Greetings to all of our Family, Friends and World Explorers, Persia along with it's Ancient History was our destination during November 2014. We traveled the historic paths of middle east camel caravans as well as parts of the Silk Road through the exotic location of Iran!!! We know many friends questioned this choice of travel area, considering the challenges in the Middle East at this time, especially since Iran is located between Iraq & Afganistan, two counties still under extensive military threat and political instability. Throughout history this region has always had major conflict, who among us has not heard the phrase "middle east peace talks" though success in that area seems elusive. Onto our journey.....Flying via Turkish Airlines, we arrived in the capital city of Tehran via Istanbul. Even with the western embargo, we were quite surprised to see a metropolis that is quite modern with many capital improvements, modern roads, plenty of new construction and our accomodations at a luxury five star hotel. Our exploration the following day included the Natonal Museum and the Carpet Museum showcasing masterpieces woven in the weaving centers of Iran. EARLY morning flight to Shiraz (the city where the wine originated) and viewed some of the majestic tile and mosaic Mosque's, one of a dozen that were on our journey. A visit to the ruins of the ancient ( yet most preserved ) city of Persepolis, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire which ruled Persia in 5th. century BC. The Necropolis basreliefs carved into huge rock clifs contained the tombs of three powerful Achaemenian Kings. Majestic and regal are just a few adjectives to describe wandering these ancient ruins. Traveling onto Yazd by motor coach, sadly not by magic flying carpet (though that may have saved on time, fuel cost, dusty desert, driver fatigue, etc.). Visited the five thousand year old villages that were home to the ancient faith community of Zoroastrian, known for their inventive water well and irrigation systems. Motoring northwest through the Iranian desert to Isfahan, this city became our favorite oasis in Iran. The famous stone bridges of this city were highlighted with golden amber lights at night and were all the more spectacular as the Zayandeh Rud River had just begun flowing in the previous week, having been dry for 4-5 years as a dam was being built for elictrical generation and irrigation needs. Back to Tehran for our final days, we were able to visit the Sa'd Museum Complex which contained the elaborate home of the last Shah of Iran, having been deposed during the 1979 revolution. His palace and grounds would rival any regal kingdom's from around the world, his family lived in the height of luxury and spendor. Returning to our homeland, the great old US of A, this journy gave us a very new insight of the country of Iran. The everyday people and families we met along the journey were very genuinly warm and welcoming, each expressing how glad we were visiting their country, inquisitive and friendly as many could fortunately speak English. Our impression of Iran was certainly much different than we expected, surprising us and also encouraging us to return with our friends to this fantastic and exotic place, Persia. Sending our Love to you all and wishing you the genuine warmth and wish of Thank's Giving, your desert camel wanderers.