Apr

22

 Just got to Esfahan today. A lot of tourists, mostly Europeans. Hotels are very full here. I read somewhere that Americans can not come into Iran individually, they must join some kind of a group.

In general, hotels in Iran are quite expensive: $70 and above for a 3-star hotel. Condition is not too bad but for the money there are much better hotels in other parts of the world. And no popular booking sites serve for Iran hotels due to sanctions. One almost has to call individual hotels to book. Or one may work with an agency which then works with another agency etc to book hotels. Difficult.

Surprisingly, women in Iran are very lively.

People aren't poor. There are many cars on the streets. Most cars are of old or unknown models. But there are newer Japanese or European cars.

Roads and sidewalks are in very good conditions.

Commerce, particularly in the form of bazaars, are quite extensive. Artworks are wonderful.

Larry Williams writes: 

I've spent a lot of time there. It is a repressed society, and two faced. Most want to get out. I brought out an entire family that are now good hard working thankful Americans. Sure, it's a nice place to visit (we were tailed by secret police (not so secret) most places we went. Arrested a few times and detained…long story. Too bad it is not Persia any more. Unliberated. The Gummint hates Americans. The people, I found, loved us.


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