Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Red Sea, Egypt (April 7-8, 2008)

The Red Sea is supposedly named for the color of the mountains reflected in the water at sunrise and sunset. It is a warm turquoise sea, with spectacular snorkeling: the variety of coral and fish is amazing, and the water is surprisingly clear.

We stayed at a beach camp near Nuweiba, on the Gulf of Aqaba, which borders Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. At night, we could see the lights of Saudi Arabia across the water.

A blue boat floats in the turquiose waters of the Red Sea
A boy rides his camel along the otherwise deserted beach
Soft white sand and shallow turquoise water. Across the water to the northeast are Israel and Jordan.
One of the beach huts at sunset. The land across the water to the east (just barely visible in this photo) is Saudi Arabia.
On the road from Mt. Sinai to Nuweiba

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