October 5, 2016

We left the hotel at 5am this morning to catch an early flight from the domestic airport to the southern city of Shiraz on the desert plateau, population 1.8 million. The hotel packed this picnic breakfast for us - boiled egg, tomato, cucumber, cream cheese and flat br...

October 4, 2016

We visited the Sa'dabad Complex today.  The Pahlavis moved here in preference to the  Golestan Palace because here there's room to move, space for privacy and many other houses for extended family. Their own huge family compound. The buildings, although called palaces,...

October 4, 2016

Darya-ye Nur (Sea of Light) diamond, part of the Crown Jewels 

Michael Coyne gave an interesting photography talk this morning before we left to walk to the Golestan Palace which I've been looking forward to visiting.

This shoe shine man was working cheerily, sitting fla...

October 2, 2016

Iran or Persia has had over 20 capitals throughout history, not all of them situated in present day Iran. We'll visit Shiraz, Persepolis, Pasargarde, Esfahan.  Tehran has been the capital since 1796 under the Qajar and Pahlavi dynasties. 

Let me give you the quicke...

October 1, 2016

Persian Shahnama manuscript public domain, creator unknown, via Wikimedia Commons - isn't it stunning?

Friday night:       

It's so exciting to be writing to you from Iran at last. It's late on Friday night and we've just arrived at our hotel. I can't wait...

August 28, 2016

 Go> silk and cotton jersey top, Moschino scarf, Marc Cain track pants

Dear travelling buddy,

That headline was on the news.com.au website a couple of weeks ago - I'm hoping it cools off before we arrive on Friday when it's forecast to be thirty-six degrees celsius. I ke...

August 21, 2016

Thank you so much for booking your ticket to come to Iran and Oman with me.  Truly, I'm just thrilled you are. I can't wait to take you on this trip to a country which frankly up until now has never been high on my list of must-sees. Let me explain.....

Alexander the Gr...

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