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Old 12-08-2008, 01:42 AM   #91
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Old 12-08-2008, 01:08 PM   #92
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Great Report!

Really like this report....something about how the colors contrast in a lot of shots that make is so beautiful to me!

Thanks for taking the time to post!

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Old 12-08-2008, 02:04 PM   #93
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Thank you for a really great ride report and a fantastic photo.....

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Old 12-15-2008, 02:44 AM   #94
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11 October, Saturday
Yazd (0 km)

We woke up at 08:00. After meeting with Bulent during breakfast, we made the day's plan. Getting lost in the streets of Yazd.

There are two sides in yazd. We were in the Old City, which is approximately 4000 years old. Mud-bricked buildings are everywhere.
We started the day with Bogheh-ye Sayyed Roknaddin which was closed. So we couldn't get in.

The streets of Yazd is the highlight itself.

Masjed e Jameh
Two 48m-high minarets greets you in this magnificent tiled entrance. It was built for Sayyed Roknaddin in the 15th century.

The tile workmanship in this mosque is exquisite.

Tossing a little tip to the caretaker, we went down to take a look to the qanat system.


It is a system for supplying water for a given location. After locating an underground water source, they dig passageways big enough to crawl all the way to the desired destination. As the whole system is reliant on gravity, the source must be higher than the final destination. Because of the hazards and expense of constructing a qanat, it left its place to the modern technology these days.

After Jameh Mosque we continued to get lost.

These chimney-look structures are called badgirs. Nearly every house has them. They are designed to catch the warm desert winds and direct it to the house after cooling it through its special canals. A natural air-conditioner.

We checked out the coin museum.


It's told that Alexander the Great used this 15. century school as a prison.

We climbed to the roof of an unused medreseh.

Completely lost...

At last we returned to our hotel for a brake. We walked from 09:00 to 14:00. We layed down in the hall till 16:30 and hit the streets again.

We climbed the narrow stairs of Amir Chakmaq Complex.

It was sundown in Yazd.

After getting down a last look at the complex.

We took a melon juice break as always and then it was time for Saheb a Zaman Club.


It's a 1000 year old tradition that incorporates philosophy, ethics and phsycal strenght. Of course it has transformed into a softer state these days and it's more like a traditional gym.

Two guys at a high place plays tombek and sing some poems from Hafez.

This is the rythm and tempo of the workout. The group on the ring does the moves according to this tempo and the leader.

There were 50 - 60 year-old guys at the group and these were really hard workouts.

After zurkhane we went back to the hotel and fell asleep.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:34 AM   #95
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It looks like Yazd is worth a visit. Outstanding RR, please continue.
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Old 12-15-2008, 09:29 AM   #96
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Old 12-15-2008, 10:21 AM   #97
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Thank you very much for this picture story about Iran. It appears that the citizens take good care of their town. I think this is some evidence of a respectful and conscientious attitude of the people. Do you think so, or is this perception wrong.
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Old 12-15-2008, 12:29 PM   #98
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Thanks so much for taking us with you. This is an amazing ride report!
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:43 PM   #99
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Absolutely brilliant! Thank you very much for your story. I cant wait for the next issue.

You reallly have an eye for photography, your photos are really outstanding! What camera are you using and what lenses do you shoot with?
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:33 PM   #100
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Old 12-16-2008, 07:39 PM   #101
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My sister-in-law is from Iran and somehow she always painted this sinister picture of her country, or perhaps it was only my imagination. In any case, thanks for sharing a much brighter side of Iran. Great report and stunning pictures.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:21 AM   #102
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Thank you guys for your kind comments !

Originally Posted by Bluebull2007
What camera are you using and what lenses do you shoot with?
Its a Nikon D300 with 18-70mm f3,5/4,5 and a 50mm f1.8
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Old 12-17-2008, 01:05 AM   #103
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12 October, Sunday
Yazd - Taft - Surmaq - Persepolis - Marv Dasht - Shiraz (459 km)

It's been a rule to wake up at 05:00 on the riding days. Since we sleep early, it was not so hard and the body gets used to it.
It was so cold in the morning, thanks to the desert climate. We got warm after hours the sun came up.
We stopped to shop for nun (a tortilla-like thing they eat as bread), cheese, cream chocolate and fruit juice. When we found a good spot, we had our breakfast on the side of the road. You cannot find a restaurant so early and this is the fastest and more enjoyable way to eat.

After breakfast we picked up a good tempo and got close to Persepolis. During riding, a car passed me and the driver was waving frantically and wanted us to stop. I was thinking "There goes another adventure."
He came near me laughing "slow slow, inar yeyin". All this because he wanted us to have some pomegranates.


It's the biggest heritage from the Achaemenid Empire. Monumental staricases, exquisite reliefs and imposing gateways gives you an idea of how great this city was.
It is Persian in ideology and design, but truly international in its superb architechture and artictic execution.
Persepolis remains as the greatest surviving masterpiece of the ancient Near Eastern civilisations.
It was built by Darius I after he took the throne in 518 BC. It has been home to various kings for about 150 years. Finally, Alexander The Great burned it to the ground.
The ancient city was lost til 1930s. Extensive excavations revealed its glories once again.

If you are planning to visit Persepolis don't forget your hat, because there are little shadow. It was even too hot in october, so i can't imagine the heat from may to september.

The rock-hewn tombs of Artaxerxes II and III was a long way up, so i couldn't climb and waited Mete at the cafeteria.

After Persepolis, there were 60 kms left to Shiraz. There were road constructions in the city, so it was hard to find the Hotel Anvari. Hotel was not good but "110 Hamburgers" across the street was a treat.
After a little rest and some wandering around we went to Darvazeh-ye Quran for some great views, tea and qalyan.

We were hungry again and through the Vakil Bazaar we found the Sharzeh Traditional Restaurant.

Before sleep i took a shot of 50 EUR worth of Rials. These are the biggest banknotes.

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:36 AM   #104
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Best ride report ever

This is the most interesting and informative report in the history of this forum IMHO!! Thank You very much. We have to take this ride through you. This will be as close to Iran as most of us can get. Please keep it coming!!!
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:24 AM   #105
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Fantastic report and pictures. Looking forward to the next episode.
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