One of the most interesting places I have visited is Meibod in Yazd Province. The remnants of an old castle, Narin, from the Mede period is astonishing. It reminded me of Arg-e Bam, which I never got to see. There is something about this castle, the colour of soil, that reconnects me with earth. Going around the castle and marveling at its beauty and longevity, I kept remembering Eslami Nodushan’s words: on this side of the planet, we have a special connection with earth (soil).
The connection with earth was reinforced for me through the amazing pottery; such beautiful motifs and colors. There were quite a few shops selling them; in some, we could see the artists at work in the back. Later, I saw similar pieces in markets in Shiraz and Tehran for at least ten times the price.
The list of things to see is very long: an old mud-brick refrigerator, old inns, and a pigeon-tower. It was the first time I saw a tower made for pigeons: this was apparently for protection of the birds and production of natural fertilizers. Isn’t that remarkable?