On one of the days we spent in Addis Ababa last December we hire a local driver to take us to the Entoto Natural Park. This short, easy drive emerges at the top of one of the mountains overlooking the city. At 3200 metres altitude the view is spectacular – but only on a clear day. Fortunately for us there was very little pollution that day.
First we paid the small fee to have a guided tour of the museum dedicated to Emperor Menelik II. after that we walked around the magnificent Entoto Maryam Orthodox Church. Behind the church are the well-kept remains of the palace of the emperor, featured in the photos on this post.
The river town of Mannum is less than a half hour drive from our home in Murray Bridge. This popular tourist town is quiet with a good range of facilities including an excellent caravan park and several hotels. The picnic area at Mary Ann Reserve on the banks of the river is a popular spot. It is also where several touring boats moor, including those which provide meals, short trips of the river and longer week long cruises.
An excellent Tourist Information Centre which features the historic nature of the old Mannum River Port which was in its heyday in the paddle steamer era of the late 1800s.
The central Victorian city of Bendigo, built on the wealth gained from the gold mines in the area, boasts many fine historic buildings from the Victorian era. One can also find many modern buildings mixed in with the old, gracious structures of that bygone era.
Buildings such as the one shown above, the Soldiers Memorial Institute Museum, stand out out as fine examples of architecture of the Victorian age. The statue of Queen Victoria herself looks out over several of them. I almost cut off all of her head in the photo below. No doubt she would not have been amused.
The Susannah Place Museum in the Rocks district of inner Sydney preserves some of the social history of this interesting part of Australia. This group of terrace houses was built in 1844 and has been in continuous use ever since. Now it is only a museum, but one of the houses was still occupied a few years ago.
Each of the former homes have been decorated and furnished in a different era of its history. Moving through the various homes and rooms in each home on the guided tour is like walking through the pages of early Australian history.
This museum is only a short walk from Circular Quay in central Sydney. It has proved to be very popular with tourists and locals wanting to taste a little of Sydney’s past.