The city of Addis Ababa is perched on the Abyssinian plateau in the heart of central Ethiopia. For a country with such a storied history, the city is a relative newcomer at only a century old. Its name translates to 'New Flower', which is fitting for a city that prides itself on being a thriving metropolis that blends many elements of its nation's rich culture with the best development towards the future. The tropical highland climate is mild and balmy with clear blue skies for eight months of the year, making for a pleasant destination for travelers. Ethiopia's intriguing history, both cultural and anthropological are celebrated in a series of museums, including the Ethnological Museum in emperor Haile Selassie's palace that features the diverse facets of the area's culture. The shining star of Addis Ababa is Lucy, the oldest hominid skeleton ever discovered, and she is on display at the National Museum. When the sun goes down, the nightlife picks up! Bole Road, which connects the airport to the city center, boasts an impressive selection of restaurants, art galleries, fashion boutiques and nightclubs, all promising a great night of entertainment.

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