Mt. Sinai, Moses peak, the place where Moses got his 10 commandments from God. This 2285 m high mountain is nowdays a popular destination to watch sunrises and sunsets. Crowd, up to several 100 people, can be found on the top watching the sun paninting the landscape in bright colours.
And if you climb the mountain during the day you'll have it just for yourself.
There are two ways leading to the top. The Camel trail which is not too steep, and the stairs. The starting point is at St. Katherine's monastery and you have to manage some 700 m altitude differnece to the top. For those in better shape it can be done in 1 hour (1:12 for me).
If you are affraid it will be to much for you, you can rent a camle to tcarry you the larger part, just the last part, where both ways join, you'll have to do by yourself. You'll be rewarded with some spectacular views.
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From Sharm you can make whole day trip to Coloured Canyon which lies some 120 km north of Sharm, near Nuweiba.
Canyon got its name because there you can see many colourful, bright layers of stoneware.
The canyon is a result of many rainfalls some 500.000 years ago, when water cut its way into stone and left some beautiful structures behind.
In some places canyon gets really narrow. Not for those with claustrophobia.
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a little arabic lesson :-)
Well, first of all, they don't have 'p' , they say 'baba' instead of 'papa'...lol.... they have 'bebsi' instead of 'pepsi' ...lol :D
And here you go a little voc for the general development and , i think, it'a matter of politess to be able to say a few words of the country you're staying in :-)
First of all:
'shoukran' - thank you :-)
'shoukran kteer' - thank you very much :-)
'salam' - that's for either 'hello' or 'byessss' :-)
'amel eih?' - that's 'how are you?' for the man
'amla eih?' - that's the same for the girl
'tamam hamdollelah' - that's what they'll be happy to hear in response :-)))) 'good thank you God' :-)))))
'sabah el khaira'- good morning
'sabah el nour' - also good morning ('nour' means 'light'...they have looots of expressions concerning this point :-))) )
'mosaa el khaira' - good evening
'tamam' - means 'OK'
'mashy' they use for 'OK' , but very very willingly :-))))
St Catherines Monastery
This is well worth a visit about a 2 hours plus. The drive through the Sinai mountains and dessert was breathtaking.
The Monastery is were Moses saw the burning bush.
You can also ride camels up to the monastery as it is a bit of a walk.
After lunch we drove to Dahab were there are lots of sov shops cheaper than Naama Bay This is were you start to see the real Egypt.
Don't get scared!This is just a monopoly , BUT in arabic (they don't have 'p'...so it's gonna be kinda 'monoBoly' :-)) :-)
It's my friends' present :-) I hope we'll play it when we meet again and when I improve my arabic :-)
Drugs in Sharm
Sharm Al Sheikh is not the same like amsterdam and cristiano in denmark . You cant walk around in a place to choose and buy some joints and other drugs. It is illegal here in Egypt to buy, sell or smoke and use drugs. The punishment reach capital punishment for dealers and maximum 6 years for users.
This doesnt mean that there is no access to smoking in Egypt but there are lots of people who do smoke hash and marijuana.
Dont get trapped with stupid guys.
NOT IN PUBLIC
- Arts and Culture
Historical place where Musa a.s. made first contact with god.
You have to drive to desert about 3-4 hours, then you will walk about 2.5 hours, and after more then 700 steps you will be there. It is not easy, but who likes historical trip, it is must see
I wasn't really sure where to include this tip, which was more of an amzing co-incidence.
Whilst sitting in the departure hall in the airport, my friend and I were next to our gate. Passengers hand luggage has to be x-rayed at the gate by security which is never a bad idea.
However, we sat there for about 30 mins and the guard pulled aside 3 passengers in that time. They were all young, attractive girls, with low cut shirts and large 'shirt potatoes' .
Considering the diversity in ages, sex, shape and attire of all the passengers that were screen, we both thought it was an Amazing Co-incidence
Driving on the road from Sharm to Tor on the 5th April 2004 we witnessed a beautiful sight.
Thousands of these birds flying from south to north.
If any one knows the type of the bird please email me or add a comment.
