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 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”

Best UNESCO Heritage Sites in Iran

With a growing list of over twenty UNESCO Heritage Sites, there are a range of landmarks to discover in Iran. You can walk around majestic ancient ruins or soak up the rich history of the Qajar dynasty to name a few. Here is a guide to the five best UNESCO spots in Iran for someContinue reading “Best UNESCO Heritage Sites in Iran”

The Best Bazaars in Iran

The labyrinth of a bazaar is a riot for the senses. The smells catch your nostrils, the sounds tingle your eardrum and the tastes can take you to a place you’ve never discovered before. Iran is home to hundreds of sprawling bazaars, with each direction taking you on a different pathway and a different experience.Continue reading “The Best Bazaars in Iran”

The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque – مسجد شیخ لطف الله

The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Esfahan is an impressive piece of architecture. Located on the Nasqh-e Jahan Square, the mosque is something not to be missed. Built between 1602 and 1619 during the reign of Shah Abbas I, it was later given to the ruler’s father-in-law, Sheikh Lotfollah, a scholar of Islam from Lebanon. TheContinue reading “The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque – مسجد شیخ لطف الله”

The Naqsh-e Jahan square میدان نقش جهان – Essential for any Itinerary in Iran

Esfahan is my favourite city in Iran. Grand, majestic and alluring. It is so appealing as it is so very green in comparison to other drier areas of the country like Mashhad. Esfahan has a certain charm and appeal that is hard to find elsewhere in Iran. It is a favourite destination for tourists and indeedContinue reading “The Naqsh-e Jahan square میدان نقش جهان – Essential for any Itinerary in Iran”