Good morning Tehran! Morning rush hour in Iran's capital of Tehran. It's crowded, busy, bustling. Taxis are everywhere, and many roads are blocked or reduced due to construction on a new subway system - which is much needed!
Our first stop is the beautiful Golestan Palace.
Inside one of the museums in the Golestan Palace complex.
School girls taking photos of us!
Inside one of the museums in Golestan Palace - dolls with traditional dress of the many tribes/groups in Iran.
American's are a rarity in Iran and just about everyone is curious
Carved marble walls
Bahman, our guide, talking to the group at Golestan Palace.
Greek Orthadox Church - there are many churches and synagogues in Iran.
View from our room at the Laleh Hotel in Tehran.
Tehran has its own Space Needle, complete with revolving restaurant!
Ayatollah Khomeini Shrine, just one the outskirts of Tehran.
This was taken on our return to Tehran at the end of the trip - fresh snow in the mountains north of the city - ski resorts there will be happy for the snow fall!
Rest stop on the way to Hamadan.
Interesting landscapes abound in Iran - this rock formation is just one of many interesting formations we saw.
Not so much a rest stop for us, but the bus needed a quick repair of a water line to the cooling system. This was after climbing one of many mountain passes throughout our tour.
New mosque in Hamadan.
Gardens at the tomb of Abu Sina, known for his medical knowledge, much of which still stands today.
Monument at the tomb of Abu Sina
Central square in Hamadan, complete with monument to the Iran-Iraq war. This area was hard hit by the war.
Park outside the tomb of Abu Sina
Inside the tomb/synagogue of Rachel and Mordechai in Hamadan
Newly discovered treat - white berries! They went from being a mystery food to a big hit for a snack on the bus. They are like white raspberries that have been dried - kind of sweet, chewy, and a slight nutty flavor. Yum!
In the mountain park of Ganjnameh to view the carved inscriptions of Darius and Xerxes.
This is a family park, and there were vendors selling all kinds of snacks- cotton candy, nuts, and this treat- brine soaked corn cooked on hot coals. Different enough to entice several of our group to try it out.
There is a ski area further up the mountain, and the place is popular with hikers.
Street scene in Hamadan
Glass found at the site of Hagmataneh - an active archeological site in Hamadan
Alavian Tomb crypt
Just harvested pumpkins and squash for sale on the roadside.
Carvings on the mountainside at Bisotun
From up the mountainside near the carvings there is an excellent view of the park and valley below.
People climbing up to see the rock carvings at Bisotun.
Hunting scene at Kermanshah rock carvings.
Monument in Kermanshah commemorating the mountain sports popular in the area.
Rest stop, break for tea, cookies, and stretch our legs.
Nomad woman showing us how she prepares the bread.
Iran has amazing geological features!
Roadside BBQ - lunch time!
A truck carrying apples lost it's load down the road, and these men scooped up what apples they could in their truck! We had fresh apples with lunch.
The remains of an ancient stone bridge.
View 1: going into the cut in the mountains.
View 2: Looking back down to the cut we had driven through a little bit earlier. We are still climbing in elevation.