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As an Iranian, I did not appreciate the beauty of my country when I lived there. I think it is common that people take the beauty of their own countries for granted and often assume that, to see more, you have to go abroad. I was one of those. My parents always encouraged me to travel abroad but in a way I neglected the beauty of Iran for years. There are very few cities in Iran that I visited while I was living there but once I got out of the country and started my life in Holland I was so determined to travel back and discover its neglected beauty.

Isfahan Gheysariyeh cafe

Naqsh-e-Jahan Square at night at Gheysariyeh cafe

Kashan Saraye Sayeh hostel

Saraye Sayeh hostel, another Qajar gem in the center

Isfahan Molla Bashi

Molla Bashi House built during Zand dynasty

Isfahan Azadegan restaurant

Azadegan restaurant and antique shop, next to Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Kashan: the city of roses

the city of rosewater, dried rosebuds and rose petals

Tehran: Negarestan museum garden and Rouhi

sculptures, pictures and historical mural at Negarestan Museum and Garden close to Rouhi restaurant

Kashan Tabatabaei historical house

Tabatabaei historical Qajar house

Qazvin, the city of baklava

city of Saraye Sa'd al-Saltaneh, baklava and gheymeh nesar

Tehran: Bazaar district and Golestan palace

Bazaar district, Golestan palace with Takht-e Marmar and Moslem restaurant

Tehran carpet museum and vitamin-stores

the midtown Carpet Museum and majoon vitamin stores

Tehran: Mohammad pomegranate juice bar

Mohammad pomegranate juice bar in Yousef Abad

Isfahan, the jewel of Iran

historical jewel with Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Shah Mosque and biryani

Shiraz, city of Persepolis and orange blossoms

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque and its Bazaar, ancient Persepolis, orange trees and kalam polo

Yazd, ancient city of sun and windcatchers

Jameh Mosque, sun, windcatchers, gheymeh and faloodeh

Tehran Time Museum, a trip to the past and history through time

Time Museum, a trip to the past and history through time

Famouri House

Famouri House, a Qajar period gem in centre Tehran

Rasht Pilehbaba ecotourism

Pilehbaba ecotourism: relaxing in the middle of nowhere

Café Nikou

Café Nikou, another beautiful ancient Qajar house

Arian Hostel

Arian Hostel, where Qajar architecture and tradition meet

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