Sunday, December 18, 2016

Esfahan: Mosque, Bazaar and a little carpet tea

The new working week dawned fine and noticeably cooler.  The forecast has gone from 22 degrees during the day to single digits in the next 3 days.


We walked down street of shops selling nougat and having already been in the city 1 full day, we have yet to buy any nougat- it is unheard of!  And by the end of the day we still had no nougat, but have it on the list for tomorrow our last day in the city.

Our 1st stop was the Masjed-e Jameh, the largest mosque in Iran.  Two of the domes survive from the 11th century and then another millennium of different architectural styles as the mosque evolved.  It was very nice, but compared to the Mosque Iman of yesterday, we both preferred the 1st mosque.


The portraits of Khomeini and Khamenei are everywhere - even within the mosques.  

On exiting the mosque we entered the meandering Bazaar which covers nearly two kilometres.  The parts near the mosque are over a thousand years old while most of the rest only date from the 1600s.


Back at the square the was a coffee and chocolate cake break before some more looking at the arcades and streets around the square.


Then more food - we are in no danger of losing weight this trip.  We choose a traditional restaurant above the arcades, although we saw a tour group go there yesterday, there were lots of locals going in.  The food was good.  The Fesenjan was interesting (chicken stew with pomegranate syrup and walnuts and cinnamon ), but not something we will order again.  It is the first time we have had traditional seating - reclining spaces leaning against cushions.  If the 2 80 year olds in the bay next to us can do it with ease - we can too!



After lunch Andrew took some tea with a couple of rug merchants and in the end we decided to buy a wool rug as a memento of Iran.  It packs down surprisingly well, but is definitely a few kilos in weight!

But as Mr Poser is demonstrating below - we got it back to Lao no problem!










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