Sunday, December 29, 2013

Ice Skating in front of Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Amsterdam in a great city for vacation and Rijksmuseum, the greatest national musuem of Holland is a must-see place in AMS. 

In these days more and more people are visiting the Dutch capital because of the Christmas. In Museumplein thousands of people attend Rijksmuseum everyday and many also skate on ice in front of the museum.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Yalda !

I just found a beautiful photo of Yalda Night table on the internet and it's my pleasure to share it with you.
Happy Yalda ! one of the beautiful ancient Persian ceremonies which makes people closer to each other.
The ceremony has its roots in ancient Persia and thousands years ago. Persians (or Iranians) in Yalda night eat watermelon, pomegranate, trail mix and try to have fun with dance and music. Reading the poems of Hafez, 14th century Persian lyric poet, is another part of Yalda Nigh celebration. (Source: PDN)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Google Persian Type does not work today! :(

Since hours ago Google Persian Type section does not work! :(
I hope it's a technical and temporary problem, not related to the Western sanctions against Iran (which actually I think target poor people, not the government).

Friday, December 6, 2013

Magnificent Building of Antwerp Central Station in Belgium

The building of Antwerp Central Station in Belgium is actually a magnificent historical palace.

The original station building was constructed between 1895 and 1905 as a replacement for the original terminus of the Brussels-Mechelen-Antwerp Railway. The stone clad terminus buildings, with a vast dome above the waiting room hall were designed by Louis Delacenserieand the vast (185 metres long and 44 metres high) iron and glass trainshed by Clement van Bogaert. The viaduct into the station is also a notable structure designed by local architect Jan Van Asperen.

The station is now widely regarded as the finest example of railway architecture in Belgium.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

KARNA @ Persepolis Museum

KARNA is one of the ancient Persian musical instruments. This Karna which is now kept at Persepolis Museum near Shiraz shows the importance of military and epic music in ancient Persia (Iran).
The above Karna has been made in 6th century BC, when the Achaemenids were ruling the country.
The instrument was discovered during 1930s excavations in Persepolis.

Unfortunately no serious musical material has been left from ancient Persia so no one knows now how that music sounds. There are just historical objects and some names about the modes and musicians.

Karna in a smaller size is still popular in Persian folk music ensembles.
The above photo has been made by Payam Jahangiri, Shiraz-based photographer.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

SHIRAZ on KLM Magazine Map

SHIRAZ, the beautiful Persian city, on a map of KLM magazine, Holland Herald.
It's sad that since some months ago KLM has stopped its flights to Persia... anyway Shiraz is forever beautiful, just reach it !

Persian Family on Norwegian Daily Cover

The Norwegian daily Byavisa in one of its recent issues has published the photo of an Iranian immigrant families in Norway whose members have reunioned in the city of Drammen.

According to officials statstics around 18,000 Persians live in Norway. The first wave of Norwegian-Iranians, migrated to Norway as a direct consequence of the political instability that followed the Islamic revolution in 1979. The subsequent difficult situation has since forced many others to seek refuge in Norway.

Friday, November 15, 2013

A Persian : Winner of Universal Tolerance Cartoon Festival in Norway

Saman Torabi, the young Persian cartoonist is the winner of Universal Tolerance Cartoon Festival in Norway.
Universal Tolerance Organization (UTO) in Drammen announced the 1500-EUR prize has been offered to this 32-year artist who has studied art at Isfahan University. 
Saman himself could not attend the festival personally.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Persian Music and Poetry @ Bimhuis

Last night, November 3rd  2013, at Bimhuis in Amsterdam, Rumi Ensemble performed a concert that was led by Javid Afsari-Rad . Bimhuis is a beautiful place and indeed a part of Muziekgebouw.

The ensemble performed Afsari-Rad's vocal pieces from Rumi's poetry. Mohammad Motamedi was the vocalist. I did not like his voice when he was singing at high range but the rest was OK.
Afsari Rad's music was fine for max. 15 min. During the rest of the concert, his ideas were just being repeated. I think if he studies more in the field of music composition, the result of his works will become much better. 
Another issue is his santur play. In playing this instrument, controlling the sound reflection is a challenge so the player should be quite concerned about the impact of the mallets. 
It seemed Afsari-Rad not only did not bother controlling this issue but also he was so eager to strike his santur's string with the maximum power!
Anyway the atmosphere was nice but it was surprising that such a concert did not even have a 'guide' so the audience could have an idea what the name of each piece was, in which mode it had been composed, etc.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Fascinations of Persia : an Exhibition in Zürich

Rietberg Museum in Zürich, Switzerland, has organized an exhibition called "Fascinations of Persia" which presents unique works of Persian art, mostly from 17th century. 
The exhibition also explores the artistic exchanges of Persia (Iran) and European countries during Safavid era, when Persian-European ties hugely developed for a short time.
Read more here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"Envoy from Persia" by Richard Greenbury, 1626

ENVOY FROM PERSIA is one of the famous painting by the British painter Richard Greenbury which has been painted in 1626.
The painter in this work has been under the impression Persian cloths in 17th century, when the Safavid dynasty was in power in Persia (Iran).
The original version of this painting is now kept at British Library.

