Iran – Tehran (26 Dec 2017)
It’s our last day in Iran (and the last day of our honeymoon), and we wanted to make the most of it.
Tehran was a hive of activity early in the morning.
We found a coffee shop and decided to get some coffee to start the day off. Drink prices were slightly cheaper than Singapore’s.
Since I still haven’t had enough snow even after the snowstorm in Ukraine, I decided to visit the Alborz mountains north of Tehran.
The nearest entry point to the mountains was at Tochal, a popular ski resort. Though as you can see from the pictures, there’s been a lack of snow so most things are still closed.
There were a lot of interesting cafes and restaurants here.
It’s actually possible to hike all the way to the top, but we had neither the time nor energy for it. So cable car it is then.
As we ascended the mountain, more and more snow began to appear, and the temperature started to drop from the comfortable 18 deg at sea level towards freezing point.
Being the cold-resistant guy that I was, I was naturally still clad in a T-shirt.
The landscape was nice, but you could probably get the same view at almost any ski resort around the world. Still, it was nice to see snow again after spending a couple of days in the desert. It’s quite amazing though, that the ski resort is so accessible from the main city.
And back down to the city we went. The whole side trip took an entire morning – an interesting diversion, no doubt.
As we headed back down to the streets, we chanced upon a shop selling, was it, jam made out of different kinds of nuts? It was very nice, so we bought a couple back home.
Lunch was at a very local place selling all sorts of stuff that you could point and choose to place onto a plate. Kind of like the economical mixed rice we have in SG.
The food naturally still wasn’t much to my taste, but you can’t go wrong with simple noodles, I guess.
We visited the treasury museum where there were all sorts of amazing jewellery, including some really huge rubies and diamonds worn by royals all over the world. Unfortunately no photos were inside. The guards were also very quick to warn people if they leaned in too closely towards the exhibits (which were all encased in glass boxes).
After wandering around the city for a bit, night soon fell. Our usual strategy for traveling is to hit up the places that close before evening, and hit up the places that remain open at night (a pretty common-sense strategy, really).
The Grand Bazaar in Tehran was absolutely enormous. It dwarves any of the other bazaars that I’ve seen – whether it’s in Turkey, or in any other middle eastern countries. You have entire sections all selling products of the same kind (children’s clothes, women’s clothes, toys, kitchen stuff etc etc). The scale was just mind-boggling.
One very curious thing that we found was that many of the shops had no customers, and there were like 100 of them all clustered in one place. We wondered how they could make a living this way… perhaps some Iranians could enlighten us on this.
Since we didn’t have much time before our flight, dinner was a relatively simple affair – hot dog bun.
And… it’s time to pack things up and head for the airport. It’s been a really interesting journey in Iran (and all the countries before that), and hopefully this honeymoon is only the start of our many adventures together!
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