Photography is one of the most joyful parts of travelling for me. It is hard for me to go to a new place without a camera nearby to capture beautiful landmarks, landscapes, and people. Here's a sampling of them!
This lovely building is the Vakil Mosque in the city of Shiraz in southern Iran. Shiraz's weather is warmer than Iran's average throughout the year, but during the summer, which was when I took this photo, it is not unusual for temperatures to rise as high as 40 degrees Celsius. People of Shiraz, therefore, have learned to avoid the heat of the early afternoon as much as they can. Unbeknownst to me, it meant that in our drive to see as much as we could in our limited time, the hot heat of the afternoon meant an almost-private viewing of this breathtaking 18th century landmark of Iranian Islamic architecture. I forever will associate this mosque with the calm and quiet and warmth it held and with its tranquil blue tiles which you will see in the next photos.
In love with Tehran's flower market...
A view of Tehran's highways from above the Milad Tower.