Western Iran Shapshots

Dan with Iranian Family - Kermanshah, Iran

We apologize for the silence on our blog over the last week. Our travels across Iran, while rich and deeply fulfilling, have teamed up with slow and censored internet, a blistering pace of full days that end late, and an attempt to process it all that feels like a slow drip.Now that we've dispensed with the excuses, we offer a few snapshots of our journey to … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: Golestan Palace – Tehran, Iran

golestan palace

Persia's Qajar dynasty kings knew how to have a good time. (Some may argue that they did so at the expense of their subjects and their country, but that's another matter entirely.)For now, a visual. Take a peek inside the lavishly tiled and ornate Khalvat-e-karimkhani room at Golestan Palace in Tehran, Iran. Imagine Qajar dynasty kings from 200 years ago … [Read more...]

A Flight to Tehran: The Full Story

Boarding Pass to Tehran, Iran

What does it feel like to fly into Iran, to enter the country for the first time? Here’s the story of our flight to Tehran including some things you might expect, and some others you might not.Destination: TEHRAN. I ogle my boarding pass at the departure gate in Istanbul. We bought the tickets months before, all easy enough. So easy in fact that we wondered if … [Read more...]

Panorama of the Week: New Mosque (Yeni Camii), Istanbul

Istanbul mosque

Istanbul's Yeni Camii (New Mosque).  Somehow we'd missed this one during our last visit to Istanbul eleven years ago.Today, while wandering around and outside the streets of Istanbul's spice market looking for a head scarf (for Audrey, not Dan), we stumbled across and into Yeni Camii (New Mosque).  While the outside is rather stark gray, the inner courtyard warmed … [Read more...]