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Old 12-17-2008, 08:27 AM   #106
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Perfect trip, perfect ride report! Many thanks my friend...
I couldn't agree more :)
looks like Turkey will only be the 1st step, isnt it ?
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:31 AM   #107
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Wauuuu !
this RR !
Some really good pictures.
A well written text.
result: a excellent RR !
Congrats and thank you.


Had a smile with this one.
It's an old french car. A Citroën "Diane". Was my grandfather's car. (I even drove it when I was a child)
Nice.

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Old 12-17-2008, 08:37 AM   #108
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Quite funny also to see a 1200GS topcase on a 990adv !
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:16 AM   #109
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Quite funny also to see a 1200GS topcase on a 990adv !
I wonder how many times it fell off Great trip report.

Too bad it is so hard for Canadians to get an Iranian visa since the death of a Canadian journalist in an Iranian prison. I would love to go traveling there.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:20 AM   #110
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I wonder how many times it fell off
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Too bad it is so hard for Canadians to get an Iranian visa since the death of a Canadian journalist in an Iranian prison.
this is weird ?!?
I had understood if u had said the it's difficult for an Iranian to have a Canadian visa but not the opposite !
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:20 AM   #111
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Thanks so much for this great ride report. Your photos and stories relay the beauty of a place many of us will never get to see. Thanks for the window into Iran.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:33 PM   #112
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I wonder how many times it fell off Great trip report.

Too bad it is so hard for Canadians to get an Iranian visa since the death of a Canadian journalist in an Iranian prison. I would love to go traveling there.
My riding buddy Mete bought his '06 ADV a week before the trip, so 12GS topcase was on it. I couldn't agree more to the usual falling of habit of these, but not this one. I guess the pre-owner couldn't manage the original rack so he just bolted on.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:45 PM   #113
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Fantastic!

This RR is fantastic! It's always nice to get a report from a country I know little about. Thanks for the great pictures and narrative. Keep it coming!
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:39 PM   #114
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My riding buddy Mete bought his '06 ADV a week before the trip, so 12GS topcase was on it. I couldn't agree more to the usual falling of habit of these, but not this one. I guess the pre-owner couldn't manage the original rack so he just bolted on.
Good for Mete. I had to use extra straps for safety on mine. I now ride a KTM 950 and do not have to worry about that anymore

My wife wants us to ship our bikes ( two KTM 950's) to circle the Mediterranean. She has visited Turkey and loves it there so wants to return.
Thanks again for the great photos and stories.
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Old 12-18-2008, 10:17 AM   #115
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Man, what an incredible ride report!
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Old 12-18-2008, 05:25 PM   #116
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Old 12-20-2008, 09:08 PM   #117
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Thank you for this!

The photos are fantastic!

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Old 12-24-2008, 12:55 AM   #118
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After breakfast first attraction to see is the Arg-e Karim Khan (Karim Khan Castle).



It was built in the early Zand period and formed part of the royal court that Karim Khan had hoped would develop to rival Esfahan. The exterior is mundane, with high walls punctuated by four 14m-high circular towers.



Inside the Arg is a large, open courtyard filled with citrus trees and a pool as always.



After this a long walking tour started and we covered Serai Mushir, Vakil Bazaar and Masjed-e Vakil.







By the way, sightseeing is not my favourite thing to do. I always prefer nature. But we motivated ourselves saying "When are we going to come back here again ?"

After lunch and a fair amount of fruit juice we took a taxi to Bagh-e Eram.
I must inform you about taxis. Every car in Iran is a taxi. When you stand beside a main alley any given car will stop. Most of the time it's not a taxi, but a common Iranian who will give you a ride with the same cost ofcourse. It's illegal but a totally normal thing.

Bagh-e Eram will impress any botanist with its cypress trees. The many hidden corners are also very popular among young Shirazis.
The gardens are centred around a pretty pool beside Kakh-e Eram (Eram Palace), which is not open to public.





The gardens are managed by Shiraz University, which chooses to charge foreigners 10 times the local price (Like we do in Ephesus, sorry).



This is how we look like in the Iranian streets.



It's very tiring to carry the tripod and a Nikon D300 and a Canon HD camera everywhere we go. You can imagine the attention we got with all of the equipment, just crazy.

Mete was nagging about having a haircut for three days. Finally we found a saloon and he left his hair in the hands of a Shirazi murderer and that' s the damage.





There are no separate washbowls for every customer. After the cut you wash your head in a not so hygenic washbowl in the shop. Also a funny thing, they have the pressurized water and air sprayers at the back of the chairs, like a dentist. I later learned that barbers used to pull teeth too in the old times.

After the terror in the barbershop we returned to our hotel.
Guess who lost the rocks, paper, scissors. Me. unfortunately.



We went to bed early after a good meal in a good restaurant.
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Old 12-24-2008, 02:57 AM   #119
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Spectacular!

I am constantly amazed at how ADV allows views into places and cultures we can't even imagine.

I get educated more every day. I had no idea Iran offered so much beauty and history.
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:26 PM   #120
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