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Iran's tourist boards have focused on selling to the tourists places like Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Persopolis and seemed to have neglected their amazing landscape.

I was utterly bewildered and delighted in East Azerbaijan as we drove along the highway from Kandovan to Zanjan. My first TE photo post from Iran was taken along this road. I must have driven our guide/driver to distraction (my wife as well) as I kept exclaiming in delight and surprise every new kilometre, seeing in front of me the colours and shapes of hills, valleys, gorges and plains constantly changing into incredible possibilities.At one stage the landscape seemed sprinkled with glitter and everywhere there sparkled in the sun some glasslike crystals.

I have seen pictures from other parts of the world of places for which hyperbole are used and I can only say that Iran's natural beauty is up there with the best.
If I had the money I would gladly go along the same route tomorrow and instead of trying to take a decent photo through the windscreen, against the sun, while hurtling along at 100-120kph (as I have done here), I would take the time and choose the best vantage point in order to do justice to this inspirational part of the world.

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