We travelled through the banks of the Red Sea for some time. One side it is sea and the other side dry mountain ranges of the desert. The water in the sea was somewhat greenish blue rather than red. However we could see red coloured pebbles on the sea shore. We got some time to wet our legs in the Red Sea.
The name of the sea may signify the seasonal blooms of the red-coloured alge near the water's surface. Some suggest that it refers to the mineral-rich red mountains nearby which are called Harei Edom. Edom, meaning "ruddy complexion", is also an alternative Hebrew name for the red-faced biblical character Esau (brother of Jacob), and the nation descended from him, the Edomites, which in turn provides yet another possible origin for Red Sea.
Taba is a small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba. Taba is the location of Egypt's busiest border crossing with neighboring Israel. Little more than a bus depot and a luxury hotel (complete with casino), Taba is a frequent vacation spot for Egyptians and tourists, especially those from Israel on their way to others destinations in Egypt or as a weekend getaway.
To a new Continent - From Asia to Africa
As we walked over the Taba border, it was really historic in our lives. For the first time in our lives we touched the soil of another continent. Apart from the views of Jerusalem, it was this moment that I have been waiting for. Africa has always fascinated me, first through writings of David Livingston, then through books of S.K.Pottekkad and of late through Steve Irvin. Though we were not going to explore the shaded areas of the Dark Continent, entering the continent of the Masai Mara was itself a thrilling experience for me. Perhaps it is the beginning...