Yazd Traditional Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Yazd
... 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 ...
... from behind a wall before disappearing down another alley. Hands running along the course mud, packed and dried to create our alleys of wonder. Shadows melting into walls as women emerge or go into homes. A splash of green as a tree grows in the vain hope of providing shade on a children's playground, the rusted slide of which I'm sure hasn't felt a bum on it for quite some time. Can't imagine the concrete slabs doubling as table tennis see much action either. Entering ...
... intrigued by the highly decorated and blue mosques and minarets that proudly raised their heads above the brown streets below. Yazd is full of winding alleys which dissect the brown mud brick old town. They really do mean old town, Yazd is reputedly the oldest town in the world with a continuos populous for 7000 years. It is on a major trade route and was not destroyed by Genghis Khan or Tamerlane. You will see obvious square ...
... 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 ...
... then Mehrdad's, for Iranian music).
We made some very interesting stops along the way, Pasargadae being one of the highlights. It is the ruins of the first dynastic capital of the Archaemenid empire, founded by Cyrus 2 the Great in the 6th century BC. Visiting the tomb of Cyrus was particularly special for John - something he has wanted to do since seeing a picture of it in a history book when he was quite young.The whole visit was very tranquil and calming; not ...