Van was the first Turkish town after the Iranian boarder. After a few days of rest that the half of us really enjoyed to be headscarf-free. And a beer that enjoyed both of us we took the bus to Istanbul.
Here again some Iran Photos: We decided that cycling from Zanjan to Tabritz on a hight frequented highway would not be so funny and took the bus for this part. Unfortunately we could see the great colourful landscape only from the window of the bus. This was a quite difficult situation to take photos. The result is technical not satisfying but from a aesthetic point of few i still really like this photos. Enjoy!
Takht-e Soleymān (Persian: تخت سلیمان, “the Throne of Solomon”) is a stunning archaeological site on top of a volcano. Beside the crater lake are ruins from different periods dating back to pre-islamic zoroastrian times. Placed in this hight deserted area, equipped with a spring-lake which is providing endless water its a impressive place. The place was one of the most important zorastrian firetempel. sadly there was hardly any information about this interesting place, so I just link you here to the Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takht-e_Soleym%C4%81n
I’m a big fan of caves. But as much I like to crawl trough dark, tiny and muddy holes, I hate it to be in a group of tourist that is hurried on concreted routs trough a electrified tourist spot.
I totally would classify the Ali-Sadr-Cave as a developed tourist attraction (even as they only expect domestic tourists).
But, there is a big but. This Cave is outstanding! Its, enormously big, It is even so huge that this huge amount of people that is being booted trough the cave almost vanishes in this great halls and lakes. You enter an parallel world and automatically start to look out for Gollum and other magical creatures…
And the top of all came Afterwards: In this area we had so much snow that we asked if we could pitch our tent on the snow-exempt parking. Instead we got invited for tee and Lunch, and in the end we where allowed to camp in the waiting hall of the cave. Wow!
here just some impressions we got to see while cycling through the country.
on our first section of bicycling from Isfahan to Golpayegan, we actually found this ruin of a abandoned Caravanserai. I realy liked the look of the bare bricks. when you look closer you see a lot bullet-holes in the walls. I wonder what kind of fight had taken place here in the middle of nowhere?