Scenes from Naqsh-e-Jahan Square: Ali Qapu Palace and The Grand Bazaar

Last week I shared with you a glimpse of Scenes from Naqsh-e-Jahan Square in Esfahan, mainly the southern and eastern part of the square – Imam Mosque and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque – both feature beautiful and jaw-dropping Persian-Islamic architecture and mosaics. Moving on to the western side of Naqsh-e-Jahan Square is the Ali Qapu Palace. The palace was used by the first Shah Abbas of Persia in the 17th century to greet and entertain noble visitors and foreign ambassadors. It has 7 floors and is accessible by a spiral staircase. We climbed the stairs all the way up to the 7th

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Gaya Street Sunday Fair

When my friend Su and I planned our trip to Sabah, we made sure that we would be there for the Gaya Street Sunday Market. Gaya Street is located in the business centre of Kota Kinabalu (KK) and only a stone throw away from our hotel. It is closed to traffic every Sunday morning for the fair. There are numerous stalls selling art and craft, food, fruits, meat, veggies, antiques, t-shirts, coffee, iced beverages, etc. Street markets are common in Malaysia – in fact, it’s pretty much our way of life – there are handicraft markets catered for tourists, and

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