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Travel Blogs from Yazd
... long walk back. We drove for a couple of hours late that afternoon until we found some barren landscape to camp at for the night. We left the early the next morning for a full mornings drive to reach the city of Kermen. We stayed in a hotel here so all rushed into the showers to rid the layers of dirt and sand. Once we had done some laundry washing in the sink, three of us ventured out to see some of the sights although we weren't hopeful they would be open as it was a public ...
... 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 ...
... 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 ...
... for vultures to clean up. There was a fab view from up there, and some local lads were riding dirt bikes (no helmets, no protective gear) up and down the steep slopes. Same all round the world. There is a modern Zoroastrian cemetery in the vicinity, set in a walled garden. Apparently now they line the graves with concrete to prevent the 'contamination' of the earth (and the push for burial came from local Yazdis, who had objected to bits of human remains being dropped ...
Other places to stay in Yazd
Dahom Farvardin, Yazd | Hotel$100 average