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Jun 2, 2019 - Iran - Off the Beaten Track

Hard to come to terms with the fact that this amazing and unusual trip of contrasts and adventures has finally come to an end. But wait, there is still one day left in Tehran before we hit the sand dunes of Doha, Qatar tomorrow. On Saturday evening, again Sara organised an interesting Persian Traditional House Courtyard restaurant for an interesting dinner after which Cameron and I, the Swiss guys and German Gabriel (these guys have been so much fun and good company) had a walk around town past all the little shops, restaurants and tea...

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May 21, 2019 - Tehran - a brush with the law

An interesting day in Chaotic Tehran yesterday. As mentioned before, not a WOW city, not geared for tourists and sightseeing is limited and sights never quite live up to our Lonely Planet guide, which by the way I would not recommend (not a great guide book). On arrival at the Metro this morning we discovered our $1 metro card had run out of funds after 4 days of usage, as we tried to go through the barriers and that’s where the fun began. As we were making a spectacle of ourselves by trying to top up with all instructions only in Farsi, a...

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May 20, 2019 - Tehran - starting to appeal, we’ve finally gelled!

Tehran and I are finally starting to gel! It’s certainly not a WOW city, it kind of grows on you. There’s nothing really special except for the people who really are making it a special city. The sights are interesting but not strikingly beautiful, as a traveller genuinely interested in the different nationalities and what makes them tick, how differently they live their lives compared from mine, I am in my element. However, I certainly can see why their are not busloads of European, American, Japanese or Chinese tourists racing around...

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May 3, 2016 - Tehran

April 28 Tehran Day two, two more museums, another palace! Enjoyed all three. The Carpet Museum was first on the list. Displays outlined the history of carpet making in Iran, the different kinds of carpets, a bit about process. Best of all though was the display of carpets. Amazing! There was a variety of ages of carpets and a mix of nomad (pattern comes from inspiration of the weaver) and city carpets (pattern designed and followed precisely). Then it was off to the Glassware and Ceramic Museum. Here the building itself was reason enough...

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Apr 30, 2016 - Tehran

Wednesday, April 27 Tehran Greetings from Tehran! Arrived at the airport in the wee hours of the morning yesterday. Once my bag finally showed up (It must have been on one of the last loads off the plane!), immigration was a piece of cake. We even were waved through for having our bags x-rayed. Then our group of 6 waited forever, it seemed, for 3 more people only one of whom actually emerged from the immigration area! Then an hour drive to the hotel. We turned the light out at 5:30 a.m.! We had left my place at roughly 7 a.m. on Sunday the...

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Apr 12, 2015 - Farewell to Iran

Sunday April 12 Tehran airport Well my very interesting 17 days in Iran are over and we are sitting at the airport trying to drink a disgusting coffee. Only because we are thirsty. Taxi to airport a bit scary, Jean Claude in the front seat was terrified as he couldn't see out the windscreen in the heavy rain - I could just see through the drivers side. Barely functioning wipers so he got a generous tip to get new ones. Our last day and a half in Tehran made us like this city a little more. Friday night we went to the Artists centre for...

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Iran, Dubai and Oman

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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