Virtual Iran

By: clearlakemike , 7:10 PM GMT on May 21, 2014

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No crowded tourist planes with screaming and vomiting babies! No passports required! No worries about being thrown into prison for spying!! :)

Join me on a virtual tour of Iran, historic Persia. (Under construction and contributions are welcome!)






Nasir al-Mulk Mosque




Nasir al-Mulk mosque by haestahban Friday May 16, 2014 Shiraz, Iran




Interior of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque




Red Tree Wide by brightidea05 April 24, 2009 Shiraz, Iran



Now, where to get a healthy lunch in Shiraz?....Off to search for a good place to get a Shirazi Salad...




Shiraz, Iran

Big place...looks like what the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs) might look like in the year 2525...


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Found the perfect place...Cafe Forough


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Salad-e shirazi is a summertime favorite in Iran. Finely chopped tomatoes and cucumbers mixed with spices and lime juice make salad-e shirazi a hit.



Après le déjeuner a lovely walk through the nearby Jahan Nama Garden

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This large walled garden has existed since at least the 13th century CE. Much of the present design may be 18th century. In a classic Persian garden arrangement, four broad avenues, bordered with orange trees, cypresses and roses converge on an octagonal stone pavilion at the centre.



And of course, a stop in the garden's coffee shop for an afternoon pick-me-up....

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Coffee — The Wine of Islam






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If you are here or planning to visit here beware of this kind of thing on the roads here...happens quite often, imo. Just beware of the oncoming traffic at all times...especially at night or on the weekends in general. There are a lot of drunks on the roads here. Be particularly alert to the oncoming southbound traffic when returning from the National Park at night towards the north to the resorts. I also suggest you gas up and eat so you can avoid stopping in the Ka'u area. Very rough around the edges. Eat at Volcano village or stop in Captain Cook. There is virtually little police protection in the Ka'u district between the park and the South Kona district. The roads are very curvy and dangerous without lighting and very little shoulders. Cell service is spotty also. You are pretty much on your own in an area often referred to as "The Wild West".

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This is just like the Ocean View/Ka'u Ghetto Town Council!! At first, I thought they had used them for stand-ins but the real Iranians are far gentler and kinder, and Happy looking!

The ones here look like zombies walking in the vog over cemeteries.


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Shah Cheragh

Shāh Chérāgh (Persian: شاه چراغ‎) is a funerary monument and mosque in Shiraz, Iran, housing the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim and brothers of ‘Alī ar-Ridhā. The two took refuge in the city during the Abbasid persecution of Shia Muslims.




Startrails by haestahban Friday May 23, 2014 Neyriz, Iran





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Iran Astrology: Sun in Khordad or Gemini, Moon in Amordad or Leo 2014





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Nasir al-Mulk mosque (haestahban)
Nasir al-Mulk mosque
Nasir al-Mulk mosque
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Silver lupine
Red Tree Wide (brightidea05)
Red Tree Wide
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front porch steps of a farmhouse
Catnap!
Startrails (haestahban)
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Startrails
Yosemite Valley (KSMc)
El Capitan on the left, Half Dome in the distance center, and Bridal Vail Falls on the right. Classic photo from the Tunnel View Spot.
Yosemite Valley
Red Cliffs Sunset (newenglandlight)
Red Cliffs Sunset
Cool at the Coast (Bluesmaster)
About 60 clear and breezy, perfect for an afternoon hike!
Cool at the Coast
McWay Falls (2620)
McWay Falls is an 80-foot waterfall located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park along the Pacific Coast Highway south of Carmel, CA. The source of the waterfall is McWay Creek and at high tide, the waterfall cascades directly into the Pacific Ocean.
McWay Falls
Rawche Rock (kiki25)
Rawche Rock
Looking down on the valley (calpoppy)
Looking toward Bridgeport, Ca
Looking down on the valley
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57. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
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56. clearlakemike
6:06 PM GMT on June 08, 2014
No problem, Bug. Sorry to hear about the chaos at your work. I read that you were being squeezed by The Suits. Trying to get that last drops of blood out of you before they move on to their next victim. Yes, old books and movies are probably what is keeping you sane-ish. For me, it was exercise. I couldn't wait to get outside!!