According to the British Library's blog:

"One of the oldest oil paintings in the British Library’s collections is a massive portrait of Naqd ʻAli Beg. It was commissioned by the English East India Company in 1626 and painted by Richard Greenbury (fl.1616-1651). In that year, Naqd ʻAli Beg came to London as the envoy of Shah ʻAbbas of Persia (r.1587-1629), to meet the British monarch, King Charles I (r.1625-1649).
His mission to England went so badly that he killed himself on the journey back to Iran in 1627. The circumstances behind his suicide relate to a violent quarrel that arose between him and Sir Robert Shirley at the court of Charles I. Both men claimed to be the true envoy of Shah ʻAbbas, claiming the other was an imposter, so the king ordered them to return to the Shah’s court and resolve their differences. The shame of failure was too great for Naqd ʻAli Beg to bear, hence his suicide.
It seems as if the East India Company was responsible for this terrible incident. According to a document in the British Library, Sir Robert Shirley was, in fact, the true envoy of Shah ʻAbbas, and had returned to England in 1624, two years before the arrival of Naqd ʻAli Beg. However, Shirley had angered the East India Company by trying to negotiate a monopoly for the trade in Persian silk with the King of Spain. Such an agreement would have undermined the silk trade with England. The East India Company’s response was to slander Shirley, and to put in place another envoy to the Shah of Persia, who would support trade with London..."

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Dirty Souvenirs of Amsterdam ! :)

One of dirty souvenirs of Amsterdam which can be found almost in every Dutch souvenir shop in Amsterdam! :)
A happy country! I like that.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Persian Gulf from Kuwait coast

Persian Gulf from Kuwait Coast, September 2013
Kuwait is one of the oil-rich Arab states in the Persian Gulf region.
The country was formed in 1960s. Prior to that time, Kuwait was often a part of Persian and Ottoman Empire. In 1990 Kuwaiti oil facilities were hugely damaged because of Iraqi attacks during the first Persian Gulf war but the country is now among the richest states of the world.
The official language of Kuwait is Arabic but in view of big expat communities, English and Persian are spoken as well.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Persian Music Ensemble @ Shiraz Art Festival, 1970

Persian Music Ensemble at Shiraz Art Festival 1970
The photo has been taken during one the concerts at Hafez tomb.
Left to right: Faramarz Payvar, santur, Jalil Shahnaz, tar, Hassan Nahid, ney, Abdolvahab Shahidi, barbat (oud0, Ali-Asghar Bahari, kamancheh and Hossein Tehrani, tombak.
The photo has been originally published in the Persian-language monthly Majaleh-ye Musighi.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Mohammad-Reza Shah & Queen Farah of Persia | Radio Iran Magazine cover, Dec 1959

A rare photo of Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi and Queen Farah of Persia.

The photo has been published originally on the cover of Persian-language monthly "Radio Iran" in December 1959 in Teheran.

The Shah was on power until 1979 revolution in his country. He passed away in 1980 in exile. The queen lives in Paris and Washington DC and the former crown prince, Reza, is a political and human rights activist in exile. Two children of them (Alireza and Leila) committed suicide in 2001 and 2011.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Dutch Magazine Interviews Persian Queen in exile: Farah Diba

The Dutch-language magazine "Royalty" in its latest issue (No. 8, 2013) has interviewed Farah Diba, the last queen of Persia.
The interview has been conducted by Marc van der Linden in the queen's house in Paris.

In the interview Farah has talked about his life in Tehran before the revolution, what happened to her in exile and her current life. Various family photos also have been published alongside of the interview.
The Dutch TV channel also has announced that "Royalty" in his latest issue has interviewed the Persian queen Farah Diba (Pahlavi).

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Persian Fritware from 13th-Century AD

This artistic work has been created in Persia in 13th-century; when the country was ruled by Seljuq dynasty.
was a Turkish Sunni Muslim dynasty that gradually adopted Persian culture and contributed to the Turko-Persian tradition in the medieval West and Central Asia.
This work is now kept at the Museum of The Hague City Hall.

Monday, October 7, 2013

A Factual Interview by Israeli Prime Minister about Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu recently has been interviewed by BBC Persian TV.
The interview has attracted huge attention in both Persian and International media.
Except for one comment about wearing jeans, it was one of the most factual interviews that I have heard in recent years about the situation in Iran.

