Iran, photos and commentary from my sister.
Here in Kandovan Apparently 6,000 years ago the volcano at the back of the photo (still active) erupted and as the ash hardened it formed cone like structures… Which tribes started to inhabit….
Today 160 families live here… About 600 people.. We climbed up the steep rocks to one house whose owner invited us to visit…
To Ardabil (Arda means great- Bil means city)… About 40 miles from the Caspian Sea…NE of Tabriz…
To a Sufi (mystic) shrine which was spectacular…
And lunch at a very non/tourist local restaurant in Ardabil…have NO idea what we were eating but it was delicious!! The servers all members of one family…
So….. Here’s a VERY abbreviated bit of what we learned today:
1. On the drive to and from we were stopped by the police 8 times … 4 times each way….it seems that bus drivers are tracked for speed by a GPS system and they have to keep a log on a flash drive… They are pulled over, and what’s on their drive is compared to speed limits to ensure they weren’t speeding between point A and point B…..they say the accident rate has dramatically dropped!!
2. Mysticism is now a sub sect of Islam though originally WAY outside it!!
The Sufis believe that you need to get into a trance in order to find the Truth…. Some did it by whirling and others by violent shaking of their heads…
3. The important structures in Iran are much smaller than their European counterparts but much more highly decorated inside and out with tile mosaics… More modest on the outside but more elaborate on the inside….(see photos)
5. The call to prayer we heard in Istanbul we haven’t heard at all here… Seems that call is for Sunnis and Shiites are more relaxed… They don’t have required mass prayers but rather can combine the multiple required prayers and do them in the morning, on their own… And sometime again between noon and dusk…
The chanting room at the Sufi Lodge…note all the empty niches at the top of the room … This is acoustical so that at the height of the chanting to get into a trance there is no reverberation… pretty cool 16th century engineering….
Back on USA turf, a friend of CosHarbour’s was in Colorado Springs at Garden of The Gods Spa & Resort in Colorado Springs and sent this.
And more from CosHarbour, on his home turf of Manhattan, a shot of the new building at 10 Sullivan. Check out the price tag for the Penthouse!! Yes, that says $45 million!!
Replaced gas station + car wash just below Spring/sixth. Scaffolding just came down over the past week, step by step, day by day.Today was first day the bow was exposed.
And lastly from Cos, 1972 Fiat124 Abarth 124 Coupe
And my personal favorite, from Libertarian Advocate, fellow blogger, dog lover, world traveler, gourmand, and all around bon vivant.
That’s it for today. Contemplating seeing the new Bond movie Spectre, but I heard mixed reviews this morning. Most are giving it a three out of five. Should I go anyway??