Isfahan city is around 340 km south of Tehran - this city has enjoyed almost 700 years of glory and fortune

Isfahan city is around 340 km south of Tehran - this city has enjoyed almost 700 years of glory and fortune

Buses parked at the Bagh-e-Goldaste Street - this is where buses go to different parts of the city

Buses parked at the Bagh-e-Goldaste Street - this is where buses go to different parts of the city

Area beside the Isfahan Municipality building - it was well manicured and looked after

Area beside the Isfahan Municipality building - it was well manicured and looked after

The Isfahan Municipality building can be seen in the background with the pot laden with flowers in the middle of winter

The Isfahan Municipality building can be seen in the background with the pot laden with flowers in the middle of winter

Road in front of the Isfahan Municipality building - this street seems to be busy all the time

Road in front of the Isfahan Municipality building - this street seems to be busy all the time

A street in front of the Melli Bank Iran (National Bank of Iran) - I went inside the bank to exchange money but they couldn't accept Euros due to the American sanctions

A street in front of the Melli Bank Iran (National Bank of Iran) - I went inside the bank to exchange money but they couldn't accept Euros due to the American sanctions

A small shop where one could rent a bicycle to see the city on two wheels

A small shop where one could rent a bicycle to see the city on two wheels

Here Sepah Street ends at the Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Here Sepah Street ends at the Naqsh-e Jahan Square

I was surprised to see how many bags were loaded at the top of this car but even inside was full

I was surprised to see how many bags were loaded at the top of this car but even inside was full

A craftsman working outside his shop at the Sepah Street

A craftsman working outside his shop at the Sepah Street

Isfahan is a heaven for antique hunters or someone who would like to have traditional handicrafts

Isfahan is a heaven for antique hunters or someone who would like to have traditional handicrafts

Two ladies walking inside the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan - this old bazaar dates back to the 11th century of the Seleucid era

Two ladies walking inside the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan - this old bazaar dates back to the 11th century of the Seleucid era

Colourful and beautifully designed Persian tiles on display outside a shop

Colourful and beautifully designed Persian tiles on display outside a shop

A florist is working outside his shop on the footpath

A florist is working outside his shop on the footpath

An unorganised carpenter's worksop on the main street

An unorganised carpenter's worksop on the main street

A furniture making factory with lots of open space in it's yard

A furniture making factory with lots of open space in it's yard

This bank was open while workers were carrying out some renovation work - I tried to exchange the money here but no luck

This bank was open while workers were carrying out some renovation work - I tried to exchange the money here but no luck

Busy morning at the bread making shop - most of the Iranians buy their bread from the shops rather than make their own

Busy morning at the bread making shop - most of the Iranians buy their bread from the shops rather than make their own

Local bread for sale at another shop but it wasn't busy as compared to the previous one

Local bread for sale at another shop but it wasn't busy as compared to the previous one

A fruit & vegetable shop - it was amazing to see the fresh quality of the produce

A fruit & vegetable shop - it was amazing to see the fresh quality of the produce

Shop keepers are having fun at the Majlesi Street, close to the Imam Ali Square

Shop keepers are having fun at the Majlesi Street, close to the Imam Ali Square

A bakery selling yummy looking sweets and cakes

A bakery selling yummy looking sweets and cakes

Isfahan was a very important city on the ancient Silk Route and it enjoyed the wealth and the different products from all over the world

Isfahan was a very important city on the ancient Silk Route and it enjoyed the wealth and the different products from all over the world

Spices on display at the front of a shop - maybe, centuries earlier, traders displayed their products the same way

Spices on display at the front of a shop - maybe, centuries earlier, traders displayed their products the same way

When I passed on this stretch of the road, this small bird was making lots of noise

When I passed on this stretch of the road, this small bird was making lots of noise

It soon became clear that it was communicating to these birds, which were few meters away in their cages

It soon became clear that it was communicating to these birds, which were few meters away in their cages

An underpass at the Majlesi Street - the traffic was moving really fast here

An underpass at the Majlesi Street - the traffic was moving really fast here

An open Area next to the Imam Ali Square - in the background, dome and minarets of the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan can be seen

An open Area next to the Imam Ali Square - in the background, dome and minarets of the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan can be seen

A section of the Grand Bazaar (the oldest part of the bazaar in Isfahan) with the Dome of Taj al-Molk in the background

A section of the Grand Bazaar (the oldest part of the bazaar in Isfahan) with the Dome of Taj al-Molk in the background

A remote control repair shop or maybe a sale shop for the second hand remote controls

A remote control repair shop or maybe a sale shop for the second hand remote controls

