Ruins left after Alexander the great invasion - Persepolis
Sopping Persian Rugs at the old souk - Shiraz
Persian Kings tombs - Percepolis
Perrsepolis panoramic view
Eram Garden - Shiraz
An Iranian nomad
Highlights: Gastronomy ★★★, Art / Museums ★★, Historical sites ★★★★★, Natural Beauty ★★★, Shopping ★★★; Sports/Adventure 0, Geographic extremes 0, Glamour 0
When to go: Spring
Where to go: Shiraz and Persepolis
Downside: Not a secular state. Religion and politics are interdependent. Woman need at least a scarf to cover the hair.
Our Experiences: Despite what you may think, Iran is a very peaceful land with nice and helpful people. What we see on TV news don´t reflect it at all. We went to Shiraz, coming from Dubai. The Baq e Eram site in Shiraz is a wonderful botanic gardens where we made many nicepictures. The main reasons to visit Iran was the the ruins of Persepolis. The capital of the great Persian Empire that was completely destroyed by Alexander the Great. Even though we still can see it´s splendor and opulance walking through its ruins . It is a beautiful place. Nearby we have visited the king´s tombs of Cyrus, Darius I, Xerxes and Ataxerxes. All well preserved . We also bought a nice micro-knotted silk persian rug, for 1/3 the market price in Europe. This is an interesting story: We didn´t have all the money in cash ( International credit cards are not acceptade in Iran ), so we said we need to go to our hotel to get the money. The salesman said I could take the rug to my hotel in the meanwhile, without paying for it . He said he could have someone sent there later to receive the money and he just took note of my Hotel address. This was so unexpected! He had never seen us before and he was trusting me for a very expensive produt. How could it ? This shows the naive and affectionate nature of Iranian people. Amazing experience!
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