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May 17, 2015 - Iran: Kandovan to Persepolis

I have always been curious about Iran. The few Iranians I have met have spoken of developed cities and friendly people. Of course, the media we receive gives the impression of a backwards, American-hating crowd. Then again, students did hold several Americans hostage not all that long ago..... Thrilled to be able to visit Iran at all, we were only allowed entry as part of a guided group. Unfortunately, what this meant was that we had to be guided, EVERYWHERE. We were basically on house arrest. Trying to get 18 overlanders to agree on...

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Apr 4, 2015 - Update no: 3

Wednesday April 8 We've spent the last 3 nights in the picturesque city of Esfahan which was once capital of Iran. About 2 million population and is the greenest city in Iran. Tree lined streets,lots of flowers and illuminations. Some beautiful arched bridges. On one of them people sing at night. Not busking though, just for pleasure or to show off. People here as everywhere are so friendly. Bought some earrings and the owner drew a small sketch of a woman and gave it to me. The main square, Imam Square is the second largest in the world...

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Iran, Dubai and Oman

May 27, 2012 - Esfahan

Still in Yadz: We walked thru the bazaar visiting the famous gallery of Mustafa and son Ali Fotowat miniature artworks. A great pleasure and honor to meet them both and see Mustafa at work! Our lunch was at Bastini Traditional Restaurant in the bazaar ...a huge place with tons of Iranians having their main meal of the day. After a long afternoon rest we headed for the Zayandi River and the famous bridges which cross it. In the eve we continued our walk in the bazaar stopping at several carpet shops. After wishing James (UK guy) a happy 30th...

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Sep 10, 2010 - Esfahan

Iran Nach 1300 Km auf dem Sattel sind wir in Esfahan angekommen und nehmen uns ein paar Tage Auszeit um neue Kräfte zu sammeln. Die letzten Wochen radeln im Iran haben doch einige Kräfte gekostet und wir genießen es 5 Tage an einem Ort zu sein- und Esfahan ist schon etwas ganz besonderes. Der Grenzübertritt von der Türkei bereitete keine Probleme und schon nach den ersten Metern wurden wir förmlich von der iranischen Gastfreundschaft überrannt. Sofort bekamen wir Adressen und Einladungen zum Essen und Übernachten. Aber wir sind abends oft...

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Bikefeeling

Sep 30, 2008 - Exploring Esfahan

September 30, 2008 – Tuesday – Isfahan Our day began at the Chehel Sotun Palace just west of Iman Square. The palace is fronted by picturesque gardens and the interior offers a host of art objects, particularly frescoes that portray the Persian pursuit of pleasure during the past five centuries. Remarkably, some of the bawdy scenes in the frescoes survived the 1979 Revolution when museum caretakers held off a cleansing and destructive effort by fundamentalists. The photos say more than any further verbal description. The next stop was the...

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Sep 29, 2008 - Esfahan - Iman Square

We spent the morning at Iman Square. In addition to being a great place to observe Iranians in their daily lives, it is also home to spectacular Persian Islamic architecture. If you want more info about Persian architecture try: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_architecture Entering the vast square from the SW on Beheshti Street you are likely to feel overwhelmed by the architectural wonders competing for your attention. Immediately in front of you is the immense grassy courtyard with its pool and fountains. Behind the fountains on the...

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Sep 28, 2008 - Shiraz to Esfahan

We began the day at the Bagh-e Eram Botanical garden on the NW end of the city. The cool greenery of the garden creates a remarkable contrast with the stark, bald mountains looming in the north. There is a modest palace on the grounds but of more interest are the many young Iranians strolling the grounds or enjoying the deep shade on a morning when the temperature was rising rapidly. I wouldn’t classify the place as a world-class botanical garden but it certainly is an unanticipated oasis in the harsh environment of Shiraz. In an earlier...

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Dec 5, 2006 - Behind the Veil - Part 3

Flights to Esfahan are only $50 and take about an hour. Not on your nelly. This is a budget backpacker trip so we gladly opted for the 16 hour overnight bus ride costing only $8. You see, the journey is cheaper and you save on a night's accommodation. Genius. Not! What a hell trip. The music was louder, the smells more pungent and the roads even bumpier. This is also Police Roadblock country so we had a dozen of those to contend with. They didn't disturb the foreigners though ... which is civil of them. We got to Esfahan at about 6.30am,...

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Fuzz & Phil Run Away

May 3, 2006 - Isfahan un dia cualquiera camino de Shiraz

AM Sigo en Isfahan que, segun me dice mi amiga Ana, esta hermanada con Friburgo (Alemania). Ahi dejo el dato señores. Estoy escribiendo en la sala de Internet de la Libreria de la Universidad de Isfahan. He vuelto a meter la pata con esto de los sexos. He entrado toda lanzada a la sala del internet y me ha parado un aprendiz de mullah con tunica larga, turbante y barbas para decirme que esta sala estupenda con grandes ventanales y luz natural es para los hombres. Women downstairs. Cielos! Hasta la sala de los ordenadores esta segregada....

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May 2, 2006 - Isfahan

Ya he llegado a Isfahan y en verdad que es una ciudad preciosa. Hasta el aeropuerto es bonito, todo limpito con sus mosaicos azules oscuros y turquesas y su aspecto de pequeño palacete persa. Hay un pequeño jardin donde la parada de taxis que te hace sentir frescor a pesar de que hace bastante calor y el viento es asi como de bochorno. Ayer recorri toda la ciudad a pie que es como mejor se ve todo. Con sus mezquitas de cupulas doradas y azules, su bazar oscuro y fresco, su rio flanqueado a ambos lados por un paseo de cesped perfectamente...

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Aug 29, 2005 - Wonderful Esfahan

We have the luxury of a three night stop here. Esfahan is beautiful. We have visited a mosque, a palace and 4 bridges so far. We feel really safe walking around as the people are very friendly and sometimes give us presents. Which petrol station in the UK offers tea while you fill up at 7pence per litre. The water is more expensive. Great scenery throughout.

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Aug 5, 2005 - ¡Isfahán!

Probablemente sólo baste decir que la arquitectura de esta antigua capital no tiene nada que envidiarle al Taj Mahal (he viajado mucho y creía que ésa era la construcción más hermosa). Puedo decir que las mezquitas de Isfahán son similares artísticamente al Taj (que es arquitectura musulmana, más que india) pero a color, simplemente no son tan conocidas como el símbolo de la India, ¿qué más podría contar? (un poema del siglo 16 dice que esta ciudad es una mitad del mundo). Mañana después de un día de visita a otros sitios, aunque...

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