Trip Start Nov 10, 2004
34Trip End Apr 29, 2005
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Apologies for this late explanation about my Iran trip. When I tried to submit a story from Tehran I got a message in Persian or Farsi and it turned out that this site was blocked.
Here are still a few highlights from my trip with pictures.
In the field visit on the fist day we had six journalists from electronic and print media joined the workshop from countries in Central Asia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan; four from other Asian countries China, India, Lao PDR, and Nepal.
Thi journalist training programme was organised by UN-HABITAT (headquarter in Nairobi, Kenya), the United Nations University UNW-DPC (Bonn, Germany), and the Regional Centre for Urban Water Management (under the auspices of UNESCO) in Tehran.
The first stop was the Jalalieh Water Treatment Plant that quite a few section heads they talked to were women.
The technical visit also included the Saad-Abad National Water Museum, Iranian National Broadcasting, and oldest newspaper in Tehran, Ettela'at company, which publishes stories on water and environment regularly.
My trip to Isfahan and Shiraz was great. Maryam our interpretor helped me through her father, who has a travel agency in Shiraz. I went by car to Isfahan on empty roads, with a stop over in Qom, the holy city, a trip of seven hours.
In Isfahan is did a full day sightseeing including visits to Chehel Sotoon palace, Nagsh-e-Jahan (Imam) square, Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah mosques, Ali Qapou palace and the old famous bridges in the city including Sio-Se Pol (33 Arches) and Khjou bridge
The flight Isfahan-Shiraz was in a Fokker 100, the good old Dutch aeroplane, the company that collapsed years ago. The first day in Shiraz guide Akbar took me in his car to experience the impressive site of Persepolis, Capital of 1st Darius founded 518 BC. Beautiful carvings, statues and monuments still tell the story of this ancient Persian culture.
Next we visited the tombs in the mountains at Naghsh-e-Rajab and Nagsh-e-Rostam (tombs of Achamenian Kings 1st Darius and 2end, Xerxes and Artaxerxes). Amazing that they were able to contsruct all this more than 2500 years ago.
The second day sightseeing in Shiraz included visits to Sa'adi and Hafez tombs (two Iranian famous poets), Atigh Mosque and Nasir-ol-Molk mosque, visit to Eram Garden, Vakil complex (including Bazaar and Vakil mosque).
The guides were very good, not only in English, but also in sharing their views about the current situation in Iran. Everybody I spoke to said that the mullahs are destryoing the old Persian culture. Also the president is damaging the country and isolating it by his stupid remarks and speeches.
I wish everybody a peaceful Christmas annd happy New Year.