Our big night out - Iran style :)
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Reza, Mahdieh and Parsa (Iran)
Reza had to wake Julia and I up from our afternoon nap, as we had predictably managed to fall into a deep sleep! Wiping the wax from my eyes, i stumbled around for a few minutes, before acknowledging that i was in a fit condition to leave the house! Mahdieh packed some food and drinks into the car and with Parsa singing Scooby Doo, Reza pulled the car onto the motorway and we were on our way to nearby Mahan.
With the clocks having gone back an hour earlier in the week, the nights were getting darker earlier and it had only just gone 17.30 when the sun set and the prayer symbolising the end of Ramadan rung from the minarets. Reza and Mahdieh took the chance to consume some much deserved liquid and food, whilst Julia and I went for a look in the Aramgah-e Shah Ne'matollah Vali, a mausoleum for a famous Sufi dervish.
Mahans main tourist draw card is the Bagh-e Shahzde, the former residence of the Qajar Prince Abdul Hamid Mirza. Entering the grounds, a long qanat (water channel) runs down from the Palace and both of these were beautifully lit. As we sat on a tea bed in the cool evening air, traditional music came from within the building, making for a thoroughly relaxing experience. The five of us chatted whilst each devouring an ice cream and sipping on a cup of hot tea.
It seemed a shame to leave, but Reza had a treat in store for us, as he took us to a great little restaurant located on the edge of town, which served up some of the best traditional food in the region. The dish we were served was a mixture of warm aubergines and a sort of creamy dairy product, which is topped with garlic. For dessert, Mahdieh had made something which i thought resembled porridge, and it also tasted very good. By the time we left the cafe, Parsa was already soundly asleep and when we got home the rest of us were eager to join him! It had been a long but thoroughly enjoyable day.