I have had that happen loading up at Costco and a big downpour would drop while I was trying to get everything into the truck. G is screaming at me to get all the refrigerated stuff into the coolers first while I am trying to balance an umbrella over my head and just get the stuff in the m-f truck, lol. I am ready to kill myself by the time we get all loaded in. One time, one of the employees who was loading up all the shopping carts people leave all over the place, stopped and help me load stuff in during a downpour. I was by myself and she was so kind to stop and help me get it all in. The local management at the Costco unfortunately, is not so professional. Walmart I try to avoid like the plague. But when your shopping options are limited and few as they are here on East jesus island one sometimes has to hold one's nose and go in.
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55. palmettobug53
5:03 PM GMT on June 08, 2014
Hi, Mike.

Haven't been by in a while.

My lunchtime breaks go by so fast at work. Work has been so chaotic lately, I haven't even wanted to look at a computer on work nights.

As for my weekends, I turn the thing on, read a bit, make a few posts, then get sidetracked into chores or old movies/books and never get back.

Which reminds me. I have GOT to get to Walmart for gas and supplies for the coming week.

It never did rain yesterday. You watch. I'll check out with my groceries and the bottom will drop out. I hate trying to load up the truck in the rain.
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54. clearlakemike
7:26 PM GMT on June 07, 2014
I wish we would get more rain, Sandi. Free water...you have reminded me that I need to fertilize my bougainvillea and hibiscus plants. Being that they are in pukas with fill in the lava they are like container plants...constantly needing fertilizer. Yes, sheep would be good, lol, a touch of Scotland or New Zealand in MK, LOL.

I know someone that does wash their car in the rain here! He puts on a swimming suit and washes his car when there is a good downpour! lol Water is so scarce here every drop is valuable.
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53. sandiquiz
8:29 AM GMT on June 07, 2014
Not been by for a day or two, so stopping to say 'hi'.
It is raining.....I do wish I had found time yesterday, when it was dry and sunny, to cut the lawn! Boy, what with all this rain, and the fertiliser put on in April...it is shooting up!' Never mind, I can always get some sheep! It would be something else for Max to watch!
I could always go out and soap up the car...then the rain would rinse it off! Lol
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52. GardenGrrl
8:29 PM GMT on June 06, 2014
Hi Mike, am back from my vacation and trying to catch up.
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51. clearlakemike
10:00 PM GMT on June 05, 2014
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50. clearlakemike
9:47 PM GMT on June 05, 2014
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49. clearlakemike
7:08 PM GMT on June 05, 2014
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48. clearlakemike
5:43 PM GMT on June 04, 2014
Hi Sandi, I drove through some unusual and heavy downpours the other day and got a free car wash, lol. My car had been covered in dead moths and I welcomed the heavy rain as it washed them all off! I thought all Englishmen moaned about the weather, lol. I never complain about it being too warm. I wish I was in Palm Springs now as the daytime temps go into the 100's! But it is a dry heat!! LOL

My big complaint these days is having to live around unfriendly, nasty people who let their garbage blow all around the neighborhood or let their chickens and pigs escape which then eat my landscaping. I have spent a lot of time, effort and money trying to give my property some curb appeal and also be a pleasant environment. When I look out my kitchen window to admire and enjoy my efforts and see chickens eating my plants or pigs rifling through my garbage cans and leaving behind a huge mess it is not what I had expected. And then I walk out on the street and see litter everywhere. Discarded garbage of all kinds. San Francisco was cleaner than this place and that is not saying much!! Maybe I should have moved to Singapore which is so clean you probably could eat off the sidewalks. Palm Springs would have been nice also as is a very clean city and has better weather. It is also much friendlier and just in other ways also. Singapore is still lacking in the civil rights for all its citizens but I think has made improvements although slight. But the nearby countries like Brunei are going backwards towards the 15th century. Malaysia is sort of creepy and now Thailand is a military dictatorship.

