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  about through this special pilgrimage!😀

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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.

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23 thoughts on “The Faces of Egypt: Part 5

          1. you are so sweet! I will try to do it! I am like you, not sure what to do about awards and quite honestly I am horrible about it when I do them. I did two and did a bad job, I tried to reblog two things and that was also a disaster!! people didn’t know it was a reblog and thought it was my recipe!!!!! so, not great at technology! I love what you said about me, it was very kind and I feel you are one awesome human being!!!!!thanks Chevvy8!:))))

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            1. Oh Lynz you have me in stitches – I also know what you mean regarding the technology – I would do the same, trying to dabble in links. Just do the old cut and paste. But if you are not up to it, I’ll understand, I wanted to acknowledge you:-)

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    1. Hello Rich. Thank you so much for thinking of me. I’m not very good at awards but I needed to say I grateful I am for the warmth you have shown throughout my short blogging life. Heartfelt thanks Soul Brother 🙂

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    1. Thank you Maniparna. I think I was right where I needed to be. I guess the name “burning bush” could have been derived the way the sun lights up that bush! 😀

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  1. Girl I feel as if I could walk right into just about any one of those shots!
    The bomb! That’s you!
    Sorry about your injury, I’m sure that was very disappointing 😢

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    1. Thank you Sweetheart. Yes it was disappointing but there was a choice between climbing the mountain and visiting the monastery – I think, I was right where I needed to be. I swear there was magic in that burning bush!

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      1. Now that is a great way to think about it. You were led to the place that you needed to go to–God has a way of positively redirecting us –even when we think that things are going downhill.

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  2. Wow! Some great photos here. Glad you had a hubby with camera to capture what you and your ankle missed out on. Next time. 700 stairs sounds like a path to burning thighs that will be crying for mercy the next morning. Thanks so much for sharing your trip, story, and photos. 🙂

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    1. I don’t think I would have made it up there even without the ankle injury. I learnt that those 700 steps are steep and treacherous. The amazing thing is that people climb on camel back as well. I’m confident that I was destined for the right place in pursuing the alternative – burning bush 😀

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