Yes, this is my last post on Iran, a travel series that I had written for the past 3 months, capturing the places that I had visited and experiences that I had went through during that 8-day trip. It seems quite a lot for an 8-day trip but rest assured, we had quite a lot of free time as well to experience Iran at a more leisurely pace.
We left Esfahan on a Friday – it was a start to their weekend and the city was quiet. There were not many cars on the roads. Shops were closed and not a soul could be found in the streets. However, we managed to find an Armenian café opened in New Jolfa, the Armenian quarter in Esfahan. Fully satisfied with a lovely cup of Armenian coffee and some cake, we left Esfahan for Tehran in the afternoon to catch our flight back to Kuala Lumpur at night.
Our guide, Maryam and her husband drove us to Tehran. Maryam mentioned that she and her family had plans to spend their weekend in Tehran, so when she was informed of our itinerary by the travel agency, she offered to drive us there since they were heading to the capital city anyway. That was the first time we ever come across such an arrangement, so we were surprised and appreciated the offer. We were also delighted to meet her cute 18-month old son, Khoroush.
The time taken to drive from Esfahan to Tehran is 4 hours. En route to Tehran, we stopped in Kashan for an hour. It was part of our itinerary that we visit a few places of interest in Kashan.
We visited the Tabatabaei House, a historical house built in the 1880s and owned by a rich man in that region. The house features typical classical Persian design and architecture of stained glass windows and a courtyard of gardens and a pool. The Tabatabaei House was designed by Ustad Ali Maryam who also helped to build the Boroujerdi-ha House which was for the rich man’s newly married daughter.
Just before we left Kashan, we stopped by at the Hammam e-Sultan Amir Ahmad, a traditional public bathhouse originally built in the 16th century during the Safavid era but was damaged in an earthquake in the 1770s and later renovated during the Qajar period. It was really nice and cool inside the hammam, a respite from the heat outside.
We climbed up to the roof top of the bathhouse and here are interesting roof domes which look like outer space.
Thank you so much for reading and following my travel narratives on Iran, and truly appreciate your questions and comments about my trip 🙂 There is so much to see in this beautiful land of Persia, and I hope you get the opportunity to do so…someday.