The Faces of Egypt: Part 5

Using the town of Dahab as our base, we were finally close to the destination I had wanted to reach. Just as a reminder to the reader, it was a picture of Mount Sinai that had ignited the goal to travel to Egypt. I’m happy to say that I did succeed in taking the pictures I was intrigued by, even though not precisely from the same vantage point.

As fate would have it, I would not get to climb Mt Sinai myself. I guess the die had already been cast from the moment my husband and I stepped out of the airport. I tripped and fell as soon as we walked through the exit, resulting in a slightly sprained ankle. On the day we were scheduled to climb Mt Sinai, I slipped on the last stair approaching the swimming pool of our hotel and this time the injury was far more serious. The trek up the 700 steps of Mt Sinai was scheduled to begin at 11 p.m. that night and my husband had to join the team without me. Instead, I would hobble along the next day with another team to the famous “Burning Bush”

The Monastery of St. Catherine, also known as the Monastery of the Transfiguration, is located in a triangular area between the Desert of El-Tih, the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Sinai. It is situated at an altitude of 4854 feet in a small, picturesque gorge. This was the picture I had come to take. It was like walking on hallowed ground, following in the footsteps of Moses. St Catherines in its own right is worth reading more about. I’ve always believed and still do, that these steps lead somewhere significant in my own life journey.
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Bishop’s home

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St Catherine’s Monastery dating back to the Medievil era

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The Burning Bush (trick of the light?)

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The trip up Mt Sinai, started at 11 p.m. with the intent to watch the sun rise from the top of Mt Sinai early in the morning as depicted below. As an aside, my husband wore his favourite soccer team’s cap and believes strongly that their string of successful winning cups thereafter came Β about through this special pilgrimage!πŸ˜€

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The chapel encloses the rock which is considered to be the source for the biblical Tablets of Stone

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Thank you for reading and join me for the final part which takes us back to the hustle and bustles of the busy streets of Cairo.