Iran – Isfahan (22 Dec 2017)
We arrived at Safir hotel in Isfahan at night, after getting dropped off by our driver who drove us to Abyaneh earlier in the day.
It wasn’t a very cheap option (S$115), but the level of comfort was there. Occasionally, it simply makes more sense to shell out a bit more for a room, than to go for a room that’s much worse and yet isn’t all that much cheaper.
We informed the hotel that we were on our honeymoon, and they spruced the room up a bit for us. That was a nice touch 🙂
Dinner was at one of the more popular restaurants (I can’t recall the name right now).
And after dinner, it’s time for some ice cream!
The ice cream was really good and cheap! If I recall, it only costs less than a dollar.
We strolled to the iconic Allahverdi Khan Bridge, but were rather shocked to see that the river had completely dried up. This contrasts with the other images of the bridge that we had seen online, with the beautiful reflection. Sigh.
Can’t remember what’s this – but it was surprisingly nice. Somewhat savoury taste with a tinge of sourness from the yogurt (or something similar), I presume. It was served hot.
And, can’t go wrong with some greasy American fried food! It’s only a few days into Iran and I was already getting tired of kebabs.
Even though Iran was a staunchly Muslim country, the hotel still featured a good amount of Christmas decorations. I guess it’s to cater to the large number of foreigners staying here.
The breakfast was in an elegantly-decorated room.
There was a decent spread – I’m happy just to get egg and sausage 🙂
We were planning to hit up quite a lot of places today, but those plans had to be shelved – because it was apparently an important day in Iran today, where most things were closed. Fortunately, we were still able to visit some of the public areas and the important mosques.
First stop was the famous Naqsh-e Jahan Square, a stunningly beautiful and wide-open square which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Shah mosque was one of the mosques around the main square, and is registered along with the square as a UNESCO world heritage site.
And for good reason – it’s one of the most beautiful mosques I’ve seen, with its grandeur and intricacy of the tiles and mosaic tiles.
We took our time to roam around the city slowly, since there wasn’t much else we could visit today.
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