Out and about in Esfahan

 

March 28

I can’t vouch for the order that things happened as I failed at writing our itinerary down or even journaling each day. However, I think this day began with a visit to the Jameh Mosque of Esfahan built in the 13th century and still largely intact.

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Model of the Jameh Mosque and divinity school. All the little bumps are domes!

Next was a stop at the Shaking Tower Mosque.

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Quaking/Shaking Towers

Then we had a very special visit to the Esfahan Music Museum. It had only been open for a few months. A fascinating look at ancient instruments as well as a wee, private concert! It was truly a highlight!

Lunch was at an old bathhouse that had been turned into a restaurant. The food and service were great, and it was fun to see the remains of the bathhouse underneath.

We went and visited St. Joseph’s Cathedral, which was built 400 years ago and has also become a museum and shrine to the victims of the Armenian genocide.

I mustn’t forget the quaint, eclectic shisha bar we visited. Ironically, you had to walk through the smoking section to get to the non-smoking section where we waited for a table in the smoking section. Haha! There we had tea, some syrupy sweet pastry, and shared some shisha.

Heading back to Naqsh-e-Jahan Square IMG_5981we had dinner in another sit-on-the-same-level-as-your-food place to try sheep’s lung biryani.

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The small brown pile is sheep’s lung. We had to try it as it is considered a delicacy.

Adventures of the cultural palate! It was a unique texture. We went back to the hotel and a few went back out to the bazaar for more shopping. Whew! So much packed into one day!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Judy Taft
    May 30, 2016 @ 15:03:51

    Fabulous photos!!! Am so grateful for your sharing of your adventures. Continue to enjoy (and keep sending the photo blog–wonderful!)!!!
    Love, Judy

    Reply

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