Staying at Taba Heights, Sofitel Hotel with Thomson's we where disappointed that Thomson's no longer run trips to St Catherine's but in the hotel foyer is a limousine service. So within minutes all was sorted for my wife and I to visit the Monastery by taxi the next day.
At 7.30am our taxi driver Mohammed Saadi was waiting for us outside our hotel and for the next 8 hours he entertained us with his wit and knowledge. At no time did we feel at unease with Mr Saadi driving, he took great pride in his car and in his driving of it. Our drive to St Catherine's was around 21/2 to 3 hours but the time past very quickly because of the "crack" we was having with Mohammed. We did pass 4 road blocks, two of them having to show our passports. The tickets to St Catherine's are bought just past the last road block and cost 25 el each (around £2-50p or $4)
First stop was the gift shop with toilets next door. A short drive takes you to the carpark. Only 2 coaches and 4 cars was in the carpark. From the carpark it is maybe 600 yards, slightly uphill to walk to the Monastery. We was pestered by locals asking if you wanted to ride up in cars or by horse and cart. After walking up we stopped for a coffee and tea before looking around St Catherine's itself. We did the tour with our driver who acted as our guild. The trip took us around one hour.
When we left the Mon
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