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Published: October 10th 2014
Route though Pakistan along North west border.
Quetta to border.
Zaheedan to Ban, hot desert.
Then Kerman, Yazd, back south to Shiraz.
Turn north for home, Eshafan and Tehran (blue dot).
Jolly into Turkey is little concerning, border situation to south.
Shiraz is a centre of Persian culture and literature, we visited two poets tombs, very impressive gardens and buildings for both, Saadi is major Persian poet from middle ages, his writtings still relavent today 700 years later.
Persoplolis is archeological site some 2500 years old in time of Persian empire of Darius, I, II & III. They built a huge terrace, with 3..4 palaces much of which remains. How much manpower to fetch stone from many miles away, then erect it into a100 coloumns for a big reception room, murials depict parties bearing gifts from 28 nations in Persian empire. Cuneiform is text engravings on stones lasts 2500years to this day, any of my program code written into machines has a working life of maybe 20 years.
Drive from Shiraz to Eshafan 380km, fill up with 29ltr fuel for 12$ - that is the expensive 'super' petrol (cheapest fuel in world), just as long 91ron or above will be fine. One local said they have enough gas for 300 years! I wonder if rest of wor!d will let them keep it, in years to come when other wells run dry?
Long roads, 450km to Shiraz
Raid quality is very good, no sand on rads.
Traffic in towns is very pushy, no animals on roads is good.
Red traffic lights, don't apply to motorbikes & some cars.
Push down right, and U turn across 3 lanes waiting traffic is OK!
Iran's 2nd city, was once the capitol and the largest city in world during middle ages, still today has massive central square, with much to see. 2 mosques, a Shah's palace & two bridges. The bridges were quite interesting as the river was bone dry, with dam upstream closed for 6mths, so my photos lack water. Think they have made right choice of irrigation over nice ricer view for 2 extra months. Even so this is a very dry year, quite a few fountains in city are dry too, but folliage all looks very green. Did consider a ride up river bed 30km to find the dam, but guide thinks is 400km, either way not allowed.
Big central square 800x300m with two rings of covered halls surround the square with additiona offshoots, my estimate is 5..6km of shopping! Perhaps I would prefer bit of a run off up mountains investigating some river source, with bit wheel spin activities, not to be had, my guide is very specific UK and US visitors must stay with their guides, certainly I've met no other Brits in Iran or Pakistan.
In a far away and strange land, it
Road passes Cavanisti fort.
Many Germans, Russians & Chinese tourists.
is a bit comforting to hear a church bell ring, then be able to visit a church with all normal symbols, not that I am very religious - just felt comforted. The Armenia sector in Eshafan is Christian, they have a church and history (but that draws me back to holoquast and Europe's problems), tbey might also drink wine in their homes - but I never saw any.
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