Ok, rant over for now. Having morning coffee on a lovely sunny morning and dog is wanting to go for a walk. I noticed some new garbage blown out onto the streets for us to walk by and admire.

Hope you are enjoying your course. Will stop by your blog later to see what it is about. Thanks for stopping by!

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47. sandiquiz
6:33 AM GMT on June 04, 2014
Hi Mike,

It is raining here, again, and C is sitting at the table, having morning coffee and moaning about "the weather"!
Funny thing is, he will moan when it gets too warm, should I say, hot, as well! Some folk are never happy!

At least all the rain has greened up my garden!

Into day three of my six week course. I am struggling a little, but will get to grips with it, soon....I hope!

Be good!

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46. clearlakemike
6:44 PM GMT on June 03, 2014
Thank you, Barb. Beautiful dog reminds me of the stature of an Afghan dog that were popular here back in the '70's. My dog has the long legs of a greyhound also. She is quite an odd looking dog, like her guardian, lol. She is a "poi", a little of everything. I am sort of like that too, lol.

The artwork is beautiful and illustrates also how ancient and culturally rich the Persian culture is.

Thanks for the laughs again with another humorous "German" word list. I sense that when I am around German tourists that they live in sort of a different linguistic world at times, lol.

Well, not so amusing and something I thought you might find of interest if you are not aware of it already is the freak dust storm Tehran has experienced.

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Dust storm sweeps over Tehran
Dust storm kills at least four people, injures dozens and disrupts international flights to Iranian capital.


There are similar dust storms in the American southwest. Recently, a deadly one in New Mexico.
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45. barbamz
5:12 PM GMT on June 02, 2014
When we speak of dogs, here's a contribution to your virtual Iran:


Wiki: The Saluki, also known as the Arabian Greyhound, Royal Dog of Egypt or Persian Greyhound is one of the oldest known breeds of domesticated dog. There are petroglyphs and rock arts in Golpaygan and Khomein in central Iran that shows saluki-like hounds and falcons accompanying hunters chasing preys (ca. 8000%u201310,000 BCE). Also on the potteries found in Susa, Iran (ca. 4200 BCE) are images of saluki-like hounds chasing ibex or lying next to pools. ...


Source of the pic.

And to keep you laughing:

13 words Germans think are English

There are a number of English words that have made it into the German language but take on a completely different meaning. And they cause a bit of confusion with native English speakers. Here are our 13 favorites.
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44. clearlakemike
11:08 PM GMT on June 01, 2014
LOLOL!!! Barb!! lol...oh, thank you so much! I needed that so bad right now...

I love German loaner words!!! And Yiddish (which is Jewish-German.) I love how German and Yiddish words can sum up an entire situation so succinctly and often very funnily.

That was a great list of them too!! :-)

Glad you enjoyed the squirrel video (and I won't make you try to say 'squirrel', lol.) Although, if you speak Englisch as well as you write in it I might not be laughing with you! Btw, I am teaching my part German Shepard dog commands in German. When I first started she looked up at me and smiled!! lol She never does that with English!
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43. barbamz
8:37 PM GMT on June 01, 2014


Mike, thanks for the squirrel video in my blog. Guess you'll like the above one as well :-)
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42. clearlakemike
1:57 AM GMT on May 31, 2014
Thanks, Sandi!! Same to you!! Getting some rain today which is nice!
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41. sandiquiz
3:43 PM GMT on May 30, 2014
Yup... it is back! Eventually we will get everything back as it was!!! lol
Hope you and G are well, and you have a good weekend:)
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40. clearlakemike
10:48 PM GMT on May 28, 2014
Yay!! The Recent Photos sidebar, for lack of a better way of describing it, is back!!
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39. sandiquiz
1:06 PM GMT on May 28, 2014
Funnily enough, one of the Top Gear Presenters entered a garden made of plasticine, for Children in Need. He won a special award, made out of plasticine, of course!!




