Tourist & Resident Guide to Iran

Monday, May 21, 2007

Uptown Real Estate

Uptown Tehran

Another pic from the rooftops. This is uptown Tehran. You can make out the slope up to the Alborz mountain range in the background. Basically, if you have the money, you get cleaner air. But Tehran real estate is prohibitively expensive for most Iranians and prices just get higher. And so do the construction projects. Here's a tower block going up on Afriqa Avenue (also known as Jordan) - a fashionable, traffic clogged boulevard flanked by some of the most expensive property in the country.

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Tehran From Above

Tehran from above
On a clear day you can see mountains from everywhere in Tehran.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

More Japanese Visit Iran in 2007

More and more Japanese are planning to visit Iran in 2007

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=8360&sectionid=351020108


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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Nuclear banknote

Iran's central bank has issued a 50,000 Rial note with a nuclear symbol motif.




The back of the note features a symbol representing electrons circling a nucleus superimposed over the map of Iran. Alongside it is a quote from the Prophet Mohammad which runs, ""if the science exists in this constellation, men from Persia will reach it."

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Giveh: Iranian summer footwear

Giveh
Just in time for summer, I've bought myself a pair of giveh, the ideal shoes for the long, hard Tehran summer. Giveh have been made for centuries in many parts of Iran but are most famously from Western Iran, particularly a town called Paveh in Kermanshah Province.

The upper is made of strong tightly woven cotton sewn tight to (on my pair) a leather sole. The soles of traditional are made of tightly compacted layers of cotton material stacked from toe to heel. These are less practical since they can lose their shape if wet.

Giveh are, however, very much dry weather footwear. Made almost entirely from cotton, there's no need to wear socks and feet breath easily. In fact, in the town where my giveh were made they are referred to as jurab (socks) rather than kafsh (shoes).


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