The time to run to
Should wearing a headscarf put you off visiting
November 13, 2004
WHILE it is possible to find tour operator packages to the unlikely holiday destination of
A risky waiting game followed as my holiday lay in the hands of the embassy. I avoided booking flights until the visa arrived, as I was warned that applications were not always accepted. Nearly two months later, with no time for wimping out, my passport plopped through the door bearing an impressive-looking stamp, leaving less than a week to sort out flights and suitably shapeless clothing.
The headscarf issue often takes precedence in anything written about
I found its homogenising effect a bonus. In two weeks, my capable guides and I travelled on
In this time, we could have rattled around many more of the country’s sights, but by first staying in Tehran for nearly a week — in the comfort of my friends’ apartment in a quiet, leafy neighbourhood — I overcame the disorientating blast that hits those fresh off the plane.
Dismal guidebook descriptions prepare you for the worst. “There’s no longer so much as the slightest whiff of the Orient about
We spent a morning visiting Ayatollah Khomeini’s humble home, where we were guided, painstakingly, around the memorabilia. For a contrast, we roamed around the Shah’s old palaces, scarcely touched since he fled the country in 1979.
With mirrored walls, lashings of gilt and a fresh colour scheme for each room, the
In the afternoon, we lounged in the fashionable coffee shops of the Fereshteh district,
Ever a slave to my shopping habit, I arranged to include a Friday in my stay in
برای متن کامل به سایت تایمز مراجعه کنید من بخش اول آن را آورده ام که متاسفانه لینک مستقیم ندارد. روی جلد ضمیمه “سفر” تایمز هم به ایران اختصاص دارد با عکس درشتی از دخترهای مشکی پوشی که بستنی می خورند: آره ما بستنی می خوریم. ایرانی ها مریخی نیستند!- از تایمز آخر هفته
The time to run to
نوشته شده در 15 نوامبر 2004