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38. calpoppy
2:39 AM GMT on May 28, 2014
Now I get it!!!! I just read Sandi's blog, lol!!!
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37. clearlakemike
12:10 AM GMT on May 28, 2014
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36. clearlakemike
9:11 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
Regarding my (and G's) email accounts, WU, WP, Flickr and other social media...and attention to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Interpol, and any other whom may be concerned: I believe that our computers, firewall and network may have been repeatedly hacked. Possibly mobile devices and phones as they are on the network also.
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35. clearlakemike
6:54 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
I would prefer to garden with poppies and orchids rather than garbage and thugs! We had to reset the rain gauge last night and now it is in mm rather than inches. We got 1mm overnight. Just started raining and I had to come in. Well, reading the gauge in mm will get me ready for my Chelsea garden show exhibit, lol
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34. calpoppy
5:46 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
Very funny video on Bill Maher's!!!! It is perfect for your Iran blog!

Garbage can be re-purposed, right?
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33. clearlakemike
4:21 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
Newzflash: I have just been invited to do a garden at the Chelsea Garden Show!!! The theme: Gardening with Rubbish!!
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32. clearlakemike
3:55 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
No kitty pic here, Sandi, sorry. I can't restrict the viewers here like I can on Flickr. The neighbors were throwing rocks at the cat and injured him. He is seeking refuge on my property. These are the same people that have been harassing me all along here. They also let their garbage blow all around onto the streets and nearby homes. They call the police on me for littering!! They are friends with the corrupt police here. Now I have to pay a fine for littering!

This is just the tip of the garbage iceberg here...

Sorry to hear it is cold and wet there on your holiday. We also have a bank holiday of sorts and are expecting thunder and lightning...great beach weather, lol!
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31. sandiquiz
1:45 PM GMT on May 26, 2014
Where is the photo of your Ginger kitty, curled up in your too shed?

Happy wet Monday - Well, what do you expect, it is a Bank Holiday here, so the weather is awful!!
My hands on the keyboard are so cold,I had to turn on the heating again!
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30. clearlakemike
3:03 AM GMT on May 26, 2014
Hi Sandi and Briar!!, Thanks, Sandi. Briar I just saw this on Bill Maher's show. It was shown on Friday night but I didn't finish it last Friday and just watched the rest of it.

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29. BriarCraft
11:24 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
Just stopping by to say Hi.

The Happy Iranians prove all is not lost there, but unfortunately, they don't have much of a future since they made that video. I hope they don't die for their few minutes of rebellion.
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28. sandiquiz
6:52 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
Hi Mike,
I am glad you have enjoyed the flower show.......

Also pleased to hear you have 'appointed' a person to give you good advice. I approve!
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27. clearlakemike
6:46 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
Hi Bug, you are not babbling, lol...yes, I would like to travel and sightsee but it takes $$$. And a willingness to spend time on crowded tourist planes with babies, lol. And as Barb pointed out using up carbon credits. I applaud her for being that concerned. I have used up other types of credit and now must use it for a lawyer.

Thank you, I think posting the pictures from India helped me enjoy that trip even more.

I agree with your sentiments about dangerous fringe elements. As for religion, any kind, I am with Bill Maher, "Religilous". But '"Spirit" "higher power" or even "Mother Nature" or just life force and the mystery of it is more life affirming as far as I am concerned.
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26. palmettobug53
4:31 PM GMT on May 25, 2014
Hi, Mike! Between you, Barb, Sandi and others here, I can travel and sightsee without leaving my house!

I remember when you took that trip to India. You posted some incredible pictures.

I've thoroughly enjoyed Barb's latest adventure, too.

Hubby is very anti-Islamic, esp after 9/11. But I've always believed that the core beliefs of Islam don't reflect what most non Islamic people think. You can have the same fanatic fundamentalists in just about any religion. The fringe element. Dangerous, yes, but the majority are just people, like everyone else. Trying to work, pay the bills, raise families and enjoy life.

As you mentioned, when Europe was deep in the Dark Ages, the Islamic countries were light years ahead in arts, science, mathmatics, etc. There were practices at that time in both Europe, the Middle East, Asia that we now consider barbaric but it was the norm.

I'm babbling again!
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25. clearlakemike
3:50 AM GMT on May 25, 2014
Thanks, Barb. Yes, you are up late if you are starting to hear the birds!! lol. Have a good sleep. The cupola of Esfahan is beautiful! Thanks for the photo. The mosque in your latest entry is also beautiful.

