The tale told to us was that Darius had longed to see inside his tomb but his parents were anxious that for him to enter it alive would be bad Karma (or whatever it was then). So they insisted on inspecting for him. Tragically they were killed during the descent down the mountain side to the tomb’s entrance and so became its first inhabitants. So much for superstition!
Iran May 14th 2008
After the previous day’s disappointment and a poor night’s sleep we were up early; 7.30am saw us at a modern bus office, awaiting our bus to Oromiyhe. Come 9.00am and three different bus offices later (each one progressively more dingy) we finally boarded the bus.
The journey through south east Turkey and into Iran was a joy; winding through stunningly beau ... read more
Middle East » Iran » South » Shiraz Known as Persia until 1935, Iran became an Islamic republic in 1979 after the ruling monarchy was overthrown and the shah was forced into exile. Conservative clerical forces established a theocratic system of government with ultimate political author... ... read more