Abarqu

A random but rather good stopover between Eghlid and Caravanserai Zein-o-din in central Iran, home to a stunning mosque and other interesting sights. The Jameh Mosque pretty new, the tiles are only two years old. This huge cone is an ice house, filled during the winter months to provide ice through the spring and summer…

Eghlid

The drive to Eghlid from Kahran was rather nice… There isn’t much in Eghlid, a small Iranian town. It was an evening stopover, but offered enough sights to interest for a few hours, including a surprising amount of street art. The main mosque is rather attractive. It is also a shrine to 200 martyrs of…

Ghalat and Kahran

Heading on from Shiraz we had a complete change of scene and scenery heading north into the mountains. Ghalat was an abandoned village that has been reclaimed by locals seeking freedom away from the cities, to picnic and relax by the river. Many of the buildings are in a state of disrepair, but new buildings…

Iranian food

Iran is famous for it’s food culture, though it’s not particularly common to find overseas. Meat is a constant theme, particularly lamb, and they have a very sweet tooth when it comes to desserts. Vegetarians need to prepare themselves to eat a lot of egg plant and aubergine on their travels, options are limited. The…

Naqsh-e Rostam

Relatively smaller but a far more impactful experience for me than Persepolis, helped by not knowing anything about it. It was quite a sight to head down the road from Persepolis to find four huge cross shaped tombs belonging to Artaxerxes I, Darius I, Darius II, and Xerxes I, carved into the hillside above. Originally…

Persepolis

The name alone is hugely evocative, from the era of four Greats – Cyrus, Darius, Xerxes, and Alexander (who burnt it to the ground). Persepolis was one of the great wonders of the world, an epic collection of palaces only occupied during spring (represented by the lion eating the bull, representing spring devouring winter). The…

Ali Ibn Hamzeh Holy Shrine (Mirror Mosque), Shiraz

I had a rare jaw dropping moment entering this mosque in northern Shiraz. It wasn’t mentioned in any of the guidebooks or online, a rarity these days when travelling, but was an absolute gem. From the outside it was beautiful but consistent with other mosques I’d seen. Inside though was a real eye opener, these…