Iran

One day in Isfahan (part 2)

[ Jun.1999 ] In Isfahan, the ancient capital in Iran, we walked towards Vank Church from our hotel after lunch. On the way, we came across a carpet shop. I popped in just to see…

Daran

Buying a saddlebag from a Bakhtiari family

[ Jun.1999 ] We had a long drive in the hilly terrain from Daran, a small town in Iran to the area called Marboreh. On the way, there was a dam and we were checked…

Kashgar

Enjoyed Kashgar one more day

[ Sept.1996 ] On the third day in Kashgar in the western part in Xinjiang in China, we rented a bicycle and went to Afaq Khoja Mausoleum. I struggled to pedal on the slope with…

Kashgar

The exciting bazaar in Kashgar

[ Sept.1996 ] The bazaar in Kashgar, the town in the western part of Xinjiang in China is genuine. In Turpan a few days before, I had been disappointed at their bazaar, so this time…

Urumchi

A great time at the market in Urumchi

[ Sept.2020 ] We went to Urumchi by bus from Turpan in China. Again the bus was a clunker and it took about 5 hours. On the way, I saw the scar from the flood…

Lanzhou

The market full of vitality in Lanzhou

[ Sept.1996 ] Coming back from Xiahe in Gansu province in China, which was a completely another world, we stayed in a hotel called Yinbin Hotel in Lanzhou which cost 140 yuan ($1 = 8.28…

China

Meeting Sani people in Shilin

[ Aug.1996 ] After sightseeing in Shilin National Park in China, we moved to the village of the Sani people who guided us as promised. The singing woman’s house was a small general shop. They…

St Ives

The changeable weather in St Ives

[ Aug.2019 ] We stayed at Poldhu Guest House in St Ives in Cornwall, the south western end of England. Because we decided to come to St Ives quite late, when we tried booking a…