Friday, November 13, 2015

Iran - Kurdistan

Today I will take you to Kurdistan...

...Kurdistan in Iran is an area in the West of Iran, close to the border to Turkey and Iraq. We did not go as far up as Turkey but rather stayed close to the border of Iraq. Kurdistan is absolutely overwhelmingly beautiful! Since I took so many pictures, and since I find them all very beautiful, I could not stop myself from putting a loooot of pictures here :) 

The first few pictures are from Lake Zarivar in Marivan - we went there for sunset and had this most delicious fig juice (basically just figs left in water over night - I tried it at home too and its sooooo good (when you have good figs as the ones from Iran ;))!) while walking on the promenade. This was the first place we saw when we arrived in Kurdistan and of course we immediatly fel in love with this area.

The next day we took the car through the mountains... the landscape is just breathtaking (especially for someone who is living far away from any mountains and is not used to this sight). We were very close to the border to Iraq the whole time but we felt very safe. Even when we were that close that we could see some Iraquian villges we felt safe. Kurdistan is also different from the southern part of Iraq and its not too dangerous around there at the moment. 

We also went to visit the Howraman villages. The villages are build in the mountains and the houses are made from the stones of the mountains. The streets in the villages are basically the rooftops of the houses underneath. These villages were the most peaceful places I ever went to. It seems like the march of time stopped there. People were wearing traditional clothes, they made everything in handwork, there was no cellphone connection. It was magical and really really beautiful! 

The entire roadtrip through Kurdistan was definetly a highlight of our vacation (which was a highlight on its one already) and we are so very grateful that we got the chance to visit this impressive, intersting and beautiful part of the world. We never, anywhere, met as friendly people as we did on this trip! I travelled a lot (Africa, America, Asia, Europe...) but I promise I never ever met as friendly and hospitable people as I did in Iran and from the people I met in Iran the once I met on our trip through Kurdistan were the most hospitable. Just to make you understand what I mean; I did not spend a single dollar on our trip! I simply was not allowed to! This is a kind of hospitality I really did not know before. 

By the way, on these last two pictures we are looking into Iraq so the villages that you can see on the last picture are actually not in Iran anymore.   

How did you like these pictures and stories? I have to say that I was surprised and very happy when I read several comments from friends and followers who also want to visit Iran and who find Iran as interesting as I do. I can really recommend anyone to visit this wonderful country. You wont regret! And feel free to ask me any questions in case you are planning to go there and need any advice about general behaviour, clothing, visa etc. 

Have a most wonderful weekend everyone! Enjoy it to the fullest :)
Sending much love!


  1. Another amazing post! I've really enjoyed your posts about Iran - so amazing to see a culture so different and mysterious.

  2. This place is just so stunning! You captured some beautiful things x


  3. Amazing post,so interesting to discover new places.Would you like to follow each other dear?Let me know on my blog,so i follow back :-)

  4. Iran seems such an interesting place to go, I'd love to go and I love the pictures you shared!

  5. Love your photos. It's so fun to see part of the world I have never seen.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. These pictures are so cool!

    xo Lauren

  7. Wow! I never realized how gorgeous Iran is! What an amazing trip!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  8. Amazing trip! I've never been there **

  9. I really like the photos! I've never visited Iran and enjoy learning more about this country. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!


  10. Beautiful photos! Have a great weekend

    kisses Adela Acanski

  11. Liebe Larissa,
    da hast Du auf keinen Fall zu viel versprochen, denn dieser Post ist wirklich wunderbar! Ich glaube, ich wäre einfach nur hin und weg gewesen, wenn ich diesen Roadtrip mitgemacht hätte und besonders fasziniert mich das Dorf, dass Du hier beschreibst. Einmal mehr begeistert es mich, zu lesen, dass die Menschen dort so außerordentlich gastfreundlich waren, denn das habe ich immer schon vermutet. Ja, ich würde so gerne dorthin reisen, schätze aber, dass der Iran einfach nicht zu den Lieblingszielen meines Mannes gehört :)
    Euch noch ein wunderbares Wochenende!
    Liebe Grüße von Rena

  12. Thanks a lot, dear friend :D

    Wooow, amazing place!
    Seems to be so relaxing :D

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  13. This is absolutely stunning! Have a great new week.

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  14. Seems like a lovely place, I'll surely add it to my bucket list.

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  15. Wow, these are stunning photos.
    Iran looks so beautiful xox

  16. Amazing experience! Thanks for sharing:)

  17. Oh very cute pics darling
    Thanks for share a bit more of you

  18. Great post and amazing pictures :)...thx for sharing!

  19. Absolutely great post dear! Hope you have a lovely day.

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  21. Beautiful pictures and really new place for me! Thanks for sharing with me those pics! I really love to travel with you!

  22. wow it looks beautiful! would love to visit kurdistan one day!


  23. Wow! I had no idea what a stunning landscape Iran has! And that little town, -so beautiful!!


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