With Kashan ending my trip to Iran

With my trip to Iran coming close to the end, I made a stop in Kashan between Isfahan and Tehran. Arriving after a 3-hour bus ride, I was approached by a taxi driver named Abos who quoted a price of 80,000 rials (2.40 USD) to take me to the hotel. This was a bit lower than the prices listed on the web, so right away I knew he was an honest driver. I would get his contact info and hire him for a day trip outside of town a few days later.

I stayed in Morshedi House, a small and picturesque traditional house. I think I was the only guest there during my 4-night stay.

Morshedi House in Kashan, Iran

Morshedi House in Kashan, Iran

Morshedi House in Kashan, Iran

The heat in the city was brutal, and I would stay in the comfort and protection of my air-conditioned room during the noon and early afternoon. In one of those afternoons, the hotel staff kindly brought me tea and dates.

Tea and dates, Morshedi House in Kashan, Iran

Kashan is known for its traditional houses. There are a few of them but I only visited one: Tabatabaei House. The architecture inside was stunning.

Tabatabaei House in Kashan, Iran

Tabatabaei House in Kashan, Iran

Tabatabaei House in Kashan, Iran

Tabatabaei House in Kashan, Iran

I also visited Abbasi House, but only for dinner. Some big event with locals was going on that day.

Abbasi House in Kashan, Iran

I really liked the Agha Bozorg Mosque, especially during sunset.

Agha Bozorg Mosque in Kashan, Iran

Agha Bozorg Mosque in Kashan, Iran

Agha Bozorg Mosque in Kashan, Iran

A kid at Agha Bozorg Mosque in Kashan, Iran

My first visit to the Kashan Bazaar was a disappointment. The guidebook stated that it closed from around noon and reopened at 5pm. When I got there at 5:3opm all the shops were still closed. I returned the next day at 6pm. Only a few of the shops were open this time. I talked to Mohammad (who worked at a shoe store) for a while and he told me that shops would start reopening around 6:30pm. He also introduced me to Ahmad, who worked in the bakery across the alley.

They were extremely friendly and curious about me, while not trying to sell me anything. The bazaar came alive after 6:30pm, and it would only stay open until 8pm, when it was time to break the Ramadan fast.

Ahmad, who works at a bakery in Bazaar of Kashan

Bazaar of Kashan, Iran

Bazaar of Kashan, Iran

Bazaar of Kashan, Iran

I also met very friendly people elsewhere on the streets. While walking by a fruit stand, I was given a free peach. It was so good that I ended up buying a bunch.

 

Two young Iranians working at a fruit shot in Kashan