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Jun 2, 2012 - Tehran

6-2 Last bus ride in Iran through Damghan where we saw lots of pistachios for sale in stands along side the road. The countryside was quite green around Shahroud and through Damghan perhaps due to a better than usual amount of spring rains in this region. Further S. where we traveled earlier in the tour to Shiraz they've been experiencing drought for the past 5+ years. Semnan was next and I did feel the increase in altitude (to 1,138 meters)...I get a toothache where I had my tooth capped 3 years ago. We see the Alborz mountain range all...

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May 19, 2012 - Tehran

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehran 5-20 Second full day in Iran was GREAT! Great largely because our guide, Ata, epitomized the Iranian spirit...gracious, giving, generous, and most informative. He admits he has a great job, loves it, and it shows in his enthusiasm and desire to please. At one point, Bonnie's glasses ended up on the ground in the street where we were trying to cross. As 'luck' would have it, I only noticed them when a motorbike drove over them right in front of us making a crunching sound. Ata said we were lucky! He went...

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May 18, 2012 - Fly to Tehran, Iran

5-18 Most of the day just getting ready, doing internet, and getting to the airport...all went fine. Both Qatar flights served some food, second one (1am-4am) a full meal! 5-19 Bon had not written an answer to the tour company's last email requesting our arrival time so after finger printing (a reciprocal deal since US now does it to every foreigner coming in as well - no other country we've visited does this!), we sat waiting/hoping they got Bon's email on Friday - of course, they're closed on Friday's. We waited 'til 9 then asked the...

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May 6, 2009 - Iran

Our next stop was Shiraz, Iran after a delayed flight with Iran Air in an old and rickety aircraft. In Iran, we took a private tour with both a driver and an English speaking guide - very necessary as few people speak English and all signs are written in Farsi script which was indecipherable to us. The antiquity of the country is astonishing with many buildings being more than 2000 years old. On the first day we visited Persepolis, the capital of ancient Persia, and the necropolis of Darius and Xerxes, major kings from about 500BC . The...

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Oct 1, 2008 - Back in Tehran

October 1, 2008 – Wednesday- Isfahan/Tehran We had a morning flight back to Tehran. As we drove into the city center we stopped at the Azadi Monument that celebrates the 2,500 year anniversary of the Persian Empire. I had visited this monument on my own the previous week but this time we were on the opposite side it which yielded some nice, new perspectives of this impressive structure. After lunch we went to the Glass & Ceramics which I rank as one of the Top Ten small museums I’ve ever been in. The exterior and interior of the building...

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Sep 25, 2008 - More Tehran Exploration

The 18 members of the group that are going with me through Iran and Central Asia have been filtering in to Tehran during the last 24 hours. One of them, Loren Dolman, arrived in Tehran a couple of days early like I did. I discovered we are both avid photographers. Thus, while the rest of the group used the morning to recover from their jetlag, being well rested we hired a taxi to shuttle us to a few sites around the city. First we drove north to the Shohada Museum that is dedicated to the “martyrs” of the Iran-Iraqi war, a gruesome 8 year...

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Sep 24, 2008 - Exploring Tehran on Foot

During my 2005 visit to Tehran I didn’t make it to the Tehran Bazaar. The hotel this year is only a 15 minute walk away. Since most members of the group I'll be traveling with won't arrive until tonight, I set out on a morning walk to the bazaar. There is never a break in the traffic on the busier streets of Tehran and many view it as the most intimidating city in the world for pedestrians. On the way to the bazaar I began observing how Iranians cross the street. The answer is that they don’t try to cross a street they simply try to make...

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Sep 23, 2008 - Arrival in Tehran

Everything went as right today as it went wrong yesterday. I zipped from my Bucharest airport hotel to Openti airport, returned the rental car with the Police Accident Report that I painfully obtained the previous evening and by 1000 was on my way to Tehran with a change of planes in Istanbul on Turkish Airlines which is a noteworthy recent addition to the Star Alliance. (See my Axis of Evil – Part 1 journal if you want to know what went wrong yesterday). Both flights were on time and there was a half hour time change so I arrived in Tehran...

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Dec 13, 2006 - Tehran

Just winding down another chilly but very chilled day in Yazd before boarding the overnight sleeper train to the capital, Tehran. We will be in a 6-sleeper cabin, so Fuzz is eagerly anticipating another memorable journey of body odour, cleared phlegm and more high-volume, all-night, animated banter amongst the locals. Her Fragrant Flyer miles will soon be sufficient to purchase a brand new glitzy tissue-box holder for the back of our next Ford Cortina. A few more trips and we can put fur on the dashboard ... is fake tiger skin too much to...

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May 1, 2006 - En Iran!!!

Ayer cruze de Turquia a Iran entrando por Bazargan y me doy cuenta que todos mis temores eran infundados. Absolutamente ningun problema en que me sellen el pasaporte. En la camionetilla que hace el trayecto entre Dogubayazit a Bazargan (frontera irani) yo era, una vez mas, la unica extranjera y la unica mujer. Un irani que trabaja en las aduanas en la frontera y que iba en esta camioneta decidio hacer la buena accion del dia conmigo y ayudarme a cruzar. Se cargo mi mochila al hombro y me llevo junto a la policia turca. Le deje hacer las...

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Nov 26, 2005 - The presence of the government

We have run up against the government in a couple of ways. The first was that Americans (and supposedly the British) can only come to Iran if we submit an itinerary and we have a guide. And not just any ole guide, a special guide who belongs to some special government organization. He doesn't have to sleep on the floor beside our bed, but otherwise he is supposed to be with us every minute that we are not in our hotel room. After two and half weeks, it is getting pretty oppressive. A second way we ran into the regime was in trying to...

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Aug 4, 2005 - Teherán

Lamentablemente tuve que viajar ayer de día (10 horas) a Teherán, llegué de noche y la ayuda de un iraní en el bus que hablaba inglés fue muy valiosa (después de que ya tenía un vocabulario de 10 palabras en turco, me salió cambio a farsí o persa). Porque la visa de Turkmenistán es muy limitada e Irán es el país que tiene más para ver en esta ruta de la seda (considerando que ya había estado en Turquía y China, y que Uzbekistán es pequeño) no puedo más que visitar lo fundamental de la capital en un día. Pero lo primero que hice fue ir a la...

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