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... out but we're told to go.
Not sure if this will be my last blog for about 10 days as we cross into or an tomorrow and I have been told we can't even send emails in Iran. For the whole time we will have to ride as one group and will be escorted by a government appointed guide.
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Will blog again soon.just heading off for my last beer for 10 days until we get out of Iran
After my eventful evening the night before, I had hoped for a long and quiet lie in. That was not to be, because at 4.45am I was awoken by a herd of wheely cases and general shouting of Japanese tourists. They had decided that they were the only people on the planet at that moment and so who cared how much noise they made and I must have been exhausted because I didn’t alight from my bed to remonstrate with them, though given their number I might have been in ...
... point but managed to capture some great pictures which have imprinted the memory forever. We arrived in Van, on a sunny day with kids on their way to school. I left the bus station quickly, got the most expensive taxi who ripped me off, as most of them have once they realize I am a 'naive' tourist. I managed to find a nice hotel room for 70 Lira which was clean, simple, well furnished and comfortable. I took a shower, threw my abaya in the trash and went to ...
... shore of Van Golu to the ferry dock for our boat trip out to Akdamar Is. From here a blissful 3 1/2 hours unfolded - on the water & on the gorgeous little island enveloped in beautiful spring sunshine. Flat green water, a gentle zepher, snow speckled peaks in the distance, a beautifully restored C10 Armenian church, fields of wildflowers, birdsong, no traffic. A special place. The exterior of the church is covered in wonderful relief carvings depicting ...
... idol 2. Castle in Kahta was closed when we first got there because the guy was late 3. The mosque in Mardin was closed for restoration 4. Hasankeyf was closes because a rock fell 5. The entire town of Dogubayazit was closed due to protest We are not a lucky group. Anyways, apparently the protest is to reflect on the day that the leader of PKK left the area. After dropping our things at the hotel we went to the only restaurant that was open, a picnic place. It ...
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