Personal Thoughts Somewhere in Iran

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Looking at the locals, living in a restrictive regime where self-expression and the free propagation of ideas is not exactly what you would be inclined to do, I’m wondering how many live for a dream and what is that dream? Travelling through tens of countries from Bangladesh to Japan and … Continue Reading

The Iranian Crown Jewels, a Collection that Impressed the Monarchs of the World

The crown above was made by Van Cleef & Arpels in 1967 for Farah Pahlavi, it is made of platinum, gold and around 1500 diamonds, 36 emeralds, 105 pearls, 34 rubies.   The Treasury of the National Jewels is located in The Central Bank of Iran and is only opened to public for around two hours … Continue Reading

From Kashan to Isfahan – Thoughts on the Road

Real Iran is not something you read about on the Internet. It is not just landmarks and a few historical dates. It is a country with ups and downs, with people having the same life phases, worries, hopes and dream, like you and me. Like any other country. This is where we fail in connecting … Continue Reading

Afternoon at the Fin Gardens, the Historical Persian Gardens of Kashan

Do you like scarves? The Fin Gardens (Bagh-e Fin in Farsi) in Kashan are historical Persian gardens, witnessing the rise and fall of empires, assassinations and celebrations. Built by the Safavid Shah Abbas I and developed by Shah Abbas II, the gardens are a great place to spend time walking through the numerous cypress trees … Continue Reading

Negin Traditional Hotel in Kashan

During the golden days of the Silk Road there were around 1000 caravanserais offering free hospitality for the merchants crossing the mountains and deserts with their products. One of these is where we will stay tonight. We find out there is good quality flower juice in Kashan and, indeed, we are welcomed with cold rose … Continue Reading

The Towers of Tehran

Tehran is a wonderful city nesting under the heights of Elborz Mountains which are visible from many parts of the city that is one of the biggest in the whole region. When the weather is good and the skies are clear, between the buildings of Tehran, on top of wide boulevards rise huge cliffs clothed … Continue Reading

Abyaneh, 2500 Years of History and a Population of 301

Abyaneh is a village looking like a living museum, preserving culture and history. It is located one hour away from Kashan in the Southern direction. At an elevation of 2200 meters it concentrates a history of 2500 years and has a population of 301 people only.   Abyaneh has its own dialect, traditional ceremonies and … Continue Reading