Friday, 31 August 2012
We, on the other hand, started our day in Erzurum visiting Ataturk Musem and walking the streets of Erzurum.
ATATURK EVI MUSEUM:
Thursday, 30 August 2012
>> Cheeky little boys.
The live trout they brought us >>
Wednesday, 29 August 2012
>> Rock formation on a hill just outside of Bijar. Looks like a bird’s head complete with beak. Mum sees it as two lions fighting. What do u see?
Saturday, 25 August 2012
Friday, 24 August 2012
In the outskirts of Qom, we find ourselves at Jamkaran Mosque, a sacred place and a popular pilgrimage site for Shi’ite Muslims. The mosque was undergoing some major renovations to add a new entrance gate, amongst others.
According to Wikipedia, “Local belief has it that the Twelfth Imam (Muhammad al-Mahdi) — a messiah figure Shia believe will lead the world to an era of universal peace — once appeared and offered prayers at Jamkaran. On Tuesday evenings especially large crowds of tens of thousands gather at Jamkaran to pray and to drop a note to the Imam in a well at the site, asking for help with some problem.”
There is an interesting history on how the Jamkaran Mosque came to be built, click here and take some time to read all about it.
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
We started our tour of Isfahan with a visit to the Armenian Quarters.
Sunday, 19 August 2012
On 17th August 2012, we traveled from Aburkah to Yazd. Along the way we had a picnic lunch at Mehr Spring before reaching Yazd at 6.20pm.
Alexander Prison @ Yazd>>
Lariha House (traditionally built house of the Qajar era) @ Yazd>>
Zoroastrian Fire Temple @ Yazd (The fire in this temple has been kept burning for centuries) >>
>> Fresh Pistachios from the tree !!
We reached Naein around 2.40pm on 19 August 2012 and there was no one in sight. We saw little “caves” with doors half hidden from view and wondered if people here still lived in underground caves. Soon, a man came over the hill and started waving at us to follow him. He entered through one of the doors. As we were curious to see what was in the little “caves”, we followed. Soon we discovered that these “caves” are where the rug weaver still carry on their trade using traditional means. Here are some pics >>
After our little tour at the rug weaver’s, we ventured further into Naein village. Clockwise, one of the alley in Naein, some old ruins, mosque and the fort from Sassanid era, known as Narin Ghal'eh >>