Shiraz - The Heart of Persia


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February 29th 2016
Published: February 29th 2016
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<em style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">Day 36 Tuesday 23rd February 2016 Well our time in Yazd has been great (except for me being half dead) but we now need to move on. The hotel we are staying in has been fabulous but what is weird that there has been hardly anyone else staying here, and on this last morning we were the only ones in the hotel and they made up a special breakfast just... Read Full Entry



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Masjid-e Nasir-al-Molk

Beautiful Interior
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Stained Glass Windows
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Tiled Portal
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Shiraz

Entrance to the Madraseh-ye Khan
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Shiraz

Typical street scene
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Road to Bishapur

Some of the spectacular scenery
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Bishapur

Statue of Shapur is in cave way above centre tree
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View of Chogan Gorge
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Bas relief of Shapur defeating Valerian
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Bas relief
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Bas relief with flood damage
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Temple at Bishapur
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Ruins of the old town
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Bishapur

More ruins of the old town
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Mountain behind Bishapur
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Persepolis

The road approaching the site
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Xerxes Gate
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Xerxes gate with bull guardian
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Side view of Xerxes Gate
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Bas Relief of Persians



29th February 2016

So no wine was had then? :)
Thanks for the historical details...I've heard many of those names and terms bandied about, but haven't been able to put them into context. Hope you get to eat in more Iranian homes, and for the sake of the poor bears I also hope the Save the Brown Bear group were legit.
1st March 2016

The Brown Bear
They gave us a web address but it seemed to deal more with ecotourism and other stuff and not much about the bears, so we are not to sure and didn't bother putting it on our blog. We have our fingers crossed that it is legitimate.
1st March 2016
Masjid-e Vakil

The Heart of it
Wouldn't it be great if we actually knew how many miles we had walked while traveling. Wouldn't it be great if taxi drivers believed us when we lied to them. You peaked our interest in the locations. We will have to give that some thought.
1st March 2016
Masjid-e Vakil

small white lies
We only lie to taxi drivers so as not to hurt their feelings, and it is also fun. You may need to get to Iran before November as the international political scene may change.
1st March 2016
Masjid-e Nasir-al-Molk

Persian rugs
Bit of a sucker for Persian rugs so this pic makes me wanna take my shoes off and roll around in there
1st March 2016
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Persepolis
How encouraging that Iran is embracing restoration and conservation of it's ancient sites. Gotta be mind blowing to be there.
2nd March 2016
Masjid-e Nasir-al-Molk

Incredible sites!
What lessons in history and beautiful sites to make it come alive! Love monumental Persepolis and the beautiful mosques (many more on your next stop, for sure). So glad people were friendly and interested in you, you finally had some delicious, real Iranian food and got to meet a family--a proper cap to Shiraz!
2nd March 2016
Masjid-e Nasir-al-Molk

Thanks Tara, it was so great to eat proper Iranian food, travelling on a budget doesn't give you a lot of opportunities.
7th March 2016

Shiraz....Save the Bears!!!!
Absolutely fascinating!!! Shiraz and its surroundings look and sound incredible. Just beautiful, loved the pictures and the information, thank you guys!. So good to hear that the locals are warm and you got to sit and eat in a traditional home. Yeaaahhhh!!! Lets save the bears! xx

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