Writing Contest Endorsed By Hollywood Celebrity Looking For Diverse Travel Stories From All Cultures

Page Turner Awards believes that talented travel writers can come from any background, age, race, religion, or interest. Men, women and young adult travel writers, are invited to enter their fascinating stories of interesting life experiences into the 2022 awards. In particular, the awards judging panel is keen to discover unique voices from diverse cultures around the world. For the 2021 awards,Continue reading “Writing Contest Endorsed By Hollywood Celebrity Looking For Diverse Travel Stories From All Cultures”

An announcement!

Travel editor, Zara Sekhavati from London, was announced as the Writing Mentorship Award winner in the Page Turner Awards. This was announced at a glittering online ceremony, where Paul Michael Glaser, from Starsky and Hutch fame, was a special guest to announce the winners. The Page Turner Awards, sponsored by ProWritingAid and Campfire, offers authors, writers,Continue reading “An announcement!”

The Best Museums in Tehran

Many visitors skip Tehran and head immediately to enjoy the ancient city of Yazd or a stroll around the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan, but the capital of Iran is home to a plethora of attractions. Coined “the city of museums”, here are the best of Tehran’s sprawling list. The National Jewellery Treasury The NationalContinue reading “The Best Museums in Tehran”

Reminiscing about Iran

Watching Samira Ahmed’s Art of Persia television series on BBC Four has been an utter delight. Not just to learn more about the history of Persia and the incredible impact the empire has had on the world and today, but it has taken me back to so many pleasant memories of Iran. I look backContinue reading “Reminiscing about Iran”

The Best Festivals in Iran

Festivals in Iran are a fantastic way to be immersed in Persian culture and a wonderful way to meet friendly locals. From celebrating the New Year to the end of Ramadan, here a handful of festivals to put in your diary. Nowruz  Nowruz, the Persian New Year literally translates as ‘new day’. A lot ofContinue reading “The Best Festivals in Iran”

The Rice Dishes of Iran

Rice is simply the centrepiece of any meal in Iran. Shovelled out of the pan, endless tall pyramids of fluffy grains stand tall for the table. Fiery strands of saffron may appear while specks of pale green broad beans pepper another. These are the different types of popular rice dishes in Iran.  Sholeh Zard NotContinue reading “The Rice Dishes of Iran”

The Traditional Musical Instruments of Iran

Music is embedded into the Iranian nation. Played in restaurants, at weddings and occasionally in the street, the sweet sound of Persian music rings through the country. Iran’s history with music is long-lived. Dating back to the Elamite era, 800 BCE, the music of Iran has always been a firm form of expression. Although IranContinue reading “The Traditional Musical Instruments of Iran”

The Door to a Lesser Side of Iran

“We don’t just have Muslims and mosques in Iran,” grins my guide, Saeed, revealing the gaps in his teeth and a deep river of wrinkles around his mouth. His dark grey shirt clings to his body in the blaze of overwhelming heat as he pushes open the time-worn door of the Vank Cathedral.  It standsContinue reading “The Door to a Lesser Side of Iran”

The Persian Picnic

Tap, tap, tap, clink, clink, clink. Coppersmiths and metalworkers chip away at their material of choice in the Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Esfahan. The trickling sound of black tea emerges, hot and steaming from a traditional samovar. The call to prayer roars through the dusty streets of Mashhad followed by scurries of worshippers making theirContinue reading “The Persian Picnic”