On the Road to Saint Catherine’s Monastery

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(Last Updated On: March 16, 2019)

As soon as we leave the resort area and head away from Sinai‘s coast, it feels like stepping back in time. The roadside is lined with barren mountains that appear populated only by a few Bedouins and their camels.

mountain scenery

mountain scenery

camels and mountains

camels and mountains

mountain scenery

Occasionally, we do pass a small village. Sometimes the homes are constructed of cement block and corrugated steel. Sometimes it is a collection of tents.

buildings scattered in the desert

Bedouin camp

We also pass a through a number police checkpoints, probably the most prevalent sign of human settlement in this mostly empty landscape. (Photographing police checkpoints is NOT recommended in Egypt or anywhere else in the world. It’s just a really bad idea even if you do get away with it.) Each checkpoint is staffed by an array of bored-looking guards.

mountain scenery

checkpoint

photo by Lynn & Paul

photo by Lynn & Paul

But mostly what we see are rocky, barren hillsides and an occasional acacia tree. It is a harsh land, but not without beauty. The hillsides change color as we travel – bits of the rainbow locked in stone.

mountain scenery

mountain scenery

mountain scenery

 

mountain scenery

mountain scenery

mountain scenery

mountain scenery

mountain scenery

We make one stop along the way, a scenic overlook with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. The scene includes a Bedouin village far off in the distance.

road with distance mountains

Bedouin Village in distance

I can also see tiny dots that seem to be moving.

child in rugged mountains

Indeed, a small group of children are running toward us with bags slung over their shoulders.

Bedouin children in the mountains

It doesn’t take long for them to reach us.

Child selling crafts

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