Esfahan Tourist Hotel
- Continental Breakfast
- Drycleaning onsite
- Minbar in room
- Non-smoking hotel
- Multilingual staff
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This is a collection of photos of people I have gathered in Iran. Explanations are as follows, relating to photo captions.
Family from Persian Gulf - I was struck by the bright clothes and my guide (Soheil) found out they were from the far south of Iran near the Persian Gulf. Like everyone I asked they were happy to have me take their picture. Some people asked me to take their picture when the thought hadn't crossed my mind.
... was the imposing and variegated Masjad-e-Jameh (Jameh Mosque); this edifice was commenced by the Seljuks, after making Esfahan their capital in 1047, and as a history of Turkic, Persian and Mongol architecture in itself, is testament to the waves of conquerors that have been and gone. (Of course, at the end of that list, the giant heads of the Ayatollahs previous and present overlook the courtyard). And in sooth, there was a rarefied air to ...
... and we spent a little time there, and observed some of the artisans producing work. After some tea in a tea house, complete with a smoking room for hookah pipes, we'd had enough. We ate doner kebabs at the dry river bed near our hotel, talking to locals who were curious about us. Next day, Friday was a lot quieter. We saw a pigeon tower, 400 years old. There used to be so many of these in the past. They provided roosting & nesting for pigeons, and ...
... seems crazy considering the food is so mediocre.
*After hotel check in we have to go and register at the local police station dealing with foreign visitors. Supposedly the need for our itinerary to be approved is for our own safety. Yes, we've heard that line before. Our guide does not realise that office has moved location since his last visit and helpfully no one tells him (if you do not ask the right question,you do not get the right answer) ...
... Of course one of them owned a shop in the bazaar and offered to give us a free demonstration of how they make the patterned tablecloths we had seen around. We of course knew that he was trying to get a sale off us and told him we couldn't buy anything but he was super friendly and didn't have the sneaky salesman sort of vibe so we went with them. It turned out to be an awesome experience and made our day. It was a Friday which is like a public holiday in Iran as everyone goes ...