Hotel Laleh Yazd
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... Iran has THREE months worth of public holidays off a year, including every Friday when they shut everything down to spend the day praying). We made it to the national library first which is supposed to have an amazing interior, to discover it wasn't open. I did however get followed around the gardens of the library by a seedy middle aged man who then proceeded to give my bum a good groping on the way out as he overtook us. The annoying thing was he wouldn't of dared to do that ...
... sun. Most buildings have a windcatcher, (called a badgir) protruding from the roof. These towers catch the breeze, funnel it over a shallow pool of water to cool the air, then vent it inside. If you ever played the computer game "Dune" (or read the novels by the same name) you will easily be able to picture Yazd.
The town owes its survival to a network of underground water chanels, called quanats. These run for many ...
... in the country. Later in the morning we also visited their main fire temple, Ateshkadeh (Sacred Eternal Flame) which has been burning since 470 AD.
After claiming my room at the Orient Hotel (a converted merchant house with an ornate & fig-treed internal courtyard) we headed next door to visit the magnificent Jameh Mosque. Stunning tile work. The grand entrance portal & twin minarets are one of the tallest in Iran.
This city of less than ...
We had a relatively short drive day, in sweltering heat, and arrived at our traditional Iranian hotel, the Oasis. Most of the truckers were staying in the Orient Hostel. Both hostels are owned by the same proprietors of the famous Silk Road hostel, they are all a stones throw away from each other. Although we again had wifi most sites we would want to access were blocked. By the time we had done some hand washing it was time to go over ...
... with cake,
chocolate and god knows what else we decided a walk was in need. So nap first to get some energy right and
then we headed down to the main square, there is a lot more people here than in
the old town so seems like a different world down here. After our 50p falafel roll each and a drink
dinner we headed to the bizarre, but we were too late and even though just half
an hour ago it was buzzing ...