At the National Museum we saw Lucy, Ardi and Selam, as well as artifacts from ancient and modern Ethiopian history (take mini-bus to Arat Kilo). I loved this museum. The Ethnological Museum is in Haile Selassie's old palace and we saw his bedroom and bathroom, along with collections of musical instruments and religious paintings (mini-bus to Siddist Kilo, go into university campus). T really liked this museum. The Natural History Museum displays all the endemic animals of Ethiopia, with an impressive bird collection (mini-bus to Arat Kilo). Small, but we liked it. Finally the most recent museum is the Red Terror Martyrs Memorial Museum. It's in Meskal Square (mini-bus to Stadium). It just opened in 2010 so it may not be in your guidebook. It was very disturbing but we thought very well done. I highly recommend it, but NOT for kids. http://redterrormartyrs.org/
|View of Addis from across from the Imperial Palace. Check with the soldiers before taking a photo.|
|Sunset from the Astara Hotel|
|View from Bole Road rooftop|
|The air in Addis was pretty smoggy.|
|St. George's Cathedral|
|St. George's inner temple|
|King Solomon meeting the Queen of Sheba|
For food, there are endless restaurants to choose from. The surest bet for a vegetarian is shiro (chickpea stew) with injera. We had shiro almost every day and we could get it just about everywhere. It quickly became addictive. For a nice meal on our last night we enjoyed Makush on Bole Road, where we had decent Italian food surrounded by not great, but cheerful and colorful art (take mini-bus toward Bole, get off at Mega House).
One thing I was very glad to have with me as we wandered around Addis was a GPS. The city is not laid out in the most logical way, plus I have a bad sense of direction. It was nice to always know where we were. Also if you are looking at your GPS, people think you are just texting, which draws no attention, but if you get out your guidebook you will immediately draw a swarm of sellers. We got a good street map of Addis for our Garmin eTrex from www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/view/84/
Our new friend S (our tutor A's brother) lives on the southwest edge of Addis. It was interesting to drive out there because it is all new construction and the area is laid out in a much more organized and "western" way.
|S and his family|
|R (our tutor W's sister) and our intrepid interpreter M|