November 15, 2010

Sinai Sunset

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In Egypt, under Ptolemy II, a road was built linking Marsa Alam and Edfu and is still in use. Tourists wishing to travel on this route used to do that in convoys until the recent past, and probably still do.

Taxi operators need to take prior permission from the relevant authorities before transporting tourists.

I travelled on this road from Marsa Alam to Luxor one warm evening last year. This is a shot of the sunset viewed from the desert road along the Sinai.

Sinai desert
Egypt

28 comments:

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi :)
grazie per la visita e le tue belle parole !!
Si, il mio posto è veramente da sogno e ringrazio sempre il Signore che mi dà la possibilità economica di potermelo permettere !
Grande giallo in questo tuo tramonto serale.
Bella immagine :)
Buona giornata.
Myriam :))

Saibal Barman said...

Is it where the Mount Sinai located too?? Wow...the top wherefrom the Lord empowered men (common nown) with faculties...
Great sunset photography...doing really superb in twilight shots, Celine.

indicaspecies said...

Myriam,
I had your words translated, and thank you very much for the compliments. Have a lovely day.


Saibal,
Thank you.
The Sinai Peninsula is huge (estimated to be 60,000 sq.km.). This photo was shot during a journey in the desert while nearing Luxor.

The Mount Sinai you may be referring to is a mountain located in St Catherine City located in the Sinai Peninsula region.
I have seen the Mount Sinai as well in early 2009 winter time, after a fascinating road journey from Sharm El-Sheikh when I reached St. Catherine's. There is a picture of St. Catherine's monastery located at the base of Mount Sinai on my blog post here:
http://indicaspecies.blogspot.com/2009/03/egypt-land-of-ancient-wonders.html

If you are asking about the Biblical Mount Sinai (of the Ten Commandments fame), then todate, it is not very clear if the Mount Sinai in St. Catherine's City is the same mentioned in the Bible or is a different one altogether. Many scholars are of the opinion that the biblical Mount Sinai is an ambiguously located mountain and is said to be in the region of modern Jordan, maybe near Petra, or modern Syria.

Leah said...

A lovely sunset... breathtaking. Wow..

http://neneleah30.blogspot.com/2010/11/antique-visit.html

Greyscale Territory said...

Beautiful atmosphere in this sunset scene! Love it!

EG Wow said...

It must be amazing to travel that road imagining what it would have been like centuries ago.

The sky is very beautiful.

AJEYA RAO said...

Nice...

Kay L. Davies said...

An amazing journey and a spectacular sunset photo!
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Kim, USA said...

Wow the sun is glorious!! Lovely capture!
Mellow Yellow Monday

NatureFootstep said...

the shadows from the clouds makes this scene special. :)

Shelby said...

breath taking!!!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

How exciting to travel a road that is thousands of years old. Beautiful sunset.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful sunset!

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SandyCarlson said...

Utterly gorgeous, my friend.

Eden said...

Simply beautiful!

Leovi said...

Beautiful sunset in the desert. I also I have pictures in the desert at sunset on the way to Luxor from Hurghada. Greetings.

Life Ramblings said...

lovely sunset.

nuts said...

perfect sunset!

Indrani said...

Such a beautiful moment captured.

libererlesprit said...

wow

nonizamboni said...

One stunning capture!!

And SO nice to see your name pop up on my site again, prompting me to stop by and see what you've been doing and seeing.

Thanks for sharing a bit of Egypt.

Johnny Nutcase said...

that's a pretty perfect sunset - glad you were able to see it and get such a good picture!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's a beautiful shot. My suns always look distorted -- I have so much to learn.

Love reading about your travels.

Anu said...

Absolutely wonderful!!

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

This is a great picture that works well with the occasional clouds.

Trotter said...

Wow! Awesome!!

gemini said...

Amazing shot and very rare.

Priyank said...

Hi Celine! You have to label this post as "Egypt" or "Sinai" so that I can click and devour some more. :-) It must have been quite magical!