Travel Blogs from Yazd
... but still used system) of air conditioning. The richer homes have eight vents in their wind tower while the poorer have only two or four vents. When you stand inside under the wind tower vents you can feel the cool air, which we discovered at a large wind tower in a garden. We started off our tourist day with a visit to a Fire Temple where there is an eternal flame and not much else. We then took a half hour walk through the back streets in the severe heat to a water museum ...
... in residence....a crumbling Sassanian castle and lastly an amazing pigeon tower (used to lure birds inside so that their droppings can be harvested for fertilizer).
Back in Yazd in time for a late lunch/snack with my traveling companions, Derya & Hakan (2nd generation Turkish Germans).
Later I ventured into Nader's recommended carpet shop to learn about the local product. I was severely tempted by two carpets - one of Zoroastrian design from a village ...
... in a greasy kebab house for the night. Sorry Iran but your evenings suck. What also sucks is having a check out of 9am. 9AM - who the hell enforces a check out at that hour? My alarm doesn't function until at least an hour later than that. What's worse is we had to hang around until 7:30pm for our overnight bus to Mashhad. Sam managed to get us a later check out of 10:30am but it still made for a very long day. The overnight bus to Mashhad was comfortable enough ...
... cool. We found
our way onto the roofs with a little help from some construction workers nearby
and that was cool. Climbing over the
scaffolding was not so cool but the view from the top of the old town was
pretty impressive. You could even just
about make out our hotel from up there.
This afternoon brings us on a cake hunt for Gill’s b’day
party. She doesn’t drink much so ...
... colours. Apparently these precious items are sold to put money back into the Zoroastrian community, to help them to maintain their fire temple. The Iranian Govt tolerates their existence and the continuation of their practices as long as they don't attempt to convert Muslims and they don't get involved in politics. We were very tempted to purchase one of the small carpets, especially when we heard the seller's conditions - take it with us, and after arriving home, whenever ...
Other places to stay in Yazd
Dahom Farvardin, Yazd | Hotel$100 average