I’m finally able to sit down and write about our vacation to Iran. Late as always, but hey… I’m currently writing my bachelor thesis, so I don’t have a lot of free time. But I don’t feel like studying too hard today, so I thought I would write about our little vacation instead.
If you follow me on youtube, you know that we spent the last 2 weeks of our summer vacation in Iran.
While Iran is not the typical vacation destination, it is a country with one of the world’s oldest civilizations. Our trip started in the capital, Tehran. We only spent 2 days there before heading to the second largest city in Iran – Mashhad. Whilst Tehran have so much to offer we only had the opportunity to see the Milad tower, which is the sixth tallest tower in the world! The picture above is taken from the tower in Tehran.
We spent a whole day exploring the tower. While the top offers a beautiful view over Tehran, the first floor in the tower is home to a lot of shops, art exhibitions and much much more!
The second day in Tehran we actually rented a taxi and visited a village placed between the mountains. The city is referred to as the City of Fire, as the whole city is built in red. The city Abyaneh harbors roughly only 350 people, and is the oldest historical city in Iran. In fact its population still maintain the Persian traditional clothing. So this is a must see destination in Iran. The city is absolutely breathtaking, calm and surrounded by mountains and running mountain water.
It is said that they worshipped the fire in the city in ancient time, and the village still have underground basements, which is not used today, but the basements remain, although I did not have the courage to explore that part of the city :O
That was truly a very beautiful experience, although the village can be quite scary at nighttime, because of the very narrow streets and dim lights.
The village takes about 1/2 a day to explore and have one single restaurant and one large hotel.
The remaining days of our vacation to Iran we spent in Mashhad. I don’t know how I feel about Mashhad; it was very large, loud and hectic. People are always on the streets everywhere. There was never really a quite moment. And it is no surprise that I bought a lot of clothes and items only from Mashhad, as it has shops everywhere. Iran is in general very cheap, so we spent the remaining days only shopping and eating in restaurants. One restaurant in particular is worth mentioning. The whole restaurant is placed between mountain waterfalls.
Shandiz (the name of the restaurant) is very large and several floors high. But I was too busy looking after my daughter (the floors was obviously very wet and slippery) to prevent her from getting hurt, that I did not take proper pictures of the whole place.
But I did manage to film a few short clips from Mashhad, primary the night streets and their shops. I was obsessed with their streets. They have whole long streets dedicated only to one kind of thing. The most mesmerizing was their chandelier streets. I was walking around with my mouth wide open like a little child, because I was thinking hard about how I could transport one of the chandeliers home with me. Oh my GOD, it was beautiful!
So that pretty much sums up our vacation to Iran! 🙂