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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.
... look very austere by comparison. Old multi-arched, multi-level bridges built by various Shahs cross the (dry) Esfahan river. That night we hung out in a traditional metalwork shop with a friend of the girls. Masoud was a master engraver, working away on a new piece while we drank chai, ate dates and watched. Legit.
I had a great time in Esfahan, all thanks to the wonderful hospitality of this group of friends. It was ...
... that as the gate keeper was nowhere to be seen. But pigeon poop was and I found it, sat right in it on the grass, brilliant. We visited a war memorial cemetery dedicated to soldiers in a war against Iraq. Then to an Armenian church, the paintings on the walls inside are amazing, but the body proportions are really out of whack. They also have a museum which is full of random bits such as, a piece of hair which has a script written on it, ...
... make the hostel a day early. The wave of euphoria rippled through the bus, I was compelled to high five the people all around. We still had a 4 hour drive and Graham and I started singing you've lost that loving feeling to get the truck buzzing, soon many joined in and we sang loads of songs. We arrived around 10pm and were allocated rooms in 3's and 4's. We found a small fast food restaurant where a local ...
... have mat, cooker, containers of food. Gather around to eat, chat and relax. Seems close knitted group or family. At the bottom of the bridge where water runs off the "dam", locals walks on it - cools their feet when the day is hot. The way I see them, as it is at the beach.
Esfahan is 17th century old city. Believe it or not, it is way older than Tehran, the capital city of Iran. Lot ...