Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kurdistan: Kurdistan is the region inhabited by Kurds, Tajikistan is the country of Tajik ...
Gulistan is a persian word meaning "rose garden". One could say that is the land of roses. Iran's public and private gardens are covered with trees, roses and other flowers. It is important, it is an image of happiness, the perfect place, the paradise as described in the Qur'an. A garden is an oasis of well-being in contrast to the arid desert environment. It is a place where water flows from basins in channels or ditches, where trees should make a generous shade, where grass lawns should be tender to invite to sit down.
Roses are everywhere in Iran, in gardens, homes, kitchens.
Iran is not associated with flowers in the western media, but religious fanaticism, retrograde koranic laws (death penalty stoning), aggressiveness of its leaders to some countries such as Israel and the USA. Western newspapers and TVs, for almost forty years (since the 1979’s islamic revolution), shaping an image of Iran very dark, where masses of aggressive people, including women in their black chador, roam the dusty streets at constant religious events, shouting and railing. A people who would seek to obtain the atomic bomb to launch on its neighbours ...
Yet a few travellers who have ventured into Iran in recent years came back with other comments: a friendly, quiet and xenophile Iranian people, welcoming foreigners in the streets, inviting them to drink tea or eat something at home. An advanced country, with modern infrastructure and well maintained, roads, water, telephone and electricity that reach all the most remote villages of the country.
A country with ancient history present everywhere, in its bazaars (the most beautiful in the east), mosques covered with mosaics, its superb palaces, museums, villages in adobe, towers of wind, underground channels that bring freshwater from mountains to cities.
My curiosity was excited by these testimonials so I wanted to see by myself. And I confirm.
It is a rich country, both economically and culturally. Iranian cuisine is delicious, transport comfortable, there is full range of hotels. Above all most Iranians are adorable, eager to communicate and prove they are as nice as any other people. In Iran you get lot of friends simply walking down the street. Theocracy who runs the country in relying on laws and practices of another age is no more respected by the Iranians than are by us the oligarchies who run our "democratic" countries.
I created this site to share the pleasure of discovering this country travelling for a month in 2010 (I went again in spring 2014). The purpose here is not denounce the political regime of a country as detestable as it is, but to encourage to appreciate inhabitants and their culture and make people want to go there take a look ...
Of course this website contains photos, a comic genre travelogue, general impressions and useful information.
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