The Roof of Africa

Leaving Gonder we headed North into the Simien Mountain National Park, first passing the Falasha Village where a few children tried to stop the bus and show us their baskets … Continue Reading →

Festival in Gonder

Yesterday morning began with a gentle walk along the lakeside during which our eagle-eyed guide, Legisse, pointed out a wonderful selection of exotic birds for me to fail miserably to … Continue Reading →

The Source of the Nile

Early yesterday morning we left Addis and took a short flight to the city of Bahir Dar on the Southern shores of Lake Tana, source of the Blue Nile. Here … Continue Reading →

Safe arrival Addis Ababa

We have arrived safely in Addis Ababa to find pleasant welcome and an accommodating city with some marvellous glimpses of the cultural and historic treasures that await us on this … Continue Reading →

Why am I going to Ethiopia tomorrow?

Tomorrow I set off for a two week trip to Ethiopia and it certainly promises to be an adventure. It wouldn’t be strictly true to say that I’ve always dreamed … Continue Reading →

Kermet, the Black Land (Ancient Egypt)

If I felt sorry for myself at having a less than perfect trip to Egypt last year then I should spare a thought for previous generations of the family: travelling … Continue Reading →

Egypt and Libya 2010

So much has happened since the beginning of 2011 that it is difficult to believe I was sightseeing in both these countries less than a year ago. I think that … Continue Reading →

Thoughts of Africa (Kent)

Tucked away behind the deeply unfashionable Kent seaside resort of Birchington lies one of the most unusual monuments to English eccentricity yet to be identified: the Powell Cotton Museum. Major … Continue Reading →

Daily life in Kenya

These pictures were obtained with great difficulty as we traveled between safari destinations. I got bruised and battered as the van sped along the road, fumbling to get the camera … Continue Reading →

Lake Naivasha and Nakuru Safari

I could cry when I look at the on-line pictures of a sea of pink flamingos on Lake Naivasha, at the professional photographs of the famous tree-climbing lions and fish … Continue Reading →