Friday, August 22, 2008

Sometimes the best adventures are in your own back yard.

To make a holiday of lifetime you don't need to have a holiday abroad. On a journey from Tehran (capital city) to north east, we past through a lot of cities, as we traveled by car, it gave us the freedom to go as we pleased, so we drifted along North, Ardebil, and Tabriz.
Passing through Rasht, I enjoyed watching the Caspian sea and the coniferous forest and also smelling the rich fragrance of rice planted in flooded paddy fields and feel happy getting back to nature , but we were not for unwinding trips, we didn't spend a long time there.
We had a night stopover in Astara and as we preferred a self-catering accommodation, we stayed the night in a nice chalet. The next morning, I spent some hours wandering around the Bazaar, because a friend, who had had a journey to Astara one week before our journey, had recommended me. Unfortunately I spent a fortune on fake make up stuffs, which made me feel really naïve and angry with the unscrupulous shopkeeper.
Unfortunately Ardebil was as scorching as Tehran, which we really didn't expect. So after sightseeing we left there hopping have a cooler time in the historic spa town, Sarein, All I saw there were bathrooms, health spas, and shops. Most of the shops were selling traditional yoghurt soup which just contained yoghurt, leek, chickpea, and rice but worth to try, because it was a complete new taste for me, but again I was disappointed with unprincipled and opportunistic landlords who wanted to take advantages of full hotels and inns and overcharge tourists and travelers by accommodation prices, a dirty room with no facility cost about fifty five dollars per night!
Tabriz Bazaar's one of the oldest and biggest traditional bazaars with the aroma of herbal remedies in most parts, which attracts a lot of tourists. The city had a highly qualified tourism sector which helped us visit it without any problem and also obliging people who really liked to help tourists know the city more and fined ancient monuments easily.
If I have the chance of getting around these cities once more, I like to have a trip to Tabriz and go sightseeing.