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the Sinai Rest House, a complex of shops and stores and restaurants just after the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel in Suez, also has a mini musuem dedicated to the building of the suez canal and inside the one room museum are various black and white pictures, a large diorama of the suez canal with explanations and some artifacts and materials used in buidling...more
there is an ancient remains of a well in an mini oasis in suez, just minutes before arriving along the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel along the South Sinai Highway where you will have a whistle stop if on a christian pilgrimage as the ancient wells here were the ancient Israelites stayed for a few months during the exodus and today you will see just remains of...more
the shortest route from Asian Sinai to African Mainland Egypt will be the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel, which is one of the three crossings from Asia to Africa in Suez town, with the other crossings being bridges but will take another 30 to 40 minutes detour north of the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel so most Tour Buses use this tunnel as a direct way from south sinai...more
Ain Sokhna is located about 110 km east of Cairo; you can drive there in less than 90 minutes along the Katameya Road. If you don’t have your own car or are not up for renting one, getting there by bus is easy enough. From Almaza Station in Cairo (tel. 419-8533), East Delta buses leave for Suez every 30 minutes from 6:30am through 7pm. After the...more
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located just 3 minutes after exiting the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel from Asian Sinai to African Mainland Egypt, the Sinai Rest House is a small complex of eateries, convenience stores and souvenir shops geared for the travellers that go to and from the long drive from Cairo to areas of the Sinai and inside also is a small museum dedicated to the Suez Canal.
What to buy: you can buy egyptian food, snacks, soft drinks, juices and more at the convenience store and eat at the assorted roadside eateries for authentic egyptian and middle eastern food and even shop for assorted egpytian souvenirs.
What to pay: not a dent on your wallet
Many Asian and African countries, including Egypt, are predominantly Muslim, so the religious sites you are most likely to encounter, are, predictably, mosques. This is a brief tip of advice, written from the point of view of a non-Muslim, female traveler (yours truly!!!):
- Do dress modestly, covering arms, legs, shoulders and the like, no frivolous dressing will be allowed. Hire the modest dress if needed;
- Check whether you are allowed into the mosque at all, since most of them admit you only into the courtyard, and some do not admit non-Muslims at all. However, in several countries you may be able to visit the interiors of many mosques;
- Respect the boundaries laid and do not attempt to enter further (I saw such a thing once, and it did arouse ill-feeling);
- If possible try to avoid going even to the courtyard on Friday afternoon, since I remember this is the most important praying time of the week;
- If you are curious, feel free to ask questions (though not of people hurrying to pray) and most likely you will be answered: I’ve always found people proud of their culture and heritage and ready to explain it;
- Do not criticize things we in Europe and in the West might (such as separate praying space for men and women), for such are the customs of the land and mosques are the least appropriate places for such topics.
This advice is based only on common sense, but it allowed me to see something of the mosques and learn loads of interesting info on Muslim countries, their religion, and culture. Really helped me when we had a general education class on religions at University:))
My husband and I had the misfortune of ending up at the Suez bus station, on our way to St. Katherine's Monastery ( to climb Mt. Sinai ).THIS IS WHAT SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED :Take the East Delta Bus from Cairo ( Mahatet Al Turgoman area ), direct to St. Katherine's monastery : 6 hours trip total.WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO US :We go to the East Delta...more
Egypt has had some problems during the 1990’s with attacks directed against Western Tourists. Today the Tourism Police is there to directly protect tourists against any possible attack again. Hence movement on overland roads and some areas may be restricted to convoys and armed guards. On some desert roads tourists are not allowed to travel...more
Travels to places like Tunisia involves a lot of fighting the heat, especially if you, like me (I am still surprised as to why I did that), go there right in the middle of the summer. Here’s a list of useful items to take:
- Hats and other covering: Large brimmed hats that provide head covering and some shade. For women, they are also a proof of modesty, welcomed when visiting old churches and mosques. Scarves and the like covering shoulders and arms can keep the sun off during treks. A cloth hat or scarf can be soaked to help keep the head cool.
- "Squeeze Breeze": this is a water bottle with a sprayer and a battery-operated fan attached. The beach toy to take with you!
- Sun block: While sun blocks may be purchased in Tunisia, people tend to prefer sticking with their own favourite brand (the skin, too, ‘gets used’ to it), and there’s not guarantee you’ll find it on the spot. So take your own, if you have preferences!
If you have no plastic card (either a debit, or a credit one) and do not wish to be bothered with travelers cheques (where commission charges tend to be quite high) you will be better off taking with you determinate currency. At present, these currencies are clearly Euros (#1, offering the best exchange rate) and US Dollars (as widely accepted but...more
Everybody (well, almost!) likes receiving letters - I certainly do, though there are other, more modern and efficient means of communication - e-mail, phone, and such like. However, if you simply like getting letters or if you need, say, the originals or paper copies of some documents sent to you while you are on the move, you can use the poste...more