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... of myself - self-explanatory except it was in the mirrored terrace of a fine palace in Shiraz.
The Hamam - you've seen this one before. Ancient Hamam, the owner and Soheil.
Smokers in the tea house - we stopped off in the tea house for tea (obviously) and these guys were hard at work puffing away on their water pipes. No casual smokers them - it was non-stop bubble-bubble.
Newly married - at the poet Sa'di's shrine this young ...
... at first, were far from the blandness I had craved for the previous days).
As the 16th century rhyme had it, such was the majesty of this city that "Esfahan nesf-e jahan" (Esfahan is half the world). The intervening centuries, and its size as the third biggest city in Iran, may have marred its overall timelessness with modern development, but there are still spacious oases of grandeur to be discovered within its boundaries.
... were collected to use on the farms. Sadly, most have been gazumped by chemical fertilisers. Khaju bridge is the most impressive of the many bridges spanning the (at the moment) dry river bed. With incredible acoustics in the lower arches, people practiced their singing there. We had a peaceful walk in some lovely gardens, saw a very old bridge, then decided on a quiet afternoon after a late lunch. Tomorrow we go to Shiraz. I don't hold much hope for a nice drop of ...
... give the impression of height to their physique.
*We check in at the Abbasi Hotel, one of the closest to the old centre and by reputation only, one of the best in town. We actually prefer small, quiet hotels and this, the Abassi is certainly not. Admittedly, it has a huge garden area at the rear which is pleasant enough. But the breakfast buffet is a bunfight. And later that evening, there are queues of people waiting outside to be admitted for ...
... of the pious Seljuks thru the Ilkhanid Mongols to the refined balance & flair of the Safavid high point. The place just breathes history.
Then it was off to Jolfa, the Armenian quarter on t'other side of the (no longer flowing) river. We started at the Vank cathedral, which is covered with a fabulously rich series of frescoes depicting biblical scenes many & various. I especially liked the lurid Day of Judgement. The Armenians ...