My grandmother subscribed to National Geographic for most of her life and kept them all in her house. When I was a child we would spend Sunday afternoons visiting her and would sit on her sofa for hours looking at the National Geographic magazines. We traveled the world through those magazines! They may have been what inspired one of my aunts to become one of the first women US State Department Officers. She traveled the world extensively and was one of the last Americans out of China before Mao closed the door. She spoke 7 languages fluently. Unfortunately, I didn't get her side of the family's intelligence, LOL.

Yes, Islamic romance is full of drama!! I enjoyed visiting the Taj Mahal in India. I also liked the elaborate musical scenes in the latest version of the Bollywood movie by the same name. It was released about the same time I was in India. The Taj Mahal was an amazing experience. We were fortunate to have an excellent guide who was a history major. He was fluent in English, French and Hindi.
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24. barbamz
2:49 AM GMT on May 25, 2014
You're welcome, Mike :-) No problem with using this pic. And thanks for your comments! Unfortunately I have to sleep now and accomplish some visits tomorrow. See you later in the new week!



And for your virtual Iran, here is the cupola of Esfahan. When I was I child I loved to have a look at the volumes of "National Geographic" my parents had subscribed earlier and stored them in the basement of our house. Especially this cupula with its colors fed my romantic phantasy :-) which resembled "One Thousand and One Nights". Good night (or better "Good morning" as the birds already start to sing) to the other side of the world.
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23. clearlakemike
1:25 AM GMT on May 25, 2014
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Barb, I hope you don't mind me borrowing this image. I have sourced it back to you. I will remove it if you would like. But I need that angel to come to my 'hood!! lol There is garbage over all the place here! I try to keep it off my property but it just keeps on blowin' back. I got a good laugh out of this photo and your caption.

I am in the process of looking at your latest entry. Fascinating!! And some drop dead gorgeous scenery to boot! :)
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22. clearlakemike
4:01 PM GMT on May 24, 2014
Hi GG. Yes, I am starting to hear that from other people also.
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21. GardenGrrl
3:29 AM GMT on May 24, 2014
Hiya. Funny, well not funny, but I have talked to several people that have lived in Hawaii and they have said it can be a pretty rough place.
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20. clearlakemike
5:57 PM GMT on May 23, 2014
Obama Designates Half-Million Acre National Monument in New Mexico

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The protected area, near Las Cruces, includes petroglyphs from three indigenous societies, canyons, mountains and desert grasslands, a volcanic field and a petrified forest.
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19. clearlakemike
4:44 PM GMT on May 23, 2014


Barb, I see you found a good link for the petrogyphs in Hawaii. Your welcome, I am glad you enjoyed it.

I was in India in 2006. Fascinating country, yes!! Well, I am glad you got to go back to Turkey again and share it with us!
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18. barbamz
11:10 AM GMT on May 23, 2014
Wow, Mike, I had no idea of petroglyphs in Hawaii. Thank you for this information. Really impressive!

Double citizenship: No, I'm a pure Kraut as my ancestors are, lol. And I don't have problems with some jokes about the specialties of my countrymen (including myself). US-people are (or better: were) addressed as "Amis" in Germany, btw :-)

Foto with the tower in Eastern Turkey: No, I didn't know those people who probably were locals. It was just a lucky random shot which concentrates the atmosphere of this journey.

Which year have you been in India? Nearly 30 years ago I once planned to travel to this fascinating country but it didn't panned out. Guess I'll never see it because I became a bit reluctant with long flights for several reasons. I feel like I've already eaten up my piece of the cake concerning carbon emissions. The recent flight to Turkey was a little break in the rule though ;-)
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17. clearlakemike
11:46 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Oh, and Barb, you are always welcome to make fun of Americans here also...feel free to, lol. I don't know what the slang term is, I guess, Yankee go home!!!! LOL or Yanqui go home! I was camping next to a group of Germans in Yosemite once and they were making fun of us, although I didn't understand what they were saying. But they would watch us, chat and then break out laughing, lol. I tried not to take it personally :)
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16. clearlakemike
8:33 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Thanks for the addition of the map. Yes, I remember when I flew over that area we went over Turkish airspace into Iranian airspace over Tehran and then out off the coast of Pakistan and then reentered probably around Mumbai towards the south to Bangalore. We had to wear our seat belts and stay in our seats for hours during part of that. I had to use the lavatory and defied authority during that. I was ordered back to my seat, lol. But after my trip to the lav! thankfully...lol