A local woman is buying vegetables at a shop

A local woman is buying vegetables at a shop

I took a small street from the Imam Ali Square to reach my next destination in Isfahan

I took a small street from the Imam Ali Square to reach my next destination in Isfahan

This area was surrounded by the old buildings which point to the fact that this was the part of old Isfahan

This area was surrounded by the old buildings which point to the fact that this was the part of old Isfahan

A makeshift car park surrounded by the old ruins

A makeshift car park surrounded by the old ruins

A central fountain in the Kamal Park - the design of these structure is typical of the Safavid architecture

A central fountain in the Kamal Park - the design of these structure is typical of the Safavid architecture

This park offered an open air exercise services to the locals

This park offered an open air exercise services to the locals

A sculpture is created with the help of plants and it resembles to a pea-hen

A sculpture is created with the help of plants and it resembles to a pea-hen

A bread making shop at the Kocha Minar Sarban

A bread making shop at the Kocha Minar Sarban

A house has displayed some of it's religious artifacts - I managed to see them through an open window

A house has displayed some of it's religious artifacts - I managed to see them through an open window

Two guys sitting in front of a fruit shop and one of the main products they were selling was watermelon and Isfahan is known for its' delicious watermelons

Two guys sitting in front of a fruit shop and one of the main products they were selling was watermelon and Isfahan is known for its' delicious watermelons

Now, all of sudden both guys look very happy that I was taking their photo

Now, all of sudden both guys look very happy that I was taking their photo

This street was full of dry fruit shops ( I can't remember the name though)

This street was full of dry fruit shops ( I can't remember the name though)

On two evenings, I went to the Zayandeh River and I passed beisde this sign where Palestine & Junction are spelt incorrectly

On two evenings, I went to the Zayandeh River and I passed beisde this sign where Palestine & Junction are spelt incorrectly

A shop selling safes at Ferdowsi Street, locally it is known as Khayaban-e Ferdowsi

A shop selling safes at Ferdowsi Street, locally it is known as Khayaban-e Ferdowsi

Ferdowsi Street starts from the Palestine Junctions (clos to the bus station) and goes all the way to the Zayandeh River

Ferdowsi Street starts from the Palestine Junctions (clos to the bus station) and goes all the way to the Zayandeh River

From outside, it looks like an apartment building but it houses shops on some of it's floors

From outside, it looks like an apartment building but it houses shops on some of it's floors

These walks were one of the best I enjoyed after the banks of the River Zayandeh

These walks were one of the best I enjoyed after the banks of the River Zayandeh

Traffic at the Kamal Esmaeel Street approaching the junction of Ferdowsi Street

Traffic at the Kamal Esmaeel Street approaching the junction of Ferdowsi Street

An organised mahem at the junction of the two streets, on the river banks

An organised mahem at the junction of the two streets, on the river banks

Two police bicycles parked at the banks of the river - I took this photo and it landed me almost in trouble

Two police bicycles parked at the banks of the river - I took this photo and it landed me almost in trouble

A sculpture on the banks of the River Zayandeh with one of it's bridges in the background

A sculpture on the banks of the River Zayandeh with one of it's bridges in the background

A local enjoying his smoke at the banks of the river

A local enjoying his smoke at the banks of the river

Three girls walking on the banks of the river with the Khaju Bridge in the background

Three girls walking on the banks of the river with the Khaju Bridge in the background

Isfahani people enjoying their picnic beside the river banks

Isfahani people enjoying their picnic beside the river banks

A children's playing area, on the river bank

A children's playing area, on the river bank

Locals flock to this part of Isfahan in evening to enjoy fresh breeze

Locals flock to this part of Isfahan in evening to enjoy fresh breeze

I saw these two guys playing table tennis while walking on the river banks in the evening

I saw these two guys playing table tennis while walking on the river banks in the evening

On my way back to hotel, Ferdowsi Street was lit with the lights

On my way back to hotel, Ferdowsi Street was lit with the lights

Apple's phone store on Ferdowsi Street and phones were placed inside beautiful cases

Apple's phone store on Ferdowsi Street and phones were placed inside beautiful cases

A fresh juice shop on the street, I decided to take a chance on their product and I was delighted with the quality

A fresh juice shop on the street, I decided to take a chance on their product and I was delighted with the quality

Even though Iran had economic sanctions but it's economy was still thriving

Even though Iran had economic sanctions but it's economy was still thriving

Plaestine Junction at night, this is where I take right turn to go to the hotel

Plaestine Junction at night, this is where I take right turn to go to the hotel

Following morning, I was standing beside this shop and waiting for taxi to bring me to the bus station

Following morning, I was standing beside this shop and waiting for taxi to bring me to the bus station