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On days 12 and 13 we left the coast behind, traveling into the harsh interior through a classical desert landscape to Mt. Sinai where the Ten Commandments were allegedly revealed. At the foot of Mt Sinai is the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Catherine, built (legend has it) around the burning bush that spoke to Moses. The hike to the top took over 3 hours, just in time to watch the sun set. The immediate hike down took 2 1/2 hours. My feet were killing me! In the morning we continued our journey, crossing the Suez Canal and returned to Cairo.

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