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Chehel Sotoun (also Chehel Sotoon, Persian: چهل ستون) is a pavilion in the middle of a park at the far end of a long pool, in Isfahan, Iran, built by Shah Abbas II to be used for the Shah's entertainment and receptions. In this palace, Shah Abbas II and his successors would receive dignitaries and ambassadors, either on the terrace or in one of the stately reception halls.
The Apadana (Persian: آپادانا) is the name of the great audience hall at Persepolis. It belongs to the oldest building phase of the city, built during the first half of the 5th century BC as part of the original design by Darius the Great, its construction completed by Xerxes I.
I've always said that one day I would like to go back to visit. I don't know if that will ever happen, but it would be an awesome experience. I believe it would be a sense of deja vu. A feeling of familiarity along with shock over the difference in culture. Like going home to another planet. When I think about it, I have a strong desire to learn more about the history and the culture. I know that if I don't do that now to pass on to my kids, then it will eventually be lost. They are one quarter Iranian and know their 'Iranian American' grandpa. But the further down the generations we get - the further they will grow from that original heritage. I won't forget though. And I hope that I can someday get enough of it recorded so that MY great great great grandkids will know it too.
But when it does happen I'm sure they wished it could have happened to a pot of steamed broccoli instead of fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.
It's cloudy and rainy here. Yesterday we tore out our dead garden and Tim mowed the lawns for hopefully the last time before next spring. I've been battling a cold all week. One that resulted in me kind of losing my voice. It's back now, but the cold seems to be lingering. I'm behind on all my housework and that makes me feel out of place and disorganized and lost. No time to do it now though. It's sunday and that means we are working. So now I'm just waiting for all the kids to get their crap together so that we can go to work. Here's to a new week ... hopefully one that feels constructive and meaningful.