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Inspiration for where to travel with children

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A London Taxi in Iran

It was barely 7am as we searched for our hostel on the narrow, dusty streets of old town Yazd. I was in a decidedly picture-no-sound mood – I’d discovered that sleeping in hijab on an overnight bus was my new high-water-mark of backpacking travel annoyances. The boys were hot, sticky and fractious, their Celtic disposition Read the Rest…

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Persepolis Iran

Iran has been in the news quite a bit lately in a scary, sabre-rattling way. I’m posting this view of my kids up on the hill above Persepolis, the ancient capital of Persia, smiling in the sun. When we just hear the geopolitical opinions about any country in the media it’s easy to mentally flatten Read the Rest…

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Crossing the Iran-Iraq Border II: At the Border

Euphorbia, tenacious and growing recklessly on the lower reaches of the steep hillsides by the side of the road, leaves glaring green in this dry, mountainous desert heat. Allium, like over-sized purple dandelion seed-heads, a border of color looking completely out of place in this forbidding landscape. Nothing left in shorn fields of recently cut Read the Rest…

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Crossing The Iran – Iraq Border: Leaving Sanandaj

It was almost 11pm at night when Murph and I left the tiny ticket office on the main street in Sanandaj, Iraq. We walked back out into a throng of people still bustling about doing their shopping in the warm evening. (These things are related by the way, in Iran in July it’s so ferociously Read the Rest…

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Bobby Sands St Tehran

“There’s a Bobby Sands St in Tehran”, Murph said as we walked towards the metro station. “No way!” “Yep. They renamed Winston Churchill Ave to Bobby Sands St”. How is it that my husband, who rarely cracks open a guidebook can find such a cartographical gem?

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Women in Tehran

“And she too?” The taxi-driver chatting to Murph in the front of the cab barely inclined his head towards me, headscarfed and in the back with the kids. They continued their conversation about where we were from and where we lived. I seethed, the knot at the pit of my stomach curling ever tighter. Was Read the Rest…

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What Does A Travelling Mom Look Like in Iran

“Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me!” We spent my most recent 25-yet-again birthday in Esfahan last week. Murph reckons that this is the 20th birthday I’ve spent with him – how’s that for making a body feel old!! No matter, his observation prompted a conversation that lasted all day where we tried (and Read the Rest…

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