Out of Shiraz and into the desert

The stay and Shiraz was a great one but it was time to hit the road and get a change of scenery.  We passed by the Qur’an Gate and headed North out of the city.  It would have been great if we could have driven though it like our guide Mahmoud used to when he and his family would go on a road trip.  There are prayers which followers believe will give them good luck in the journey ahead written in the arches of the passageway. Just passing by it hopefully does the trick.

Qor'an Gate (Dar vazeh Quran)
Qur’an Gate (Dar vazeh Quran)

We had a great driver along with us this time.  He was a friend of Mahmoud, just as friendly and a great driver.  We headed out early so we could pack in a several stops along the way to our night at the Zein-o-din.  This included a stop in Pasargadae, the city of Abrkouh to see the ancient beehive shaped adobe icehouse, the city’s ancient 4000 year old cypress tree, and then finally to one night at the Zein-o-din Caravanserai. This is what I mean about there being too much to do in a limited amount of visa time. It was great to have Mahmoud there to sort out the details.

Caravanserai on the way to Zein-o-din copy
The desert highway from Shiraz to the Zein-o-din Caravanserai

4 thoughts on “Out of Shiraz and into the desert

  1. Ghazal Vahidi December 12, 2011 / 7:31 am

    Hi , you have such an amazing blog and I enjoyed reading your experiences and seeing your photos from Iran. I have to write a feature article about traveling to Iran and I thought maybe I can ask you some question and use the interview in my feature . I will appreciate if you let me know by email about your decision . Hope you enjoy your trip in Iran

  2. farflungistan December 12, 2011 / 2:25 pm

    Hi and thanks for your kind words. I just want to do what I can to let people know about what it’s like travelling to Iran. Hopefully I can be of some help to others since there’s not whole lot of information out there.
    My husband and I had a great trip and will be going back at some point soon…cheers!

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