Travel story - North of Iran - part one

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Hello

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Generally Iran has hot and dry climate. That's why the northern part of Iran which is know for it's humidity and cool weather is a traveling target for many people, specially in summer. In the last month of last summer, my family decided to travel to north of Iran. Though traveling with my family was fun and enjoyable, but it wasn't my type of traveling. You're sure the meal will be ready and enough, you know you'll sleep in a warm and safe place, not really an adventure. anyway lets get to the main business.

As always the travel started with me trying to figure out "what i need this time?" photography-wise.

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I find my personalities fighting over each camera and accessory.
-do i need 2 extra batteries?
-yes, they don't take much space.

-why am i bringing that steady cam?
-I want to take a lot of videos

-A shotgun microphone!? am i going to interview people?
-i might
and so on.

And even though i try to use everything that i brought with me, some of those accessories won't be used by the end of the travel.
There are few downside to bringing more cameras and accessories, one, you always think about how to use different tools you have, in manner that you might miss many opportunities to enjoy the travel, two, it takes more space and has more weight which might make you tired and prevent you form reaching the place which has the better view. So here less is more.

As many photos of this travel are family photos, which i won't post here, there might be less photos than what you expect from me, but as still enough to convey the feelings.

My brother had reserved a villa in Kelardasht. We planned to see each other (me, my sister and my parents with my brother, his wife and son). As always we left the house later than what we wanted. But there was a silver lining in this situation. There are few roads that connect the southern part of Alborz mountains to the northern part. In summer, because so many people travel north, most of the roads have heavy traffic. specially the one that is closer to Tehran (Capital of Iran) which is called Chaloos road. Because we left the house in the evening, we arrived at the beginning of the Chaloos road, late in the night. There was no traffic jams, just few cars going toward north (but so many coming back from north).

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On the way, still in Isfahan province, a mountain caught my eyes. It was like you're looking at a mountains in Mars. A reddish color with patterns i have seen rarely anywhere else.

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After about 9 hours of continues driving, we reached Kelardasht at about 3 a.m. Because my brother was already there, everything was ready and we didn't have much difficulty finding the villa.

In the morning he light was good for taking few shots. The view was pretty awesome from the villa's balcony.

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For lunch we went to a road in a forest (first photo). It was a dead-end road.

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After reaching this waterfall and asking some other people, we found out that there's not much ahead, so we turned back and found a good spot and stopped to prepare the lunch. After eating the meal we headed into the forest to have a little bit of adventure. Nearly everything was good for taking some nice shots. Soft light and so many trees. So i didn't waste the opportunity.

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This is one of my favorites. My nephew going after his dad.

After exploring the forest, it was time to go more toward the north to reach the Caspian sea. When we reached the beach, the sun was long gone. Being tired and already taken some satisfying shots in the forest, i didn't try to take many photos. just few to remember that night.

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After spending few hours at the beach, we headed back to the villa in Kelardasht. Early morning it was a foggy. I was lazy enough not to leave the house, but not enough to do nothing about it. I took the camera and captured the scene in a lazy way.

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after taking the shot i went back to sleep. We had few days left of our travel. It was time to leave the mountainous Kelardasht and head to north to rent a villa near the beach.


Though i wanted to tell the whole story in one post, but it's taking me much time, so lets leave the rest for another time...


All photos are taken by me, except noted.

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Loved your travel logbook here! Such a tremendous side of Iran we seldom get to see (I tend to think of the archeological sites more which are drier).
Oh no! I cried when I saw little Hänsel left behind in the forest by his father! (Grimm Fairy Tale, Hänsel and Gretel). That's how engaging that photo was!
You even got up early for us to capture the mystical morning mists....
More please!

