A Taste of Immortality – Part 4

November 26th, 2012

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Glasswork craftmanship at its best. These windows are some of the many found throughout the Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Tehran, Iran. A nearby mosque on the way to Abyaneh. Mountains are the typical backdrop to many small villages like Abyaneh. An Abyunaki woman wearing traditional clothes. The clothing usually consists of a white long patterned … Continued

Brilliant autumn weather in Moscow. Far too brilliant not to leave, I decide. Oh yes, it is true, the leaves on the Moscow trees are very colourful as well. But the concrete and the asphalt are simply too overwhelming to be able to really appreciate all these colours. And so I gather some stuff and … Continued

One of the tombs of an Achaemenid king at Naqsh-e Rustam. All four tombs are carved out of the rock face. A pool view of the Eram Garden. The colorful patterns of a mosaic at the Eram Garden. Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is surrounded by small fountains. Considered once a pivotal stop in the … Continued

I didn’t really know that much about skiing in Austria before we went. I knew that Austria regularly produces some of the best ski racers in world, that they hosted the winter Olympics sometime in my youth, and that the Alps have some of the best skiing anywhere. I was going as part of a … Continued

While in Persepolis, a city located in the Fars Province of modern Iran, I was transported back to the Achaemenid era, an era more than 2,500 years old. Each pillar of this ceremonial palace resonated the labor set out by the first king of Persia-Cyrus the Great. Crowned the “King of Justice”, he was capable … Continued

Cruising the Canaries: 7 Stops Along the Way by Terrance Richardson Modern doctors and New Age psychiatrists have a fancy name for it. They call it SAD, or (Seasonal Affective Disorder). However, is does not take a doctor or a psychiatrist to tell you the sun does not shine enough in England, and that you … Continued

The love story of a naïve girl who can’t sit still, and a chivalrous boy who finds security in staying put. It was 1993 and the girl told her boyfriend of 6 months – “I am going on a road trip to celebrate my 21st birthday.”  Having never been out of the state, the boy … Continued

I’m in Hacienda El Carmen, a delightful old Spanish estate that has been turned into the kind of hotel that is both wedding destination and respite from the everyday world — you can walk the restored rooms full of antiques, inside walls over a foot thick, and imagine the footsteps of the generations that called this place their … Continued

“Everyone walks through life but it is those who look to learn from people coming from different walks of life that travel the farthest.” True learning for me is something that happens in gradual steps not something that I acquire at a first glance. For this very reason, when traveling to Iran became a possibility, … Continued

Most people know the story of Hue and the role that the former imperial city of Viet Nam played during the Tet Offensive of 1968.  For several days, after a surprise attack on the city, the flag of North Viet Nam flew over the Citadel in defiance of the Americans and their South Vietnamese allies.  … Continued