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    Memories of Esfahan: Half the World

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    Ummm...OK.


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    It's a beautiful city - I was lucky enough to be there last year, usually I miss out on it.

    Simply a wonderful place, great food, very nice people and the best Gaz in Persia

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    'Esfahan is half the world.'

    I had to look that one up. Interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat View Post
    Simply a wonderful place, great food, very nice people and the best Gaz in Persia
    ...spent 3.5 years there enjoying the adventure of a lifetime...loved everything about the city...

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    ^ Wow. Iran is certainly on my bucket list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...spent 3.5 years there enjoying the adventure of a lifetime...loved everything about the city...
    I did a year or two in Iran split between the Tehran office and projects near Shiraz, Abadeh, and some other smaller places near the Iraqi border. The hospitality and friendliness of the Iranian people towards us foreigners at that time (early 2000's) is something I'll never forget, along with the varied and spectacular scenery. Great food too!

    Its a shame they have to live under the leadership they do, for sure TC you spoke with those old enough to remember the way things were pre-revolution and saw the spark in their eyes as they recalled that era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    for sure TC you spoke with those old enough to remember the way things
    ...I'm one of those who remembers the way things were before I was evacuated out when Khomeini arrived...I imagine that Iranians, for the most part, remain the warm and friendly folks I remember...

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    The Iranians I know in the free world are mostly well off, highly educated, polite and caring, and whose family saw the writing on the wall even before '79 and got out with whatever they could carry or transfer.

    Takes some doing for a country to go downhill for 4 decades, with no sign of relief, so I hope your bucket has a big hole at the bottom, sabang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Headworx View Post
    spoke with those old enough to remember the way things were pre-revolution and saw the spark in their eyes as they recalled that era.
    Ohh yes , the good old days of Savak , CIA, and Mossad.
    Beautiful country. Great people. Great food. They deserve, better than then, and better than now.
    I drove up and down 3rd Av. NYC looking for Iranian food and could not find any. all I could find was lots and lots of Persian food restaurants.
    Don't you love the subtle power of propaganda?
    The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.

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    ..."Persia" carries a romantic notion of carpets, beautiful mosques and gardens and poetry..."Iran" denotes little but turmoil, misery...and oil...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ..."Persia" carries a romantic notion of carpets, beautiful mosques and gardens and poetry..."Iran" denotes little but turmoil, misery...and oil...
    Sure, I agree with you . And I understand the marketing aspect. but why would there be a difference if not for the demonization of one, and the romanticization of the other, if not for perception management propaganda.
    Sorry to inject politics in your lovely thread
    Nonetheless . thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures, and found memories of your time there.

    PS: a couple of months ago I finished reading, Creation by Gore Vidal for the second time (I had read it about twenty years ago) It follows the life of the grandson of Zoroaster, from Cyrus, Darius,and Xerxes , and his travels to India and Cathay, and Persian relations with Greece. I highly recommend it, very entertaining and interesting reading.

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    ...the Sheikh Lutfallah mosque In Esfahan (pictured above) may be the most beautifully decorated human construction I've seen...here are a few interior shots:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckaroo Banzai View Post
    Ohh yes , the good old days of Savak , CIA, and Mossad.
    Preceded by the CIA overthrowing of an elected leader . . .

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    ...*nattering nabobs of negativism* should start a different thread...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    ...*nattering nabobs of negativism* should start a different thread...
    Damn Nananegs always trying to ruin things LOL

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