On the off chance you happen to also be a great interior photographer, although I know you as the nature boy, I have a question to ask you about something you may know absolutely nothing about: Persian rugs; in a story I was writing a (half) Iranian guy (wealthy) gifts an exclusive (light coloured, white, beige, pale blue?) rug for a wedding gift. What tradition of weaving might he have gone to look for one? (Tabriz?) Or does it always depend on where you happen to live (local is best?). Maybe modern design is more exclusive still? Or are antique rugs fashionable items to have for the well-to-do?
Any immediate thoughts spring to mind?

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Thanks!

To be honest, i didn't get up early for you, i'm a Muslim, i had to say my morning prayers.

I never had any immediate thoughts about your comments and post, because i needed to read the comment 2-3 times, then check some words in the dictionary and again read the comment few more times to understand it.

It depends on where you live. But generally Isfahan (and some cities around it like Kashan and Naien) and also Tabriz are famous for their handcrafts and rugs. Those colors you said, i think are used mostly in modern designs, i don't know much but older rugs usually have deep colors, deep blue, deep red, though light blue is used in many form of arts in Iran, including rugs. The nomads also have their own style and some are famous but i don't know about them.

Antique rugs are considered valuable, specially if one has a history, (like belonging to someone important or a known family)

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Thank you so much for all this useful information. So kind of you to take the time!

I will check out these two cities I had not yet heard of especially, for I must find a lighter coloured type of rug (but still aged). Somewhere I saw one, but maybe it was not even Persian!? I'll let you know if I stumble upon it.

I suddenly realise I happen to be sitting on a Persian rug, but it's not at all like the ones you describe (the typical ones, we are best familiar with in the west, after they landed here in boat loads in the Golden Age of trade). It's one of those Ikea ones, that turn out to be very second hand. Washed by the locals after it has been pulled out of their homes. Quite a little trend in the very rural parts: I learned this from a consumer- ombudsman documentary.
I don't know if I am charmed by this, or confused by this (I hope it doesn't extort anyone!!) but I do like the idea of being connected energetically to such a (relatively distant and different) place.

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Honestly, that doesn't look like a persian rug, it's more like those rugs we spread on the expensive persian rug, to prevent degrading and getting dirty.

Persian rug usually looks like this. Though they differ in color and design.

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Hey! That design comes pretty close to what I meant! Light enough. Any clue what this style might be called/comes from?

Indeed, my rug does not connote typical Persian!
I have heard people even put persian rugs on tables. Is that a Persian thing to do?

There are even cafe's whose main interior design feature is the Persian rug!

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Another excellent post!

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Thanks!

Iran is one of the most beautiful countries :) Enjoy your day ;)

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Yeah...
Even been here in Iran?

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Nope but very good friend spend there one month and we had long conversation about this country ;)

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Hope to see you here.

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Hi
Thanks for the upvote.
I'll try to keep it up.

That picture of the gold streetlight must be a universal sight. It brings back memories of when I was a child and getting up in the middle of the night to do a long trip - the cool early morning air, the lulling sound of the tires on the street, the flickers of gold against the seats as we blasted past each street light.

It looks like it was a very nice trip. How sweet of you to get the picture of your nephew. You sound like a very loving family.

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They say "A picture is worth a thousand words" but your words are as good as photos, even better, i could completely feel the cool air on my skin and the sound in my ears, i remember being on the back seat, tilting my head up to see each light from the back window as we pass through.

How sweet of you to get the picture of your nephew

That's what i do, others go shopping, i take pictures, they eat lunch, i take pictures, they walk in the forest, i take pictures, i don't feel the sweetness anymore... lol

You sound like a very loving family.

You should check it for your self, all it takes is a travel to Iran.

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I remember sleeping in the car overnight as an exciting thing, and feeling cozy. As an adult unfortunately the feelings just aren't the same. The thought makes my neck ache.

I would like to go to Iran someday. I don't feel like I will be too popular in that region of the world as an American though. Maybe I will be adventurous enough when my kids are grown.

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Generally Iranian are hospitable toward tourist from west, but being a U.S. citizen (?) you will have some difficulty applying for visa and also some more when going back to U.S.