There are no pubs in Tehran so everyone hangs out in coffee shops .
Traffic in Tehran
Ski in ski out hotel north of Tehran. Apparently the Shah used stay here
The green party in Iran is the anti-government party. Here are some government smear posters against them.
Apperently they are afraid of jews shooting nucluer bullets at them
And america are playing them like pawns
Posters of the cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr executed by Saudi’s were all over Tehran.
American embassy in Tehran
A slightly bloodier poster. An in true iranian style the saudi embassy was stormed.
The Azadi tower
This is the street the british embassy is on. After the revolution it was changed from Winston Churchill street to Babisandz street. We think the misspelling is to maintain plausible deniability
More murials of the supreme leaders and some martyrs
Pictures of matyrs and the supreme leaders cover the country
The hijab laws extend to both men and women. Meaning men have to wear trousers. We observed the law until cycling in the desert got just too hot and we had to change on the side of the road.
Only two days after skiing north of Iran we were in the desert. and you can see the smog covering the city.
Long shadows after cycling late into the evening
Camping under an old persian bridge
Most Iranian sit cross legged on these raised platforms when eating
We got invited in to stay in what was becoming a tourist house and campsite
Large “friday mosques’ are being built in all cities
Mosque in Kashan
Dome in a historic house in Kashan
Finding this historic hotel at half price in off season was a deal too good to turn down
Great spot to read your book
Nice visiting a UNESCO heritage site sharing your name
Recently the iranian government has instituted a 6 euro (200,000 rial) entry price to most tourist locations. But if you can read farsi you can see beside the 200,000 rial price is 30,000 ( 1 euro) price for iranians. Pretty cheeky, but we often haggled a bargain out of them.
Originally each of these fountains shot up the same height, maintained purely by the natural pressure of the entering water.
Far away mountains seem nice and manageable
less so the closer you get
After cycling down this lovely road we stopped and realised i had taken a wrong turn and we would need to turn around and go the whole way back up. Whoops.
Clearing the road of debris
Mosque at Natanz, right beside the Nuclear enrichment site. The gaurds were very suspect of us passing the site until we said we were going to Natanz, after which they beamed with smiles and said it was lovely.
More crazy domes
Our campsite seemed pretty interesting to a police hilux that drove up to have a look at us
Chadors are the dress of choice outside cities
Shah mosque in Esfahan
When this school group walked in and saw hugo they swamped him all crowding around to get selfies. Very quickly the mullahs corralled them away from the infidels
Mullahs with selfie sticks
At the Friday mosque in Esfahan
There an elephant strangling someone in this painting
Iranian take their confection seriously
Richie smushing his first Ab Ghoust
Relaxing after an Icecream
We were pretty excited approaching Persoplis
The original gates all guest would have walked through
One of these would have been placed on top of each pillar and a rafter ran over it.
Even though the complex was burned to the ground by Alexander the great. It was later buried under sand preserving it excellently.
The new year consuming the previous
Guest from around the empire being lead to the King.
The Faravahar symbol of the zoroastrian religion, hugely important for iranian identity.
OUr best attept at an album cover
Bastani is iranian icecream and in the south they make it with gelatine and it’s one of the best things we’ve tried all trip
Tombs of Kings of the persian empire. I can’r remeber but Xerxes from 300 might be there.
The founder of the entire Persian empire Cyrus the Great’s tomb. We were asked by the tour guide who was Irelands Cyrus the great
A bridge in Esfahan
Inside a bridge in Esfahan
After our first day climbing Richie thought the climb would never end
But then it did
Cycling down hill to have a warmer campsite had us cycling into the night.
Kerman is our last stop on the bikes in Iran
Beware of camals
Police waved us over, not to check visas or anything but just to see whats going on and get some pictures with us.
Hot in the desert
Last pic of Hugo and his Daesh beard
I got caught in a swarm of chadored women very hard to get out of.
Can’t go to a persian garden without taking a picture of the dome
Persian gardens are a nice break from hectic Iranian cities
Richie, Julie and France at a Zorastrian fire temple
Richie and Zorastor himself
View from our hostel roof in Yazd
There’s a huge amount of littering all across Iran. These are what we call plastic bag farms, nearly ready for harvest
Spiderman making his morning coffee
We could cycle ooor we could throw rocks for another half an hour
How did this pine cone end up in the desert.
Luckily or unlucky we didn’t come across any
Nearly finished cycling for the day
We found this house in the middle of nowhere, thought there might be bathroom we could use
One of the worse bathrooms on the trip
All the camping spots are kind of the same in the desert.
When it rains it pours, punctures for all.
After patching this puncture I found out it went through to the other side and had cause a second puncture.
My bike is somewhere in there being repaired by the local electrician.
A shot of the villagers who came out to help me find my stolen light. This is about a third of the total charcters who made an apearence over the course of the afternoon. The secret police refused to have their pictures taken for obvious reasons.
You could pick up these huge mud bricks and throw them around. Throwing things around the desert is one of the best ways to stay sane.
The camals were a bit camera shy
Pistachio bush or tree
Sun setting on our way into Kerman
The start of the armed escorts
After cycling out of the iranian border town we were stopped at the first checkpoint. After we spent the whole day in escorts only to get to the border too late, we were pretty forceful explaining we had to get to the border. It was all well humoured and after marching around yelling and waving our hand a truck arrived and took us on our way.
Iranian Border with Pakistan in the distance
After the myriad of iranian offices, customs buildings and security measures we walked across the border in to the desert. There was nothing. We were lead over to one small mud building processed to all the incoming and exiting traffic.