was one of Ethiopia's oldest churches built by one of Ethiopia's 9 saints Abba in the 6th century. The archaeological museum had some original artefacts, a book that is over a thousand years old with a wooden cover and pages made from goat skin. It is ...
... the so called conquest of Ethiopia but were made to return it in 2005. The St Mary of Zion Church has a huge dome roof and was only recently rebuilt in 1995 after fires and other mishaps. Johannes voice echoed beautifully throughout. We were treated to some exquisite chanting by two of its guardians. The paintings are bright, and as in all churches show, the birth of Jesus, the crucifixion, the Holy Trinity, the 3 wise men , ...
At breakfast we met a couple from Bandera , Texas where we had gone on a city slicker trip years ago. We walked into town, walked back, forgot euros, another country, different currency. Found Bus 119 To Bad Doberan, BUT got off wrong stop. 3K from our destination in the outskirts, no one spoke English, we finally got a general direction and a biker gave us a short cut through a beautiful park, monastery from the 1100's, wedding , a memorable detour. We ...
He came in and washed his face in my bathroom, then I told him I was going to rest and he awkwardly bolted.
I walked around town a little, looking for food.
Shire is a town tourists stop in only when they have to, so all the menus are in Amharic and no one speaks English so it was tough to find food.
I tried to order foods I know are ...
... the most famous Rock Hewn Church, a monk came on handing out small plastic bag pouches with bits of rock inside.
The woman beside me made sure I crossed myself, then encouraged me to eat a little of the rock.
(I've since found out it's holy rock from the church, and you keep it as good luck and eat it as you need to, for spiritual support)
When I got to Axum I bargained hard for a tuk-tuk at a reasonable rate (he started ...