Sinai Peninsula or usually just called Sinai is a peninsula in Egypt.
The only part of the country located in Asia. Located between the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the south. It is a land bridge between Asia and Africa.
Israel attacked and occupied the Sinai during the Suez Crisis and during the Six Day War. In 1982, as a result of the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian Treaty of Peace, Israel withdrew from all of the Sinai Peninsula except the territory of the disputed Taba. It was returned after the decision by the arbitration commission in 1989.
Today Sinai has become a tourist destination because of its natural beauty and biblical history. Mount Sinai is one of the most religious places. Mount Sinai from Sharm El Sheikh around 243,578 miles or 5 hours by vehicle. Here is the famous location in the Bible mentioned in the Book of Exodus. Moses fled for killing an Egyptian and forty years later God sent his ten commandments to Moses.
At the foot of Mount Sinai stands the Greek Orthodox Monastery at St. Catherine, one of the oldest monasteries in the world. This Orthodox monastery keeps religious objects that are centuries old like icons, manuscripts and other objects. Everything is well preserved and still intact. Too bad we could not get in because the monk was doing the worship during the day. Usually visitors can visit the main church and other parts of the monastery. We looked from outside the burning bush chapel (behind the Monastery) as well as the Fatimiyyah Mosque.
The group is divided into two. The group that wants to climb and the group who choose to continue the journey to Taba. I chose to go back to Taba. Because my travel plans are still far away (solo travel to Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan). In addition I have to save energy because there are still trips to Israel and Amman with the entourage.
The Sinai Peninsula or Sinai, is a triangular peninsula in Egypt. It is about 60,000 km2 (23,000 sq mi) in area.
The Sinai Peninsula lies between the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal on the west and the Gulf of Aqaba and the Negev on the east, and it is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea on the north and the Red Sea to the south.
A road along the Sinai’s northern coast served as the principal trade route between Egypt and Palestine for many centuries.
The Sinai has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The earliest written information about it dates from 3000 BCE, when the ancient Egyptians recorded their explorations there in search of copper ores.
Our guide explained that million years ago this is believed as an ocean with multi color of beach sand.
Small black dotes on the right side are bedouin’s settlement.
I did not dare at first to ask to sit beside the driver. After awhile I asked our guide and he gave me permission. I was having fun and took lots of photos and videos. Please ignore black dotes and shadows on the photos.
Family of wild camels.
St. CATHERINE MONASTERY
Although it is commonly known as Saint Catherine’s, the monastery’s full official name is the Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai. The patronal feast of the monastery is the Feast of the Transfiguration. The monastery has become a favorite site of pilgrimage.
I SPY – a little lamb on the rock.
Entrance to Mount Sinai.
The monastery library holds one of the largest and most interesting collections of religious texts in existence but unfortunately, it is not open to the public. The large numbers of valuable old manuscripts (more than 2,000) include works in Greek, Syriac, Persian, Amharic, Arabic, Turkish, and Russian.
St. Chaterine Monastery.
Camel will take the hiker half way to the peak of Mt. Sinai.
Burning Bush, which local legend says is a direct descendent of the Old Testament’s burning bush that God spoke to Moses through. The actual bush is the Rubus Sanctus bramble, which is endemic to the Sinai Peninsula. A wall now surrounds the shrub to protect it from being stripped by pilgrims who, for many years, snipped branches off to take home as souvenirs.
Taba is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. Taba is the location of Egypt’s busiest border crossing with neighbouring Eilat, Israel. Taba is a frequent vacation spot for Egyptians and tourists, especially those from Israel on their way to other destinations in Egypt or as a weekend getaway. It is the northernmost resort of Egypt’s Red Sea Riviera.
Beach with two sand colours.
I was so tempted to take these stones.