Israel also is not a completely free country but Netanyahu is right. People in Iran have voted to Hassan Rouhani just because they had no any other option and opposition is not allowed to participate in the election.
I hope to see Mullas leave Persia as soon as possible and we also gain freedom in our homeland.
I also hope that Israel does not support separatist groups in Iran. Persian people are quite sensitive on this issue and it's not the way to remove the current government.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dariush at Hospital after Acid Attack in Oct 1977

In October 1977 the Persian pop star Dariush was injured by acid attack, carried out by a young woman who was in love with him. She was 28 and the mother of six children.
The above photo which was originally published in the Persian-language weekly "Etelaat-e Haftegi" (Weekly Information) shows Dariush at the hospital in Tehran.
The woman who was introduced my media as Maryam immediately arrested at Khorram Cabaret, whete she attacked Dariush during the performance. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Radio Iran in 1959, Rare Photos

The first radio station in Persia was launched in 1940. It used to be called Radio Tehran but few years later it was renamed to Radio Iran.
Here are some rare photos of Radio Iran studios which have been taken in 1959. The photos has been originally published in the Persian-language monthly "Majale-ye Radio Iran" (No. 40, December 1959).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Shohreh Aghdashloo and Houshang Tozie Wedding Photo

A rare photo of Shohreh Aghdashloo and Hooshang Tozie wedding ceremony in California.
The photo was originally published in the Persian-language weekly "Javanan" in Los Angeles around 1987.
Shohreh and Hooshang on that time were quite active to perform Persian popular theater plays for the exiled community.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Amsterdam : a Beautiful View

A beautiful view of the Dutch capital Amsterdam in summer 2013
(The photo's rights belong to this blog.)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mossadeq Foundation in Geneva

Mossadeq Foundation which is based in Geneva is a great place for those who love Persian history, culture and art; hundreds of books in various languages, historical photos, old Persian songs cassettes and a lot of other materials which have been gathered at Mossadeq Foundation needs a lot of time to just be reviewed.
The foundation is managed by Dr Mohammad Mossadeq's grandson, Abdolmajid Bayat; a nice and old man who loves his country and nation. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Eiffel in the Night

Eiffel Tower is always beautiful but its atmosphere in the night is something else...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Nature of Sudak in Crimea Peninsula, Ukraine

Photos of Sudak, a small city situated in Crimea Peninsula in Ukraine.
Its nature in some parts is unique and untouched.
I liked that.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Georgia; Persians' favorite destination for a short time

After 1979 Islamic Revolution in Persia (Iran), many people are always trying to find a nice, calm and not expensive place for their vacation; somewhere that they can enjoy their minimum personal freedom; somewhere that they can drink whatever they wish and wear whatever they like; what they are prevented to do in their own land.
Turkey seems the most popular destinations after the revolution. Specially because Iranians do not need to apply for Visa. Recently Georgia was added to the list; a former Soviet Union republic where in various historical era was a part of Persian empire.
But Georgia could not remain a 'favorite place'. Since July 2013 because of Western sanctions against the Iran, Georgia ended the visa-free travel of Persian citizens to this country.
The ordinary people are the only victim of Western sanctions against the Islamic regime in Tehran. 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Water-Jet; one of the Largest Fountains of the World, Geneva, 2013

Water-Jet Fountain (or in French: Jet d'Eau) is one of the most famous tourist attractions of Geneva in Switzerland.
The fountain was originally installed in 1896.
Water-Jet which is situated in Lake Geneva, is one of the largest fountains of the world.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Shirazi Way to Make a Hot Tea cool ! :)

Shiraz is an old and pretty city in Persia.
It's wine, gardens and poets are quite famous.
People of Shiraz are very musical and try to enjoy the life as much as possible. This issue is the subject of a lot of jokes about them :) including this pic!

Hafez, 14th-century Persian poet says:

Shiraz, city of the heart,
God preserve thee!
Pearl of capitals thou art,
Ah! to serve thee

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Facial Evolution of a Dog face from 2 months to 2 Years

The left pic has been taken when the puppy was just 2 months old and the left pic has been taken when he turned 2 years old. He is still lovely but childhood innocence is something else! 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Turkish Airlines Magazine Removes PERSIA from Its Map!

SKYLIKE (the magazine of Turkish Airlines) in its August 2013 issue has published a map of old countries  in Asia. You can see Arabia, India and China but surprisingly the name of PERSIA (the first empire of the world) has been removed.
Do they have any problem with the Persian civilization?! I do not know. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Waimes : a Beautiful Village in Belgium

Waimes is a beautiful and peaceful village in Belgium. It is located in the Liege province.
People mostly live in a big villas with their families and pets.
Great place for meditation, walking and enjoying the unique nature.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Reza Shah and Atatürk @ an Istanbul Avenue

In Presidential Palace district of Istanbul various photos of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk have been presented. The photos mostly have been taken during official meetings of the first Turkish President with world leaders. One of them is an historical photo of him with Reza Shah, the king of Persia (Iran) from 1925 to 1941.
Reza Shah and Atatürk were the pioneer of modernism in their homelands at the same time. They tried to remove traditional religious problems from Turkish and Persian societies and go forward.
Many people in Turkey and Persia consider Atatürk  and Reza Shah as the father of modern state.
Presidential Palace district of Istanbul, Turkey, 2013