Stefan Sienell - Cultural April 2016

Stefan feeling proud of himself having just bought stamps all by himself from the post office. 

Stefan feeling proud of himself having just bought stamps all by himself from the post office. 

"I had been to Iran in 2009 for the first time and missed unfortunately Persopolis and Shiraz on that occasion as that trip had different spots. So there was no doubt to take the opportunity to join Shirin’s group visiting these two amazing places and see the other places as well again like Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan and Yazd to see what has changed within the last seven years.

 We were surprised how easy it is to step into contact with the people down there. Everyone was so nice and welcomed us just by saying “Hello”. The Iranian people are friendly and helpful, which we found out, when we had some time on ourselves to explore Tehran on our own the last day, when we had already been really familiar with the idea of feeling free to visit the Bazar without the “protection” of the group and Shirin and our guide on our side.

Taking it all in at Persopolis 

Taking it all in at Persopolis 

 We made wonderful experiences and can only recommend everyone to go there and collect own experiences. Shirin and our local guide prepared a perfect mixture between sightseeing and some relaxed times in one of the world heritage gardens we have visited – and also a wide bandwidth of places where to eat, like some touristic restaurants on the one hand and some tiny nearly private locations where grandma did the cooking on the other hand. Due to our rather small group of some 12-15 people we had easily the chance to visit these tiny places, too.

Thanks to Shirin who is an adorable person and was the soul of the group.”

Stefan Sienell

                                                                                                    Austria

Inside Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan

Inside Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan