We’ll have to wait a couple years for more, extensive international travel (other than Canada) since we’re short of vacation and I misplaced all of those stacks of money we would need. So I have decided to live vicariously by reading guidebooks to exotic places.

Google searchIf you received the letter we sent, you’ll know we’re partial to Lonely Planet guidebooks. The Newton Free Library appears to lend the entire collection. (Sorry, Milford Public Library. Thanks for the library card, but I’ll make the drive.). So I’ve been going down the stacks checking ‘em out.

Last week’s selection: Iran.

Dave, my father-in-law, said, “Jeff, there are just some places you can’t take my daughter. They cut off people’s heads there.” Lisa isn’t too keen on anyplace that makes her cover her hair, though a chador is a long way from a burqa . . . right? Technically, travel to Iran is possible, but the wimps over at the U.S. State Department don’t think Americans should go.

I’m keen on going but can wait a while. Hopefully we can still travel like kings for $70/day after the reformers complete the transition from “democratic theocracy” to “religious democracy” and US foreign policy in the region is more suitable to travel.

Until then I’ll have to think fondly about seeing the mosques in Esfahan (more); the hillside village of Masuleh, which looks like the Iranian version of Shimla; the architecture in Yazd and Shiraz; the ancient Persian capital of Persepolis; and the “hidden gem” of Kashan.

This week: Mongolia – The only place I’ve heard Globe Trekker’s Ian Wright consistently badmouth — though he claims to love it in his interview.

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2 Responses to Iran

  1. Dennis Mather says:


    I like your web site!


  2. Dennis Mather says:

    Hi Jeff and Lisa,

    I agree with your father-in-law that some places are too dangerous to go to. This is because we have a global war going on with the whole world as a potential battle field! I’m glad our government is as good as it is for keeping the war away from home territory. I am in security and can see our protective policies at work, although, I learned at the Des Moines Airport recently just how hyper homeland security personnel can be.

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