Friday, September 29, 2006

Sunrise atop Mt Sinai on the desolate Sinai Peninsula

Originally uploaded by Dave Malkoff.
The rocky, desert-like Sinai has traditionally been the abode of bandits. Today on the edge of the Sinai there are hotels catering to those who enjoy snorkeling in the Red Sea.

In the southern end is the Mount of Moses - Jebel Musa - and Mt. Sinai. Both are much visited by pilgrims.

TE Lawrence crossed the Sinai during WWI. According to legend, the Holy family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, crossed the Sinai and made a trek through Egypt.

In 1991 I went to Egypt on a Fulbright Seminar and visited the Sinai. We hiked up the Mt of Moses at night and arrived in time to observe the sunrise over the Biblical land below us.

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