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May 27, 2015 - Yazd to Mashad Iran

I absolutely adored the mud brick city of Yazd. It is known for its “badgirs” or elaborate “chimneys” which channel the wind down into homes, cooling it off over water on its journey into the home and funneling the hot air away from the residence. As you can imagine, water also plays a major role in the desert; our guide pointed out the hundreds of bumps in the sand signaling qanats, or underground water channels. Yazd has an excellent museum detailing the lengths people have gone to maintain these channels and keep water flowing to the...

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May 26, 2012 - To Yazd

Wiki Info Yazd 5-25 Still in Kerman: The morning was somewhat frustrating in that being Friday, our planned excursion to the oldest working bazaar in Iran ran into closures at every turn. This was our own fault since what should have been our first tour day in Tehran we were so exhausted we slept. Therefore, we should have been to the bazaar yesterday in the original itinerary. As it was the Ganj Ali Khan Sq hammam and Jameh Mosque (from 1349) were both closed as well as many shops. It was fine with me especially since there was an old...

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May 25, 2012 - Caravaseri/Yazd

5-25 Still in Kerman: The morning was somewhat frustrating in that being Friday, our planned excursion to the oldest working bazaar in Iran ran into closures at every turn. This was our own fault since what should have been our first tour day in Tehran we were so exhausted we slept. Therefore, we should have been to the bazaar yesterday in the original itinerary. As it was the Ganj Ali Khan Sq hammam and Jameh Mosque (from 1349AD) were both closed as well as many shops. It was fine with me especially since there was an old lady fortune...

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May 24, 2007 - Back so quick

Well, the tension was building as we leave Doggy Biscuit. It's next stop Iran, and a beer free fortnight. The girls were fully hooded and booted as we got to the border. As crossings go, the whole thing was very smooth. Only 3/4 hours to process all the paper work and we were in. Whilst waiting we made our first discovery....it's cheap, very cheap. the equivelant of 50p for burger and coke. Diesel is only 1p per litre (it's actually less but I can't go any lower in sterling). The truck is actually very low in diesel as why pay the £1.10...

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Dec 11, 2006 - Yazd

Moved onto the chilled desert town of Yazd to avoid them Stepford Wives. This could be home for a while. Its awesome, and after the tragic 2004 earthquake in Bam (kinda just down the road, a bit) is now one of the best preserved still-inhabited mud cities in Iran (and the world). Its amazing to walk around the narrow winding streets especially at night when they are lit up with a gentle yellow light. It all feels a bit like the set of The Life of Brian ... "Alms for the poor, alms for the poor" and plenty of haggle scene. More to follow...

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Fuzz & Phil Run Away

May 7, 2006 - Yazd

Vine en autobus desde Shiraz a Yazd, en pleno desierto irani. Atravieso un paisaje biblico de tierra arcillosa y de vez en cuando se ven pueblos con casitas de adobe y barro de tejados abovedados. Parece que en cualquier momento va a salir Juan el Bautista. Es como la escenografia de "La vida de Brian". YAZD - Cito textualmente de Los Viajes de Marco Polo (que estuvo por aqui): "Yazd es una ciudad grande y muy importante para los comerciantes. Situa al lado de un desierto grande de arenas y una serie de montañas. Tiene muchos habitantes y...

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Nov 26, 2005 - A few other thoughts (updated 12-8)

One of the five pillars of Islam is giving alms to the poor. A handout we got at the shrine in Qom said that the alms are supposed to be 20% of annual savings. To make this easy to do, there are boxes everywhere along the streets, in the public buildings, in shops and hotels, at highway toll booths, where people can give their donations. The most numerous boxes are for the Relief Committee of Imam Khomeini, an organization whose mission is to help the poor with rent relief and clothing. Our guide told us that the boxes are emptied at least...

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Aug 9, 2005 - Yazd (y los reyes magos)

Llegué en bus a las 3 de la mañana a Yazd, ciudad del desierto iraní. Dormí unas 3 horas en un dormitorio y a salir porque esta misma noche debo partir a Mashhad, ciudad fronteriza con Turkmenistán (por lo de la visa limitada). Yazd fue un punto central de las antiguas rutas comerciales, especifícamente de una ruta hacia y desde la India, de hecho Marco Polo pasó por aquí. Yazd también es uno de los lugares más sagrados del Zoroastrismo (la religión persa debida a Zaratustra o Zoroastro quien nació en "algún sitio de Asia Central" pero que...

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Ruta de la Seda

Oct 10, 2004 - Yazd

at 8 a.m. (Oct 9) I was picked up by Mahsa, my guide. We drove to the Jameh mosque which is very unique (highest mosque in Iran), the Ateshkadeh (a zoroastrian temple of fire, the sacred flame burns since 470), a stroll through the old town with monuments, bazaar - a rest for tea in the wonderful teahouse of an ancient hammam, onwards to a quiet garden. Meanwhile I have already experience to get what I would like without farsi (in fact there is always someone around who speaks a little english and the people are so helpful)lunch in a very...

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