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Yazd - Day 2

Our day began with a visit to a beautiful Persian garden, the Dowlatabad Abad Garden. This garden was constructed in about 1750, and boasts a fine example of a wind tower in its pavilion. A wind tower captures desert breezes and transmits them to the interior of a building, creating a wonderful interior tempature despite scorching outdoor temperatures.

Once again our able guide has managed to find us a place that serves cappuccinos, which we are able to enjoy in the garden, notwithstanding that it is Ramadan.

We visited a small museum that taught us about Iranian “qanats”, ancient underground water channels that provide water to desert towns and gardens. The qanats are dug by hand from aquifers in the mountains, and transport water, often dozens of miles.

We spent the rest of the morning exploring the narrow, winding streets of old Yazd. Much of the city is constructed of mud brick, covered over with plaster of mud and straw, so that the whole city is the colour of the surrounding desert.

At lunch, we went to a local restaurant, where we enjoyed an Iranian dish called “Dizi”. This dish, made with lamb, chickpeas, white beans, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, turmeric and lime, is cooked for a long time in a clay pot. Then the contents are mashed and served with rice. Delicious!

In the afternoon we continued our journey southward. We stopped at Saryazd Fortress. This large mud brick fortress was constructed in the 7th century, and was used to store valuables and foodstuffs against marauders. We then continued on until we reached the Zein-o-Din Caravanserai, where we would spend the night. This Caravanserai was one of 999 that were constructed in the 16th century along the Silk Road, to accommodate traders and travelers. This one has been restored and functions as a modern inn.

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Dowlatabad Abad Garden
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Wind Tower
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Ceiling in wind tower
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Mick, Jayne and Pat waiting for our cappuccinos
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Mick, Jayne, Pat, Amin our guide, and Jim

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Our yummy lunch of Dizi soup

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A woman serving our Dizi soup
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Jim mashing some of the cooked ingredients that go in the Dizi soup

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Saryazd Fortress
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Saryazd Fortress
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Saryazd Fortress
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Saryazd Fortress
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Saryazd Fortress
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Saryazd Fortress
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Saryazd Fortress
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Outside the Caravanserai
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Dining area in the Caravanserai
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Courtyard in the Caravanserai
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Sleeping area in the Caravanserai

Posted by Jimpat 05:38

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