Category Archive: Iran

May 19 2012

Iran: conclusions and tips

    14 days; traveled by plane, bus, car and jeep; 1 vt meeting; 3 dreams made true; 3 museums, 5 mosques, 4 tombs of important people, 3 palaces, 2 temples of fire and 1 cathedral ; Hottest point on Earth, checked; 21 operated noses (18 women and 4 men); 1 Zoroastrian burial 🙁 ; …

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May 18 2012

VT Meeting in Tehran

Good things also have an end and it was time to go to Tehran to take the flight back to Paris. The morning was spent at the National Museum of Iran. This museum can be a good introduction to Persepolis or Bam for example. We only could visit it at the end of the trip …

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May 17 2012

The Sacred Flame (at Yadz)

Yadz was another must on my Iranian wish list. This desert city is considered the oldest living city on Earth because it has been continuously inhabited for about 7.000 years. Yadz is also home to Iran’s largest population of Zoroastrians and its Ateshkadeh (fire temple) was the main reason of my visit to Yadz. But …

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May 15 2012

Moving sand castles (at Dasht-e Lut)

After some mountains and culture, it was time for a little bit of desert. However, Iran is a huge country and the desert was far away from Shiraz so we needed to do a technical stop at Kerman, an ancient trading city. In Kerman there is nothing to do but it is a good base …

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May 12 2012

Two dreams made true!

Persepolis is one of these mythical places that I have always wanted to visit, a kind of dream made true. It is believed that Cyrus the Great chose this site as ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550–330 BC) but actually it was Darius I who built the terraces and the great buildings. Persepolis …

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May 11 2012

Zagros Mountains

We left Espahan direction to Shiraz, the starting point of our trek through Zagros Mountains. From Paris we had contacted Abdullah, a trek guide who knew the area very well. He proposed us a 3 days trek through nice landscapes between 2.400 and 3.500 metres. The Zagros Mountain range is Iran’s largest mountain range,  about …

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May 08 2012

Improvised Tea Parties (around Esfahan)

The last two days in Esfahan were dedicated to explore “the other half of the world”. A local bus took us to the outskirts of Esfahan, to the tomb of Abu Abdullah, a much venerated dervish of the XIVth century. This place is also famous for its “shaking minarets”, which were added to the tomb …

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May 06 2012

Half of the World

Our first stop in Iran was Esfahan, where we arrived on a flight from Tehran. Esfahan is called “half of the world” and when you get to Imam Square it is easy to understand why. A space 512 m long and 163 m wide designed in 1602 following the vision that Shah Abbas the Great …

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