Ali Qapu Hotel
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... Paddle boats for hire sit forlornly on the dry river bed.
I could spend thousands of words describing the splendour of it all. But I will let my inadequate pictures speak for me.
It isn't all wonderful - it's a big city with a population over 2 million and manic drivers!
Everone is surprised when I tell them Liz and I were in Iran 35 plus years ago. I can't wait to get home and finally sort out the pictures we took then and place them in the right towns.
... an old 17 Century building just off the motorway that has been recently renovated to create a very exotic service station. During his reign, Shah Abas the Great, built 999 such rest stations along major trading routes which traversed his empire.They provided 'hotel accommodation ' and safe refuge for the travelling tradesmen. Reputedly he never built the 1000th because 999 sounded more impressive. Anyway, imagine what a multi cultural experience ...
... Islamic art but I didn't expect the wonderful frescoes of Chehel Sotun Palace. They feature court scenes, battles, processions in vibrant color, very well preserved. In one of them Shah Tahmasp receives Humayun, the Indian Mughal prince who fled to Persia in 1543 (he will go back to reconquer Delhi & father the great Akbar).
A memorable afternoon visit to an Aladdin's cave of a teahouse, full of antique lamps, Sufi paraphernalia, ...
... ending but makes it so much easier when you are just watching. Steve seems a little dubious that the washing won’t dry in this 40 degree heat but I think we will be fine.
Today is also the day we start on our acid tablets, commonly known as malaria pills.
We got a few pointers on the main square today so don’t really have to go and visit it now. We are told it is the second largest square, however, it is ...
... We ate it and left in a rush reassuring the guy that we loved it.. We got to the main square and were really stunned with it's charm. We were really happy to be back to this
beautiful place once again after visiting it 4 years ago. Everything on the
square was closed so we just had a walk. Everywhere around us were
families sitting on their blankets picnicking around the fountains. The Iranians are famous for their picics, they go all out and ...