Taking On Tehran

by | Apr 7, 2012 | April 2012: Iran, How's the weather?, Iran, Walking Tours | 3 comments


We barely got in 3 hours of sleep after our early morning arrival from Vienna before we were on the streets of Tehran. If I didn’t know any better, Tehran is like any normal city you’d find in the Middle East (Cairo, Amman…) but a lot more pleasant. Despite some heavy traffic and a crammed metro system, the entire atmosphere is  subdued, not hectic; everyone seems to be on a slower pace than its sister cities of the region. 

Although in all fairness, the perfect T-shirt friendly weather helps.




The obvious is obvious: Iranians are friendly; doesn’t matter what country you’re from. They’ll treat you with respect as long as you (obviously) do the same. 



I just wish we had more time to talk to them as we zipped through the National Museum (nothing too special except to learn about the history of the Persian civilization) . . .


The Tehran National Museum just got served.

Our way of thanking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for letting us into Iran

Sigh...they always make it the woman's fault

. . . and breezed to the Tehran bazaar.


The most interesting thing about Tehran was how...normal...it was


Not surprisingly the highlight of our day was getting lost in the bazaar, which out of all the ones I’ve been to (even the ones in Fes or Marrakech) has been one of the most beautiful I’ve explored.  It’s busy but calm, moving at its own pace that doesn’t seem to mind the presence of foreigners. 

Unlike in Morocco, where tourism has developed to such a degree that every minute is a chance at solicitation and harassment, Iranians give you the space and respect for you to move at your own pace and explore at your will. If anything, the irony is that I feel I have more “freedom” of movement here in Iran than I did in places like Egypt or Morocco.


Tehran Bazaar


We then strolled through the streets:


Why so serious?


… before riding the Metro back to our hotel…


The Iranian Single-Ride "Metrocard"

Map of the Tehran Metro


It can get a bit crowded.



After freshening up, we then had our first dinner at this really pretty place (but they wouldn’t tell us where):

–EDIT: Thanks to Eden’s comment below, it looks to be the Iranian Artists’ Forum in Honarmandan (Artists) Park on Iranshahr St.–


Getting in cabs at dusk. I love this time of day.


Perhaps most local Iranians would disagree with me when I say this, but I found Tehran to be quite pleasant.



- At time of posting in Tehran-Mehrabad, it was 17 °C - Humidity: 55% | Wind Speed: 6km/hr | Cloud Cover: few clouds


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