Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Shiraz: gardens and tombs

Today was a walk to the Eram gardens, a UNESCO recognised garden.  Laid out in the 13th century they now are a peaceful place for a walk.  Nice, but not outstanding.  At least the walk there had been pleasant and the central building was decorative.

We then headed for our second destination for the day, a half hour walk away.  It was interesting to walk through the quiet suburban neighbourhoods.  Andrew spotted a bakery and indulged us with three small pastry nibbles, the best of which was a rose water baklava.  

The tomb of the 14th century poet Hafez was a little further away than we planned. But a common feature of both the cities we have been in so far, are the large number of park benches.  So we had a couple of spells to rest in the shade.  At one, we watched the school children being driven home from school after mid-day.  No need for seat belts here, and you can fit 2 children on the front passenger seat and 5 more in the back.

The tomb of Hafez was another calm spot with his poetry being played at a reasonable level over loud speakers.  It is said his works are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran and most people can quote his works.

We stopped at the Haft Khan restaurant complex for a very late lunch which did us for the remainder of the day.  The picture below is standing on the bridge over the dry river that runs through the middle of the city.  

And the view from another pedestrian bridge looking at the metro which is being built, dry hills in the background.

I had a cold given to me by my dear husband and was feeling quite a bit less than 100% so the rest of the day was dedicated to rest in the hotel.  The labelling on the towels was amusing - we hoped they had also seen a washing machine!

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