September 16th, 2005 – by: alexchan
The sentiment in this picture is not representative of everyday Iranians.
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I spent my single full day in Tehran (so far) on my feet visiting museums and other sights by metro and taxi. I visited the former US embassy where the Americans plotted (and succeeded) in overthrowing the Prime Minister in 1953 in order to protect the Shah. It is better known as the site where American hostages were kept for over a year.
Then I stumbled on this while looking for the Armenian Cathedral. Lucky enough to catch Mass in action at the Cathedral. Iran is home to many Armenians; some had escaped here to avoid Soviet rule and the Turkish genocide.
While in Tehran, I stayed at the simple but delightful Naderi Hotel near my favourite street … Manoocherie St which is full of antique shops. Also a couple of bakeries offering freshly-baked barbary (flat bread) … absolutely delicious and that’s saying something as I don’t normally like bread.
Oh, in keeping with the modesty standards there are no urinals in male toilets. Quite frustrating as there’s always a queue! Gotta cut down on the alcohol-free beer ... due to the heat, I end up walking around town with a tinny in my hand; I feel oh so naughty. There’s now a choice of internationally-renowned brands like Tuborg and Efes.