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Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran September 7th 2016

TEHRAN REST DAY 2. 7 September, 2016. Blue Sky 30c Today was an easy day. Wandered down to the US Embassy, which was overrun in the Islamic Revolution in 1979, led by A. Khomeini. Murals on the surrounding walls now proclaim peace. The US is known as the "GREAT EVIL". Makes up for the Americans calling the clerics, "The Mad Mullahs". Afterwards wandered down to a great bakery producing Iranian sweet delicacies, as often is the case, they looked better than they tasted. Took them to a pleasant coffee shop where I consumed all. Then found a shop where I purchased an elaborate Backgammon board, made in the famed city of Estafan to the south of Tehran. Just need to find somewhere to display it, and learn to play !! Tomorrow we bus out of Tehran ... read more
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Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran September 6th 2016

LAKE CAMP to SEMNAN 3 September, 2016. Stage 90 75 Kms SubT. Kms 1780kms. Road Condition: Good Weather: All seasons. brutal head and cross winds remainder of day, BLUE SKY HOT 33 max. Time in Saddle: Av Speed: av. kph. Av Cadence. RpmElevation: 1650m up; m downCalories burned : > 5500. Last night the winds blew hard. All night the tent flapped despite everything being zipped. Then it rained. On the sharp rocky desert floors where we are camping my tent has developed a small hole, fingernail size. It let in the water despite sitting on a ground sheet. My bedroll then became wet. A joy. Woke with a bad headache! Departed at 6.00, arrived at lunch at 11.30, totally depleted. So stopped and rode the truck from lunch to a hotel, surprise surprise. Wasn't hungry ... read more
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Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran September 6th 2016

TEHRAN REST DAY 1. 6 September, 2016. Today is a rest day, however everyone is programmed to be up at 5 am, so the hotel restaurant was full of riders at 7am. Breakfast wasn't worth the effort. I am disappointed with the Iranian food I have eaten, only one good meal to date. Not as varied or as tasty as I was hoping! Today walked to the Tehran Bazaar, the oldest here, was expecting something like the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Firstly it was difficult to find, they are constructing a train station in front of the entrance so wandered aimlessly for an hour, until finally finding an unassuming ally which I by chance walked down. The building contains numerous stalls, but is not remotely colourful or bustling and was under whelming. It was a long ... read more
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Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran April 17th 2016

The Islamic Republic of Iran has a long and interesting history that goes back several thousand years. It has gone through various dynasties and was part of the famous silk road. This was home to the once mighty Persian Empire. In 1979, the Shah was overthrown, Iran became an Islamic republic, and as a result became polarized by many nations of the western world. Some might say that Iran does not respect human rights, and is fronted by religious zealots but it is also home to some of the friendliest people on the planet. One thing is certain, it would be an fascinating place for any traveler to get a glimpse. I was looking quite forward to it. I had been toying with visiting this country for a while, mainly based on feedback from other backpackers. ... read more
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Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran March 12th 2016

Day 50 Tuesday 8th March 2016 - Qazvin Booked out of the hotel and got the same hotel driver that drove us to Kandovan to take us to the bus terminal, after a bit of negotiation with the price of course. As we saw the terminal from a distance we got excited as it is a huge modern building but as we got closer realised that it is not opened yet. The moment we got out of the taxi we were harassed by aggressive ticket sellers quoting a ridiculous 800,000 rials ($40 AUD) for both of us for a bus journey to Qazvin, so we pushed through to get to where the buses were parked. There were even more around the buses so we just keep saying “Qazvin” and one pointed to the bus ... read more
Tehran Bazaar
Golestan Palace
Alamut Castle

Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran February 23rd 2016

Day 30 Wednesday 17th February 2016 Organised ourselves, had breakfast, grabbed our bags and jumped into a taxi for the airport. Got there 3 hours before the flight as Fly Dubai Airlines suggests and then sat and did people watching. The terminal was packed with people some even having picnics on the floor, the flights in this terminal seem to be all the budget airlines flying to India, Pakistan, Sofia (Bulgaria) etc. One of the announcements was a final call for Iraqi Airways to Basra not something we hear in Australia. We had to get a bus out to the plane on the tarmac and were finally in the air for our short flight to Tehran about 2 hours, in a blink we were landing. As we joined the queue to get through passport ... read more
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Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran February 13th 2016

This morning skiing was somehow a challenge...skiing with a serious hangover, the weather was gorgeous, but the snow was slightly packed...and yes, the skiing is done between 2900 meters and 3600 meters altitude! You are going to tell me, something is wrong in that sentence...where are you again? Yes, this is Iran...big time Iran! Maybe we should start from the beginning of the story when it comes to my adventure of skiing in Iran. I have these funny fantasies...I want to dive over 75 countries, did already 54! I could claim I want to play golf in as many countries as possible....but I've stopped enjoying taking my golf bag around just for a round or two, and rental clubs will not do it! So when it comes to skiing. First disclaimer, I'm a pretty average skier. ... read more
Music, hairs...international crowd...no booze directly in site, it's bring your own here!
Yes, what you see  there is pollution, and it's rising in the afternoon!
Amazing Dizin!

Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran February 12th 2016

After 5 hours drive on the VIP bus from Esfahan, we are at the door of Tehran. Esfahan and Shiraz are gorgeous little provincial cities...Tehran is a monster, with anything between 13 to 18 millions inhabitants! The place is overcrowded with old cars, lots of them being french built, resulting in very bad pollution in winter time! That's due to the old cars...not the french side! Cities in Iran are mainly built on the slopes of mountains. This means amazing views from the cities themselves...but also that the pollution in winter cannot escape....resulting in pretty unbearable conditions for the capital of Tehran. So we took 5 hours to reach the outskirts of Tehran, and it took us two more hours just to reach the North bus station. Tehran is built on a slope. At the summit ... read more
Yes, let see if it will still be there in 10 years!
Interesting..when you know that few weeks ago, the Iranian president had few nude sculpture covered on an official visit to Italy!
White Palace, and we are still in Tehran!

Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran August 17th 2015

This blog has been quiet for many years. In fact I think at the time of the last entry I was single and ready to mingle and boy has that changed! I am now married (nearly 7 years) and have two boys (5 and 3 years old). Travelling has continued and not at a lessened pace either. Since our wedding, my husband and I have lived in Australia, in England, returned to Hong Kong, in Portugal, in Uzbekistan and now in Iran. Our travels have imparted a sense of wonder in our children and an open mindedness that is second to none. Despite what people might think I actually really detest packing and setting up a-new all the time but I love the opportunity for exploration, those initial fumblings of giving the correct amount of, what ... read more
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Middle East » Iran » North » Tehran July 21st 2015

Geo: 35.6962, 51.4229Off we go up the motorway…. I tried to go a little slower then the others however that just meant I caused a blockage and got honked a lot. (keep in mind it's a 3 lane motorway turned into a 5.5 lane motorway)So going slow is no good then speed up to match them… all was good and flowed nicely. I would stay in the slow lane and everyone was happy… however this also had its issues. Once a car had gone past and noticed our car it would slow down to have a look in the rear view mirror and thus they were not watching what was happening in front..really scary stuff… the scary part was everything was happening at 100~120kms per hour. And at that speed you need fast reflexes…Lisa was trying ... read more
Our Car parked outside the home we stayed
Yeah we are in Iran
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