Iran

Tips and Articles in Iran

Travel to Iran has long been possible for the adventurous. After all, the country is home to 19 historic and culturally significant sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list, and is such an art-lovers dream that even the Metropolitan Museum of Art h...
My recent Why We Travel post discussed the potential risks of traveling to the Sochi Olympics in the wake of Russia's new anti-gay law. But the Duma is far from the only legislative body on earth enacting prohibitive policies against LGBT individu...
See our slideshow of 10 Amazing Bridges. They are a marvel of engineering. Their function is purposeful yet poetic. And they’ve inspired musicians, painters, and writers for centuries. Beyond the sheer practicality of crossing ravines and water, ...
The 1970’s The traveler’s map sure looked different in T+L’s first decade. Future hot spots like Shanghai, Prague, Moscow, and Saigon were still well beyond the pale, but Americans were heading to Burma, to Iran (then booming under the shah), and...
MY MOTHER WAS 21 WHEN SHE PUT ON A CHADOR for the first time. It was during a trip through northeastern Iran, and my father had suggested they stop in the holy city of Mashhad to see the famous shrine of Emam Reza. After a visit to a local tailor,...
Author and explorer Dame Freya Stark was one of the most intrepid adventurers of all time. (T. E. Lawrence, no slouch in the travel department himself, called her "gallant" and "remarkable.") In 1927, she sailed to Lebanon to learn Arabic and went...
Tehran CallingWhat a great surprise it was to find Tara Bahrampour's "Returning to Iran" in the October T&L. I am a 24-year-old Iranian who was born in California but lived the first half of my life in Iran. Bahrampour's informative and moving sto...
The word tour often conjures images of buses crammed with tourists and drone-like guides rattling off perfunctory details about sights seen through a window. But a walking tour is something completely different. Walking slows us down and heightens...
Marcel Proust had madeleines, soaked in his aunt's lime-flower tea, but for me, the lost flavors of youth were weirder. When I was growing up in Iran there was gojeh-sabz—green, sour, unripe plums sprinkled with salt. There was khash-khosh, the la...
I fell for Iran by proxy, from afar, long before arriving there myself. My wife, Leila, was born in Tehran in 1971. Just after Leila's ninth birthday she and her family boarded an oversold flight to New York, taking along nine Louis Vuitton suitca...
"Souks are full of educational tools, from merchandising to display techniques," says Majed al-Sabah, the royal Kuwaiti visionary whose unique Villa Moda boutiques have turned Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Kuwait into designer-label ...