Zanjan Grand Hotel
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... places would normally preclude me from entering with riding shorts - too revealing and the knees fully exposed. I asked respectfully with gestures is it OK. They said OK. A few minutes earlier another rider was politely refused so I think it depends on who and how you ask. We stopped for cokes, the rehydration /stimulant of choice and became the center of attention for a few young locals ...
... into our hotel we hit the road again for the nearby town of Soltaniyeh (=Town of the Sultans) where the Ilkhanid Mongols built their Persian capital in 1302. To get there we travelled across a flat intensively farmed plain. Tomatoes, wheat, stone fruit, veg, almonds, walnuts each side of the village of Yosef Abad (Joseph town).
The Mongol city of Soltaniyeh was wasted by Tamerlane & his merry men in 1384....only ...
... Iranian price and saying that is how much it is and the guy was pointing to the english sign.
Along came a nice lady who worked there that could speak english well and told us that since Nu-ruz (Iranian new year) the government had introduced duel pricing for foreigners, this was interesting as the last time we had visited Iran, they had just abolished it.
She was quite embarrassed by ...
... if you ever visit Iran is that you will be constantly welcomed by
complete strangers that happen to be walking by. Even just a "welcome to
Iran" and offers of phone numbers if we need any help while here. Its
like nowhere else in the world that we have visited. We spoke with one
student for a while and then carried on to a place that sold juice. We
had a really delicious freshly squeezed carrot juice and another one
... were being checked, the immigration officer asked me to go to the manager's office. I met a very nice lady, who after the formalities were over was curious about the visa stamps I had in my passports. She apologized for being curious as she'd not seen visas few of the countries that my passport had. Raj joined in soon after the vehicle check was done and she gave us each a chocolate & local map and welcomed us to Iran!
We still had to do the custom clearance and ...