- Road Trip
Shark's Bay is a cosy little bay bustling with life about half-way between the airport and Naama Bay.
On the west side of the bay are sun umbrellas, sun beds, toilets, showers and a snack restaurant operated by Pyramisa Hotel directly above.
At the other end are more litte restaurants, sunbeds and umbrellas though not quite up to the same quality.
In between is a row of kiosks with souvenirs, and a jetty with boats operating dive excursions, snorkeling trips, water skiing, para-gliding and even pedalos.
The snorkeling here all the way around headland is excellent with lots of colourful and very friendly fish.
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- Diving and Snorkeling
Sharm Reef Beach - A typical beach on Oum el Seid
Below is a picture of Sharm Reef Beach - typical of the many little coves and beaches surrounding Oum el Seid Hill in Sharm el Sheikh.
Not much sand, no play area for kids and a bit of a climb... but ...
the water's super clean and great for snorkeling !
All-terrain quad riding in the desert!
One of the most fun things to do in Sharm al-Sheikh is to go on a Quad tour through the desert. These 4-wheeled motorbikes are incredible. We had a great time doing this and it is a nice change from the beach and diving. There are loads of humps and bumps in the desert to thunder over.
If you go, don't wash your hair before, make sure you have very cheap sun glasses on, an old t-shirt and jeans, because you will return with half the Eastern Sahara all over you. Do take sun-glasses, because you will not be able to keep your eyes open otherwise, and make sure you wear long-sleave sweatshirts and no shorts, because the sand flying in your face can be a bit painful at high speeds. It is safe to take a camera, but make sure you take a hermetic & sealable cover to keep it in.
IMPORTANT: Safety legislations are not the same in Egypt as you may be used to at home. If you have any reason to doubt the safety of a quad, you must refuse to take it; most tours will give you your money back. If your quad seems to small to fit 2 people it certainly is, so don't ride it with a passenger. If there are marks of stickers having been removed, they probably were safety stickers that your tour operator has removed. Signs that are crossed-out means it's ok in Egypt, but US, EU and Japanese legislations wouldn't consider them safe. Head protection may be a good idea.
There are many safe and serious tour operators in Sharm, but there are also a few people who will let you take risks. DO NOT go with the tour operator associated with the Sofitel Hotel, I have personal experience with their total lack of concern for passenger safety, even though they are a large tour operator. I strongly recommend Sun'n'Fun tours who have their offices along Na'ama Bay (the tourist centre of Sharm), they were excellent and knowledgeable about their quads. They are safe and have well-kept material.
This is really worth it, because it's tremendous fun and will be a great memory of your holiday. Oh, and, take the big ones; you might as well!
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- Study Abroad
Each with a view
Many of the locals live in places that many wish they had. Just about every apartment in the area had some sort of view of the Red Sea.
Each of the places were painted white which is good for reflecting the sun and helping to keep the place cool in the summer when temps can get as high as 120 c during the hottest part of the day.
Usama bin Ladens summerresidence!
This IS Usama bin Ladens summerhouse!
I asked at the hotel,cabdriver and locals and they all said YES!
I did not see him around (maybe he was snorkeling)
Usama has a lot of houses around the world, but he is never visiting them, but somethimes his relatives visit this place.
Unbelievable? - belive it! This is true!!!!
- Arts and Culture
If You find a friendly cabdriver that speaks nice English, ask him if You could rent him for a day or two.
He will surely drive You wherever You like to go for half the price of what You have to pay to the travelagency,hotel or local dealers.A ride to Ras Mohammad - 200 Le for a full day trip (4 persons).
Ras um Sid - 25 Le single ride and the cabdriver will pick You up at the time You ask for.
Me and my wife took a cab trough the Sinai desert - a 500 km ride! - from Sharm to St: Catherines Monastery and then to Dahab for shopping and back to Sharm and I paid the cabdriver 450 Le (50 Euro).
We started at 8 and returned at 17 in the evening.
This was amazing! I will never forget it, Camelcaravans in the desert, mountains sand, oasis, marvelous views. This ride will stay in my mind forever!!!!!
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