A pic­ture- per­fect tour des­ti­na­tion

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - NEWS QUEENSLAND -

TRAVEL pho­tog­ra­pher Va­lerie Martin is lead­ing two new pho­tog­ra­phy tours to Ethiopia in Novem­ber and next Fe­bru­ary.

Martin, who has worked on mag­a­zines such as Gourmet Trav­eller and Woman’s Day and news­pa­pers such as The New York Times, has also taught pho­tog­ra­phy and will be able to help trav­ellers un­der­stand their cam­eras bet­ter and help with dif­fi­cult shoot­ing con­di­tions.

She says Ethiopia is a fan­tas­tic des­ti­na­tion for a pho­tog­ra­phy tour be­cause it has beau­ti­ful scenery, sim­i­lar to the Grand Canyon and Utah, rock-hewn churches with beau­ti­ful paint­ings and high priests, me­dieval cas­tles, gor­geous peo­ple, colour­ful mar­kets, ba­boons and other an­i­mals.

The 17-day tour costs $ 4800, land only, which in­cludes twin-share ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­fers, trans­port, lo­cal and Aus­tralian guides and in­ter­nal flights and most meals.

The tour cost will in­clude a do­na­tion to the Ad­dis Ababa Fis­tula Hos­pi­tal. this year, giv­ing hol­i­day­mak­ers a lo­cal’s in­sight into the unique ter­ri­tory she has called home since mov­ing from the US 10 years ago.

The seven-night tours will in­clude a visit to Reddy’s home, which is filled with mem­o­ra­bilia from her mu­si­cal ca­reer, and her beloved gar­den, which is part of a lush 1.3ha prop­erty farmed by her con­vict an­ces­tor, Richard Mor­gan, dur­ing the is­land’s days as a pe­nal colony in the early 1800s.

Reddy rose to fame in the 1970s with 14 hit songs, in­clud­ing I Am Woman, which re­cently fea­tured in the karaoke scene in the hit movie Sex and the City 2. The tours are priced from $ 2740 a per­son twin share from Bris­bane, in­clud­ing re­turn air­fares, seven nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, daily break­fast and six din­ners.

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