There is no real answer to your question...but you will get plenty of questions to your question..
1. Do you want to go film or digital?
2. Do you want to go point and shoot or SLR/DSLR?
3, Do you already have an existing setup of Canon/Nikon/Pentax etc...?
If you want to go film I would suggest a good SLR and a couple of excellent lenses. Canon or Nikon would be your best bet, tho there are some other great cameras out there. On top of that I would get a good zoom lens, the best that you can afford.
You will have to decide on shooting slides or prints. If you want to display photos here or on another site you will need a quality scanner and the computer equipment to handle the editing. Slides can be very rewarding, but are not forgiving when shooting and scanning is an art unto itself.
If you choose to go digital and can afford it I would go for the Canon 10D or Nikon D100. (look at sites like Dpreview before buying and judge for yourself. Remember that the digital world is moving FAST.)
Again you will need the computer setup to do the editing etc...
Hope that helps....