Anyone looking at our map will think we should have headed straight to Qom but we heard great things about Esfahan and felt it was a minor detour worth taking. So we put the heads down (as there was much to look around at!) and peddled hard for Esfahan.
Back to more of the same....Long....mundane...but damn perfect roads
Brian feeling snappy
The weather has begun to remind us of home..
I'm cold and bored!!
We finally hit Esfahan and Mike nearly hits a bus!
We stay in a very expensive hostel as its the Iranian new year of "No Ruz' from 21st March (our calender year) to early April....(think its the 8th)....
After a shower we go for some quick power site seeing - sraight to the Jameh Mosque.
For anyone who's interested
Next we head to the local market where we spot some very funny mannequins so of course we had to have some fun.....
Who looks better?
Paul bumped into his brother...(Mike you cannot deny this!!!)
Ohhhh My God!!!!!!
Two door knockers..One for a man..one for a woman...(both have different type sounds)
After the market we head for the impressive Imam Square. It is the second biggest Square in the world at 512m long and 163m wide and houses two very beautiful Mosques.
Paul and Mike in Imam Square (shaggin freezin in this!!!)
We stop for refreshments in a local Tea House
The Si -O-Seh Bridge built in 1599 used as both a bridge and a dam
There is huge emphasis on family gatherings in Iran
Beautifully maintained parks....
Iranian's love to Picnic...
This picnic'ing sight is so common in Iran. They just love the outdoors and love nothing more than to sit around and chat....We spot this sight every day on the road...Family values and a sense of togetherness are very important to Iranian people...It's a primary part of their Muslim beliefs....ie, the parents being central and pivitol to a good family...Respecting ones parents plays a huge part in The Holy Book of The Quran "Koran"
We head back to Imam Sq when the weather brightens up
The square is practically unchanged since it was built
A lone lady c/w chador walks the hallway of Imam Sq
More Picnicing locals
Father and son
More of Imam Sq...
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque