POSTCARDS FROM IRAN
During the nine days of traveling in Iran, we have been impressed by one highlight after another in the form of ancient mosques in every city we’ve visited, the opulent Golestan Palace, the dazzling Crown Jewels housed in a giant bank vault, the Carpet Museum to whet our purchasing appetites, Tehran’s congested Grand Bazaar, the illustrated manuscripts and miniature paintings in the Islamic Museum, the Zoroastrian community of Yazd, and the highest wind-catching tower in Iran, just to name a few. And then there is the food, which has definitely exceeded my expectations with exotic flavors using unusual herbs like barberry blossoms, and probably the best plain yoghurt I have ever tasted in my life. Even better than the delicious yoghurt my mother used to make. And the flat breads from crispy to puffy, served warm. I continue to be amazed at how outgoing and friendly the Iranian people are, especially when they find out we are from America. The drivers on the other hand are wild, impulsive, erratic and sometimes crazy, except for our van driver, who is conscientious, courteous and safe .
Our excursion days are long and our nights are short, which means there isn’t sufficient time to sort through my many images of the day and write detailed posts, although there is so much to tell you. In the meantime, here are a few photographs from the last few days — a brief sample of what we are seeing. The adventure continues……….