Kashan Apr 2016

Today we left Isfahan to begin our drive to Kashan.  On the way we stopped in Abyaneh Historical Village, one of the oldest villages in Iran.  All the buildings in the village have a reddish hue.  The women here typically cover themselves in a white scarf with colorful floral designs that is mid-waist in length … Continue reading Kashan Apr 2016

Isfahan Apr 2016

Isfahan, is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Iran and was once one of the largest cities in the world.  It is a perfect example of Persian architecture with its covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and tree-lined boulevards.  It was in the reign of the Safavids that Persians called it “Nesf-e-Jahan” which means “Half … Continue reading Isfahan Apr 2016

Tehran Apr 2016

We flew into Tehran, the capital of Iran, from Muscat and prior to landing, all the women started putting on their long coats and headscarfs.  The rules of dress in Iran is relatively lax compared to many other parts of the Arab world.  Women have to wear long-sleeve tops that are mid-thigh in length and … Continue reading Tehran Apr 2016

Nizwa Mar 2016

After about 2 hours of driving from Muscat, we arrived in Nizwa.  Nizwa is one of the oldest cities in Oman and was once a center of trade, art, and religion.  It is strategically located at the crossroads linking the interior of the country with Muscat.  The highlight here is the Nizwa Fort built in … Continue reading Nizwa Mar 2016