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 […]