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Thought about going to the gym this morning ... but that's as far as it went. That'd be the men-only gym of course as women aren't permitted in there!
Anyway, met Aisha after breakfast to talk about the course & plan for tomorrow.
Got everything sorted so went back to my room & edited photos for a while until Saeed arrived at about 11. Nice to not be quite so rushed in the morning!
Picked up Davide & Egle who are from Italy ...
Around dinner time I got up feeling only slightly better. As there are no restaurants in this little village our Iranian tour operator had arranged that we were to have lunch and/or dinner as well in the guesthouse. At dinner we met another German couple that is doing a four week travel through Iran. It was great to catch up on their thoughts about Iran and my mood significantly improved. Given the quietness of the surroundings I also had a great night sleep and when ...
... guy called Moshen, told us some interesting stories of his life. He was a former prisoner of Ebrat torture prison (active in 1970's, prior to Islamic Revolution) He took us to the Golestan Palace Complex, which had its heyday in the 2nd half of the C19. It's an eclectic mix of traditional Persian design with strong European influences, even some stained glass windows. The large Hall of Mirrors had paintings of various Shas in heavily ...
... the only indication this is the former US embassy is the 'Death to America' murals and slogans painted the entire length of the front wall (the US Embassy compound is the size of a whole city block). Most notable of the murals was a rendition of the Statue of Liberty with its face replaced with a skull and a painting of the US Capitol building flying the Israeli flag. It was from the basement of this building that Kermit Roosevelt (grandson of President ...
I visited 4 places in Tehran:
- Carpet Museum
- A rug merchant
- Niavaran Palace Complex
- Darband valley/river area
It was a lovely city. There were even bike paths, as you can see in a couple of photos from my 8km walk around the city on the night of the 27th. ...