Sunday Dec 14, 2008

Isfahan

You may never have the good fortune of visiting Isfahan but to get a glimpse of the city, I highly recommend a visit to http://www.360cities.net/area/isfahan-iran.

Select one of the images there and take a 360 degree view of one of the corners of this amazing Persian city.

It would be difficult for me to recommend any of these images as exemplary but if you do visit the Sheikh Lotfallah Masjid, ensure that you turn the viewing angle towards its magnificent ceiling.

Hopefully, I will be lucky enough to visit Isfahan during early January of 2009, during two weeks I'm taking off from work.


Thursday Oct 02, 2008

Classical Persian Music

Naim has collected a series of photos on Classical Persian Music.

To the left is a photo of Saba Kamkar, a member of the Kamkar Ensemble, playing dayerh.

(In Persian, dayereh means "circle")

To the right is a photo of Bahareh Fayazi, playing tar.

(In Persian, tar means "thin thread".)

Thursday Mar 08, 2007

Shiraz, 2003

Shiraz 2003 

In July 2003, I visited Shiraz with my family on holidays. I've finally posted all the digital photos from that trip on my flickr gallery. I also have some video clips which I might venture to post on YouTube later.

In the meantime, you can watch this low-resolution video of my younger daughter (then five) running in the courtyard where we took the photograph above.

Friday Feb 02, 2007

Persopolis, the Takht-e Jamshid

Last night, I uploaded to Flickr a few dozen photographs of a 2003 visit to Persopolis, near Shiraz, Iran. A friend saw the photos, liked them and noted that he did not know that Persopolis existed. Hence, this entry.

The Persians have called the place Takht-e Jamshid (the capital of Jamshid). Persopolis is the Greek name. Some may be surprised but the remains of Persopolis do actually exist even though the city was burnt down by an invading Alexander more than 2000 years ago. Google maps satellite photo of the site gives an outline of the capital's plan. Farzin Rezaian has produced a documentary reconstruction of Persoplis. It provides a thorough historical background to Takht-e Jamshid as the capital of the Persian Empire.

You can access the photo set directly or view it as a slide show here.

To learn how to embed Flickr slide shows, consult Paul Stamatiou.

Thursday Dec 07, 2006

Carrousel, Weihnachtsmarkt, Wiesbaden

Only a couple of hours earlier, I had taken my niece Sarah for a ride on this carrousel. "Zweimal," she had requested.
 

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