September 2021

REVE: Wind Energy and Electric Vehicle Magazine

The story of how ancient Iranians harnessed the power of wind

Nashtifan still has some of those windmills alive
Nashtifan still has some of those windmills alive.


Nashtifan is situated on a semi-arid windswept plain northeast Iran, some 40 kilometers from the Afghan border. Along its southern edge, a towering earthen wall houses series of vertical axis windmills used for milling grain into flour.

The area is known for its seasonal strong winds, and in fact, the name Nashtifan is derived from words that translate to “storm’s sting.”

Constructed of clay, wood, and straw, those ancient gears which are inherited from preceding generations, are perched on a cliff overlooking the village, milling grain for centuries.

July 2021

Remembering Iran, where the unexpected happens

Remembering Iran, where the unexpected happens

As Americans, we were cautioned to stay in groups of at least two or three and not to wander far from our hotel.

The U.S. and Iranian governments were aware of our exchange, and while it wasn’t without risk considering the political strife between our countries, they had given us the green light.

October 2020

Fair Observer

Iran through the eyes of Polish travel writer Kamila Napora

Hafez tomb, Shiraz, Iran

“… I was invited to people’s houses for dinner, I was invited to join them in restaurants, and locals bought me Iranian dishes so I could try them out. It was one of the experiences I will never forget.”

September 2020


Iranian tourism drops to ‘near-zero levels’ due to coronavirus

Iran tourism drops to near zero
The coronavirus pandemic is choking Iran’s tourism industry as the number of foreign tourists drops to an all-time low, prompting record layoffs and reducing income to near-zero levels.

August 2020

Tehran Times

Only 74 international travelers visit Iran during spring

tourists in Iran, spring 2020
The number of foreign travelers to Iran has drastically plunged due to the global coronavirus pandemic as the Islamic Republic registered only 74 visits during the spring season. “Iran’s [inbound] tourism came to almost zero and the country had 74 foreign tourists in the first three months of this [Iranian calendar] year (started on March 20), due to corona outbreak,” Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan in a televised interview late on Tuesday.

July 2020

Irish Examiner

Personal Insights: From Kinsale to Iran and the human kindness I will never forget

We are in Balochistan; an area the size of France which is neither a country nor state, but a region that embraces the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Seldom visited by tourists, it is a bleak, brown, arid, rocky desert and mountainous region; populated by millions of fiercely independent Baluchis, denied a nationhood by colonialists, who carved up their lands as spoils of war a century ago.

Tehran Times

Centuries-old windmills in eastern Iran restored

Some centuries-old windmills, locally known as Asbads, were rehabilitated in the oasis city of Tabas-e Masina, eastern province of South Khorasan.

Evening Standard

BBC’s The Art of Persia: A rare glimpse into Iran’s art and culture

Journalist Samira Ahmed was able to travel freely around Iran’s archaeological sites. By calling BBC’s three-parter The Art of Persia, as opposed to Iran, there’s a clear delineation between the country’s past and present, its pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures, and the time before and after it became an Islamic Republic in 1979.

June 2020

BBC News

Ancient Persians were inspiration for mail delivery services

The Achaemenid Persians (approx. 550-330 BCE) were able to deliver, through the use of a system of couriers on horseback (known as pirradaziš in Old Persian), messages from one end of the massive Persian Empire to the other in a matter of days. According to scholars, a message could be sent from Susa, the administrative capital of the empire in western Iran, to Sardis, in what is now western Turkey, in between seven and nine days, following the Royal Road, a sort of highway connecting the two cities.


A Travel Writer Finds Surprise and Awe in Iran

Reading and writing about Iran could not prepare Pico Iyer for the warm, modern society that greeted him. “At every turn I was reminded why I’d been warned, as an American, to be ready for more sophistication than I’d know what to do with. When friends of friends swept me off to lunch at a cutting-edge arts complex, all the talk was of Daniel Day-Lewis and Antigone.”

Radio Farda

Iran bans using Kurdistan’s ‘human mules’ as tourist attraction

Angry reactions to a travel agency advertising the perilous mountain paths used by “human mules”, has caused the government to ban tourism to the region. The controversy over the tours started a few days ago when social media users shared an image of a travel agency’s poster in Uraman, Kurdistan Province, in which the smuggling paths used by the porters were advertised as “tourist attractions”.

The Guardian

Iran’s beautiful palaces and holy sites – in pictures

The Shrine of Fatima Masumeh in Qom is considered by Shia Muslims to be the second most sacred city in Iran after Mashhad. Photograph: Christopher Wilton-Steer

Iran Front Page

Iran Unveils Its First Capsule Hotel

The Iranian tourism department has unveiled a first capsulThe Iranian tourism department has unveiled a first capsule hotel in the country as authorities seek to expand tourism amenities for budget-conscious travelers.e hotel in the country as authorities seek to expand tourism amenities for budget-conscious travelers. A report by the ministry’s news website said that the government plans to set up 200 beds in capsule hotels in the top traveler destination city of Mashhad as well as in Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz and Tabriz.

Tehran Times

Reopening travel to Iran set for mid-summer – government official

TEHRAN – Iran’s tourism ministry has forecast that the country will start hosting foreign travelers as of mid-summer with the priority given to travelers from the neighboring countries.

May 2020

Tehran Times

Easing lockdown, Iran reopens UNESCO-registered Persepolis, other tourist destinations

TEHRAN – Iran has recently reopened the UNESCO-registered Persepolis, which was once the ceremonial capital of the mighty Achaemenid Empire, as well as many other tourist destinations to sightseers and history buffs, marking another phase in the easing of one of the world’s restrictions over the coronavirus outbreak.