Category: Iran

Photo of the Day: Stanito in Esfahan

Dear Reader, One of the best benefits of traveling in company is that casually your travel buddies are excellent photographers. My friend Lichix took this photo of me in Esfahan while visiting the stunning Masjed-e Jameh Mosque, the biggest mosque in Iran and the pioneer of Islamic architecture. With this […]

Did you know…

that Pijama is a Persian word? Dear Reader, Discovering origins can really surprise us, just like when the Romans invented the bikini or else they took and made it famous (we Italians are known for taking existing inventions and improve them, like coffee, pizza and pasta, no argument on […]

Be a Local, not a Tourist

Dear Reader, if you enjoy my adventures and follow my blog, it is probably because you and I share the same travel style. We don’t behave like common “tourists” but rather like “travellers” who walk a lot and enjoy a place like locals do. For this post I’m […]

Did you know…

… Paradise is a Persian word? Dear Reader, Paradise is Persian. An old Persian word that comes from an Old Iranian *pardis- “walled enclosure”. By around the sixth century though, Persians started to associate the idea of Paradise with cooling and refreshing gardens due to the obvious high summer […]

Bright Lights

Dear Reader, one of the things that I found amusing in Iran is that almost all the signs of shops, hotels, bars, restaurants, are super lit up with neon-lit signs. Traditional towns such as Yazd become incredibly cheerful at night time…

Persian Peacock Domes

Dear Reader, This picture portrays what I found to be the most beautiful mosque dome I have ever seen: the peacock dome of the Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, in Esfahan, Iran.   So beautiful and wonderfully coloured, I think is one of the domes I spent more time staring […]

Inside Iran, land of contrasts

Dear Reader, I traveled to Iran because I wanted to see if the conflictive view most people get from the outside is accurate or real. As it pleasantly turned out, in many ways it is not. Iran is a conflicted place, a misunderstood destination, a cradle of culture, a […]