Our group in Persepolis. Pay attention to the various outfits that can be worn.

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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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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Monsters, cats & serpents of Colombia

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Sarah Woods returns to the sacred lands of Colombia’s San Agustin to marvel at ancient carved monuments and troglodyte tombs etched with mythical winged monsters, wild cats and serpents.  According to a local fruit seller, San Agustin acquired its megalithic sculptures via an earth-bound alien space-ship. However, historians suggest South America’s largest group of religious monuments… Read more »

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Tall Houses & Dead Houses of the Central Highlands

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Ron Emmons encounters the unique ethnic communities of the Central Highlands in Vietnam While the ethnic minority groups of North Vietnam like the Flower Hmong and the Red Dao are renowned for their flamboyant outfits, those that live in the Central Highlands, such as the Bahnar and the Giarai (also spelled Jarai), tend to wear workaday clothes,… Read more »

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