— NousheJan (@NousheJan) July 25, 2014
Let’s start part 2 of the Persian nooks and crannies of cyberspace (see here for part 1 and the series’ mission statement) with Anthony Bourdain – the chef and food critic bar none who visited Iran this past spring. Very much look forward to seeing this episode when it airs.
Before continuing, let’s please note that all of the images in this post are scoured from social media sites and are live links — just hover the mouse over the image and/or the handle name. I encourage you to click and go right to the source to explore and follow their content!
— Dirt Road (@pedestrian) September 16, 2014
Artwork by the Iranian artist Elahe Shahbani. So beautiful! I can’t stop gazing at it.
Ramsar Hotel in the northern region (‘shomal’) of Iran in the Caspian sea region. If not for the telltale sign of women wearing the hijab, I would have mistaken the mood and architecture for that of a sleepy European town.
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At the tomb of Iranian mathematician, astronomer and poet, Omar Khayyam. She wanted the kids to line up neatly for a photo. They just wanted to run around. Better than most they understand Khayyam's words: Alike for those who for today prepare, And those that after some tomorrow stare, A Muezzin from the Tower of Darkness cries: "Fools! Your reward is neither Here nor There."
An Iranian mom lining up her kids for a photo op at the tomb of Omar Khayyam, the Iranian mathematician, astronomer and poet.
A little Persian foodie! Growing up in an awesome foodie Persian family must be so nice!
The courtyard of the Grand Bazaar, in Tehran. The Grand Bazaar was one of my favorite places to explore when I was in Tehran. I barely scratched the surface.
— Simi's Kitchen (@SimisKitchen) September 22, 2014
One of my favorite Persian food bloggers having herself a cozy, lovely time with yummy Persian snacks and the 2 volume masterpiece cookbook of Mr. Najaf Daryabandari.
— Digital Resistance (@dgtlresistance) September 10, 2014
Iran is definitely a poetic and charming country. A whole bunch of you are entirely cynical of this pronouncement, I know, but it’s true. I mean, would a British dude write in a UK publication that Iran is the most charming country on Earth were it not true?
Perhaps we can contemplate the veracity of this point over the weekend. These are turbulent times that feel dark and ominous, but let’s all have a beautiful weekend, focusing on good things and light, and let’s send some positive energy into this awesome and awful world of ours.