Thursday, March 14, 2013

Portuguese Bridge

About two hours outside of Addis Ababa close to Debre Libanos is the Portuguese bridge.  The bridge was built in the 16th century by the Portuguese to bring foot soldiers into the area.  During the dry season the bridge stands above the rocky dry water beds.  During the rainy season the water reaches high to the rough stone on the bridge and a waterfall flows further down the way.

Ethiopia has renewed my love for day trips.  It's so nice to pack a lunch and everyone in our car and just drive.  Sunday we drove to the Portuguese bridge and had a picnic lunch at the little lodge by the bridge before we took a little hike.

The bridge tour is an easy hike and quick so perfect for our little crew.  The plant life was interested with huge cacti and aloe plants along the paths.  The view of the gorge were spectacular .

Our guides, Marcos and Thomas carve crosses from the limestone that is dug from the side of the gorge.  The girls had to go home with one and we were happy to help our guides who are paying their way through college this way.
We also stopped on the way home to pick up a few more crosses for our Christmas tree.  We ended up buying from this little one's father.  He insisted I bring a copy of the photo for him the next time we drive this way.


The Gunning Family said...

Thank you for allowing us (your readers) to live vicariously through your adventures! The information, history and pictures are absolutely inspiring! The girls are getting too big - time to give them that magic potion that makes them stay little forever!

Hugs to all. Love,

Nomads By Nature said...

I am enjoying your posts so much I keep telling my husband we HAVE to bid on Ethiopia if it is open. Those crosses are amazing, as too are your adventures.