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Nov 14, 2010 - Sinai

The last few days have been spent on the Sinai peninsula which is part of Egypt, but technically part of Asia (separated from the rest of Egypt by the Suez Gulf & Canal). We visited the St Katherine Monastery – the origin of Christian Monasticism. It was built in the fifth century AD and harbours some of the worlds oldest Christian relics. This is the area that the Isrealites waited for Moses as he climbed Mt Sinai and received the Ten Commandments from God. Within the walls of the monastery was Moses' well and a cutting from the 'burning...

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Unexpected Egypt

Oct 28, 2010 - Mt Sinai & St Katherine's Monastery

Back in internet land again, so time for an update on the last few days. We left Cairo at 5.30am last Sunday for the 7 hour drive to biblical Mt Sinai by private minivan. After lunch we set off for the climb up Mt Sinai to see the sunset. For those heathens out there, this is where God gave Moses the 10 Commandments. There are a few ways to go up - the 3700 "Steps of Repentance", followed by 700 steps to reach the top (the hard way, but in the shade), the camel track followed by the last 700 steps (easier but in the sun), or take a camel up...

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Oct 17, 2010 - To Sinai

We were escorted out of Cairo by our Egyptian classic car friends – and more importantly by police escort and police on almost every junction. Hence we escaped the notorious city traffic unscathed and were soon on our way East to Suez. We said goodbye at the Suez canal tunnel and then headed down deserted roads and to the shore of the gulf of Suez – part of the Red Sea for a paddle with some others from our group. Indeed a few stripped off and swam. Up a very steady climb we arrived at our final destination Saint Katherine. Although we did...

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Rallye Med 2010

Oct 17, 2010 - Cairo to Saint Katherine

Today our new group left Cairo to head out across under the Suez Canal to the Sinai Peninsula and Mt Sinai. Along the way we stopped for a toilet stop and I found one of the local ambulances crews to go have a chat with. They have a standard single stretcher ambulance all across Egypt with standard layout / equipment and everything has its place. Puts us to shame a bit back home. We arrived at our hotel in St Katherine which is the main tourist centre around Mt Sinai. We then proceeded to head up through the heat of the desert up the...

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Mar 29, 2009 - St Katherine

Today was a early start for our 7 hour drive to St Katherine's Monastery got checked into our hotel and some lunch before we head out for our 2 hour climb to the top of Mt Sinai. A very nice view from the top then back down the camel trail to the Monastery and to our hotel and then out for some dinner and time to relax off to bed.

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Middle East 2009