Because of its remote location in the mountains, however, travel to Parsa was almost impossible during the rainy season of the Persian winter when paths turned to mud and so the city was used mainly in the spring and summer warmer seasons.
There were two doors, one to the south which opened to the Apadana yard and the other opening onto a winding road to the east.
Pivoting devices found on the inner corners of all the doors indicate that they were two-leafed doors, probably made of wood and covered with sheets of ornate metal.
This grand, dual entrance to the palace, known as the Persepolitan stairway, was a masterpiece of symmetry on the western side of the building and the steps were so wide that Persian royalty and those of noble birth could ascend or descend the stairs by horseback, thereby not having to touch the ground with their feet.
The top of the stairways led to a small yard in the north-eastern side of the terrace, opposite the Gate of all Nations.
At her lowest point, she found herself living on Vienna's streets for two months in midwinter – something she didn't confess to her parents ("it would have destroyed them") until a decade afterwards.