St. Catherine Monastery And Dahab

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St. Catherine

St. Catherine Monastery.

The following day, we spent the morning checking out the famous St. Catherine’s Monastery, a 15 minute walk from the camp. This is an Eastern Orthodox institution dating back to the mid-500s and is the tourist magnet of the area. We were in the Red Sea (Gulf of Aqaba) town of Dahab later in the afternoon. We bummed around the touristy town and enjoyed a sea food dinner with Misha and his wife, Anna, that evening; a much appreciated respite from the chicken & rice fare.

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Dahab

Dahab.

Our one full day in Dahab was to be a rest day filled with water activities. Somehow sitting there on the beach and sipping Bloody Marys, with some local beer chasers and even a touch of Egyptian whiskey, the day got away from us and we hardly did anything. Oh well. We did pick up a couple (plastic) bottles of Egyptian rum recommended to us by Misha one of which would accompany us into the desert while the other one took a longer trip back to the US.

Photos

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On the way to the monastery. Notice the barriers on the road with a few military and police checkpoints standing between the monastery and the rest of Sinai (Dec. 2020).

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Views of Jebel Safsafa from our morning walk to the St. Catherine Monastery (Dec. 2020).

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Shirley and the monastery walls (Dec. 2020).

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What are the good brothers growing in the greenhouses?

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A chapel on the monastery grounds (Dec. 2020).

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Misha and Shirley just outside the monastery walls (Dec. 2020).

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Shirley and Misha at the entrance to the main part of the monastery (Dec. 2020).

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The bell tower and the mosque minaret (Dec. 2020).

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Shirley and Misha at the monastery with the main bell tower (where Misha was involved in some fix up work that relied on his climbing skills recently) and the minaret of the mosque right behind it (Dec. 2020).

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Monastery grounds (Dec. 2020).

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Monastery grounds (Dec. 2020).

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A mosaic (I think; Dec. 2020).

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St. Catherine Monastery (Dec. 2020).

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St. Catherine Monastery (Dec. 2020).

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Monastery wall with structures for winching up supplies (Dec. 2020).

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St. Catherine’s Monastery (Dec. 2020).

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A closer look (Dec. 2020).

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Hikers coming back from their Mount Sinai trek (Dec. 2020).

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St. Catherine Monastery (Dec. 2020).

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Just outside of monastery (Dec. 2020).

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Herbs man (Dec. 2020).

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Packing up at Fox Camp for the drive to Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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A giant mosaic at the edge of St. Catherine (Dec. 2020).

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An intersection outside of St. Catherine (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab-bound (Dec. 2020).

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A mosque in Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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Center of the tourist part of Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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Let’s do some shopping (Dec. 2020).

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Egyptian rum complete with a plastic bottle and a caricature of a person of color (…must be authentic then).

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Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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“Taxi? Taxi?”

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Roy – the highlight of our hotel stay in Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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Heading for the Dahab waterfront (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab waterfront (Dec. 2020).

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Doga (Dec. 2020).

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Seafood places on the waterfront (Dec. 2020).

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Shirley and Anna waiting for our dinner (Dec. 2020).

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I’m not looking at your food (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab waterfront after dark (Dec. 2020).

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Ready to tear into it (esp. Shirley who’s been a bit rice-and-chickened out; Dec. 2020).

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A good dinner (Dec. 2020).

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Handsome Roy (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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The backstreets of Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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Chillin (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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No, he’s alive (Dec. 2020).

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Chilling on the beach in Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab. Those mountains on the other side of the Gulf Of Aqaba are in Saudi Arabia (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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Dahab (Dec. 2020).

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