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Travel Safety in Iran

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discusses travel safety in Iran.  ‘How safe is Iran?’ is probably the question I hear most often at the office. ‘I really want to go to Iran, but I’m nervous about the current situation’ comes as a close second. I understand people’s initial concerns – a lot of the things… Read more »

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The Iranian Dress Code for Females

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discusses her experience with the Iranian dress code for females.  Getting ready to travel to Iran for the first time in October 2016, I was worried about what to wear. I knew the basics – headscarf, long sleeves, long tops, long pants and nothing too tight. Wearing the full-length chadors… Read more »

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Tequila’s Evolution

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Tequila is rich in a history far beyond the margarita and in recent years has transcended a quality that could not have been imagined a decade ago. The story of tequila begins not with the famous spirit we know today but rather with a little known drink called pulque. Pulque is tequila’s ancestral drink and dates back to 200… Read more »

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A Moroccan Window

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Amar Grover takes a walk in Morocco’s Anti Atlas mountains. Morocco’s mountain regions abound in great drives and some of the loveliest roads wriggle through the southern Anti-Atlas range near Tafraoute. The Gorge d’Ait Mansour is among the best known but two years ago I headed down another route, one of several which cut through… Read more »

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Ark of the Covenant

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Stuart Butler ponders the mysteries surrounding the Ark of the Covenant. Overshadowed on one side by the modern skyline blotting Church of St Mary of Zion and on the other by the fortified old Church of St Mary of Zion, it would be easy to walk right past the small, squat chapel without ever realising… Read more »

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Yugostalgic Belgrade

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Lawrence Mitchell reflects on the changing face of Yugostalgic Belgrade Although Josep Broz Tito was half Croat and half Slovene, he spent most of his time as the Yugoslav hero in the Serbian capital, Belgrade. It is here, in the leafy Topčider suburb of South Belgrade, where you can find the former leader’s memorial complex –… Read more »

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Building a Day of the Dead altar

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Sarah Gilbert celebrates the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca with an altar-building Despite its name, Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is far from a macabre festival. Combining pre-Hispanic traditions with Spanish Catholic influence, the Zapotec Indians believed that the spirits of the dead visit the living once a year… Read more »

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Persian Carpets

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Tami Khramtchenko of Travel The Unknown discovers the wonders of Persian carpets in Shiraz. I was fortunate enough to travel to Iran this past October with one of our group tours, covering the main sights from Shiraz and Tehran over a period of 7 days. In Shiraz, our guide took the group to a carpet… Read more »

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