For those who neither wanted to shop nor take photos there was a small teahouse where they could relax and read or just sit and watch people go by. As it was my last day with the group, we went out for dinner in a small restaurant which had live music. The music is often a little maudlin at these kind of places, but the food was good and it was nice to be able to spend a relaxing evening with everyone before having to say goodbye. It was a really nice group and I was sorry I could not continue along the rest of route with them though I have been along this part of the route before – tomorrow they go to Firuzabad, then onto Persepolis. The days after on to Pasargadae and Yazd and later, Isfahan and Kashan before finally returning to Tehran. They all seemed happy with the trip though and with Mehrdad as a guide, so was I.
It has been a great experience for me and I have learnt a lot about Iranian history and the various cultures, dynasties and peoples that have held sway over this ancient land, and as always, to experience the warmth and welcome of the Iranian people, which no matter how many times I come here still continues to amaze me with its depth and sincerity.
Bon voyage Mehrdad and my fellow travellers!This blog is part of an Off-The-Beaten-Track Travel Diary. Click on the links below to navigate through this journey.