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The Ancient Civilization of Iran

In April 2010, I had the opportunity to re-visit Iran as part of a tour group out of Hong Kong. Having visited Iran in the 1970's for business, I was anxious to return as a tourist to see the historic sites and the warm people I remembered from my previous business trips.

I was not disappointed. While the US and European countries embargo on Iran has crippled its economy and tourism, I hope that my in-depth coverage of the places visited will inspire others to visit.  What I found was an ancient civilization, rich in culture and in engineering marvels (especially in Yazd) and warm friendly people who are suffering from the embargo against the government and its nuclear program who are experiencing high both double-digit unemployment and inflation.

Milad Tower, Tehran Iran  Takyeh Amir Chakhmagh Complex  in Yazd, Iran  Griffin Sculpture - The Ruins of Persepolis, Persia  Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque - arches of worship hall, Shiraz Iran  The Little Jewel - Esfahan's Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque

I believe that tourism (currently principally limited to Asia) is a vital key to improve international understanding of the country today and an important source of revenue that is badly needed.

Of all my travels, I consider Iran one of the best places I've ever been and strongly recommend it as an important and rewarding destination.

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