Yes, interesting to refresh my memory on the borders of that region.
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15. clearlakemike
8:18 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Thank you, Barb!! Wonderful!!! Do you have dual citizenship with Turkey (you can answer question at your leisure, lol?) I guess so if it is on your passport. That is fascinating. Are those people standing on the tower? Anyone you know? Very nice gift from your parents.

Sorry to hear about the earthquake. That part of the world is known for them...like California. I have heard that Istanbul resembles San Francisco a little with its bridges. I one time initially mistook a photo here on WU as SF until I looked at it more closely.

Yes, I guess they call that part of the world the cradle of civilization. Steeped in history! I am in the '49er part of the world. Although, there are interesting petroglyphs that are thousands of years old here in Hawaii and I think calpoppy was mentioning some near her in California. I have a few petroglyph photos from here I will post sometime.

There are some not far from where I live, actually. Makai of my house. We went off road to look for them when we first moved here but had a bad experience with some locals and have never gone back. I have gone and looked/photoed them in safer locations. I think the most fascinating ones I have ever seen were in southern Utah at Newspaper Rock.



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14. barbamz
7:40 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Little present for you, Mike, with two scans from my photos of my past back in 1989, lol. Pic's aren't from Iran, but very (!) near its border in the eastmost part of Turkey. I started this travel with my father (my parents who once gave life to me in Turkey some decades earlier paid for the travel in order to show me the country which is mentioned in my passport) and I wasn't prepared in any way for what I was going to see. So I was rubbing my eyes in disbelief when the guide told us: "Well, couple of miles in this direction there is the border to Iran." I wasn't aware until then how far Turkey is outstreched to the east, and that we would even cross the rivers of Euphrat und Tigris in Turkey.


Ishak Pasha Palace in Dogubeyazit near volcano Ararat (you know where Noah's ark is said to have landed).



One of my favorite photos from this travel, showing an ancient tower in Van (Turkish Armenia). Don't know whether it still stands because Van was hit by an devastating and very deadly earthquake a couple of years ago.


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13. clearlakemike
7:06 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Ah, very nice. Thank you! I am fascinated by and enjoy the Islamic culture and art. Some of the mosques are just incredibly beautiful. More to come as I do my hunting and research. It is so interesting that during the dark ages of Christian Europe the Islamic world was flourishing in the arts and sciences.

The political and social of modern day Iran is also interesting. I went to school with pre-revolution Iranians and worked briefly with an Iranian who decided to return. Iran/Persia is a very old and rich culture.
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12. barbamz
6:40 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Only way to enter virtual Iran of course is a flying carpet!


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11. calpoppy
5:05 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
It has been a long time since I heard London Fog jackets and coats, LOL!! Thanks for putting my pic up, I plan to take a better pic of that same scene this coming week . I believe it will be sunshine up there then!!

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10. clearlakemike
4:42 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
calpoppy, your photo reminded me of the mountain meadows above Tehran. Very nice. I think Tehran and SoCal are sort of similar in topography in some ways from the beautiful photos I have seen on WU from Iran. More of which I plan to post here.
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9. clearlakemike
4:36 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
We got the Ocean View Vog jackets. They look sort of like a straight jacket...you know, the ones the white uniformed men deliver, Sandi.
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8. clearlakemike
4:32 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
LOL...
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7. clearlakemike
4:32 PM GMT on May 22, 2014
Or was it "Members Only" jacket, lol...I haven't seen those in years either. I think the last time I wore a London Fog jacket was in the '70's and the last time I wore a Members Only jacket was in the '80's!! LOL
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