EOS Weekend: The Here and There Edition

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…

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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…

Countryside on the way to Ardabil…
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Exterior of the Sufi Lodge
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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….
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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.

Poolside, November 1!!
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Colorado Springs equivalent of Bedford’s Sunnyfield farm
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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.
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Cos, a photo at the end of 24 mile bike ride up and down the Hudson River bikepath via Citibike.
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And lastly from Cos, 1972 Fiat124 Abarth 124 Coupe

The Town of Westport just outdid the Town of Bedford in the Cool Vehicle Department. Sent from reader Betty.
Read the red print!!! Love it love it love it!!
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And my personal favorite, from Libertarian Advocate, fellow blogger, dog lover, world traveler, gourmand, and all around bon vivant.
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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??

15 thoughts on “EOS Weekend: The Here and There Edition

  1. The photos from Iran are so timely and interesting. Would YOU go there?

    My heart melted at the pitbull and chihuahua.

    1. I’d go to Iran in a heartbeat but I’d be going alone. Mr. EOS says no. The problem for me isn’t traveling alone, I’m fine with that, it’s that there’s always a hefty surcharge for singles traveling along with tour groups that are traditionally twos. Bummer.

        1. It’s a double edged sword. While I WILL travel alone and CAN without any problem, it’s not my first choice but Mr. EOS and I differ greatly on where, how often, and how to travel. I have girlfriends with whom I could travel but it’s not the same. It’s one of the few areas of serious disagreement we have.

  2. I work right near the new 10 Sullivan building. It’s stunning and no surprise it’s so expensive. A+++ location + New build + views = whoa$$$$$$

    1. I get that equation but the penthouse at $45million? I’m not sure. Even the Duplex is $25m. I think it’ll take a wealthy techie/entrepreneur to want to live on Sullivan and pay that kind of money. I don’t think you’ll get the foreign money to move to Soho. Maybe I’m wrong.

    1. Why wouldn’t you go to Iran? Their hatred of Israel? Curious. I’d go for the history of the country, regardless (see Call It, I didn’t use irregardless!!) of their politics!

  3. I’d go to Iran too for the same reasons you said EOS, for the culture and history. if you start adding politics and who hates whom into the mix of where you travel, you’d never go anywhere. Oman is number one on my bucket list.

    1. My wife’s sister and her husband are going to Oman in February with Cazenove and Loyd, a British concern. I hear it’s the purest of all Middle eastern cultures, unaffected by Western influences. Unlike Dubai, the Las Vegas of the east. Dubai doesn’t interest me at all. I can see the appeal of Iran, depending on who the guide company is and what the focus is of the tour. I’m enjoying your sister’s photos very much.

      http://www.cazloyd.com/en-gb/south-and-south-east-asia/luxury-holiday-oman

  4. What a great post!
    The planet pics from your sister are something I will look at again, and again.
    Send her my thanks.

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