This photo was taken in Shiraz in Southern Iran, where I spent some days on my recent trip to the Islamic Republic last May and June. This journey was one of the biggest travel dreams I ever had and guess what, it was totally worth it. Not only because I came home with thousands and thousands of photos (and I really mean thousands!) but with lots of great memories of incredibly picturesque places.
Isfahan, for example, the city of unbelievably gorgeous domes, lofty minarets and wonderfully fascinating inlaid mosaics and tiles. And even the capital city of Tehran that is often just called a huge juggernaut is full of beautiful buildings like the gorgeous Golestan Palace – an absolut must visit when traveling to Iran. More down south you can find the sand and mud city of Yazd surrounded by nothing than the magical desert.
And then there is Shiraz in Iran, the city where I took this snapshot in time. Pictured is a a little boy passing the time by playing with his bike, driving his rounds in the backyards, while the sun sets and colors the whole surrounding in a beautiful warm glow.
Here is a fun fact about the region of Shiraz in the Southern part of the Islamic Republic of Iran: As you might know, there is also a grape that is named after the city of Shiraz. Actually, in the 17th/18th Century the city was once very famous for its wine. Today, the preparation of the grape still has tradition there, but since alcohol consumption is officially forbidden in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the must is only used to produce vinegar. Well, at least that’s what they tell the people at school…
Want to know what it’s like to travel to Iran as a western woman? Also check out this post: As a Western woman in Iran: Leave emancipation at home.
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