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Traveling in Iran: be prepared for cultural shock and Taarof

Be prepared for cultural shock including food, lifestyle, traditions, taarof, alphabet which are all different from what we know… Our habits get easily lost; the life change completely! This is undoubtedly what creates the beauty of Iran, an exotic country which one wants to immerse in all its secrets… However, before exploring the Iranian unknown, we advise you to read our small list of things you should ABSOLUTELY know before traveling across Iran!

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Unusual experience: meet the Bakhtiaris, last nomads from Iran

Already a month in Iran. The visa had just been extended, we had just experienced our first sandstorm… In the category “surprise”, we could not do better. Actually yes: by opening our mailbox, the same day, we had fallen on the intriguing message of Saba “Meet the Bakhtiaris, the last nomads of Iran“. Stung by curiosity, we quickly answered her…

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Persian recipes

Ancestral, varied and original cuisine, Persian recipes are distinguished by their complex mixtures of spices and herbs, dried fruits and nuts – for a very surprising result, both in terms of taste and flavors they give off. It must be said that the dish is only the culmination of a long culinary journey, which begins in the local bazaar: a place that intoxicates our senses, as if to better prepare us for this initiatory tasting. Today, we are proud to make you travel to Iran with these Persian recipes!

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Caucasian recipes

To fully appreciate the Caucasian recipes, we had to roll up our sleeves before sitting down, learn how to feed ourselves by tearing a piece of Lavash (bread) and eat Caucasian dishes with our fingertips. Today, we invite you to discover these stomach-filling dishes, with their coriander, tarragon and dill flavors, which take us straight to the heart of the snowy highlands of the Caucasus!

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The Chiatura’s rusted cable cars – Georgia

When we were advised to visit Kastkhi Peak (a monastery built on the top of a narrow rocky outcrop, 45m above the ground), the name Chiatura was also mentioned. “It’s a very old mining town, partially abandoned, located at the bottom of a valley… There are about 17 cable car lines in the town to take you up to the heights. Take them; you will have a nice view of the town and the nearby mountains!” We quickly realized, once we got there, that the (really nice) lookouts would be nothing if there wasn’t something even nicer: a ride on rusted cable cars.

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Turkish recipes

Reputation of Turkish gastronomy is well established: rich, varied and tasty, Turkish recipes have kept their Asian roots while adapting to locally grown products – sun-filled fruits and vegetables from the Mediterranean region. What if today we took some food inspiration from Turkey?

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