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    Hitchhiking in Iran: road stories #7 – from Tehran to Isfahan

    This is the 7th part of our Travelogue in which we tell you what happened to us on the road from Tehran to Isfahan. The highlights of our stay in the capital of Iran included visiting the Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; taking a look at the Den of Espionage and being invited to an Iranian house for a tasty national dish. On the way to Isfahan we were also picked up by the police… Interested to see how it all ended up?

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    Golestan Palace, Tehran, Iran – photo essay and tourist information

    The Golestan Palace (the Palace of Flowers) is the oldest historical attraction in Tehran, Iran and refers to a collection of buildings that were once held within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran’s historic citadel. Come and explore one of Iran’s finest monuments with us …

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    Hitchhiking in Iran: road stories #6 – from Zanjan to Tehran

    Welcome to the sixth edition of our Travelogue covering our stay with an English teacher / comedian in Zanjan, our walk around one of Iran’s most under-appreciated bazaars and being serenaded by a ring seller (VIDEO included). Furthermore, witness a first for us here at HHH, a race, against another hitchhiking couple. Want to see if we won? Read on and find out …

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    How to make Iranian Dizi (Abgoosht)

    The 8th video of our Cultural Relay Project in which we learn from an Iranian man how to make traditional dizi, a filling Iranian stew traditional for the working classes. You can make one at home, following our handy video recipe!

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    How to make English Yorkshire puddings

    The 7th video of our Cultural Relay Project in which we teach an Iranian man how to make traditional English Yorkshire puddings, an easy to make staple side dish and an essential part of every Sunday roast!

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    4 Traditional and unique crafts in Iran (with VIDEO)

    Bazaars are so much more than a place to buy and sell goods in Iranian culture. So, together let’s explore some of the workmen and trades, giving you a sense of the sites and smells of the marketplaces, and bringing you into the lives of these hard-working people…

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    Bazaar of Tabriz, Iran – photo essay and tourist information

    Situated in the heart of the ancient city of Tabriz, the UNESCO listed Bazaar is one of the oldest and definitely one of the most atmospheric markets in the Middle East. Complete with stunning photos and a video walk through, here is all the encouragement you need to visit one of Iran’s finest monuments …

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    Hitchhiking in Iran: road stories #5 – from Tabriz to Zanjan

    This is the fifth part of our Travelogue covering our stay with two star crossed lovers in Tabriz, our trip to a UNESCO listed bazaar and a curious cave dwelling village as well as our first hitchhike between two cities in Iran, want to see how it all worked out? Then read on …

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    Kandovan Village, Iran – photo essay and tourist information

    Reminiscent of the more famous Cappadocia in Turkey, what makes the pretty little village of Kandovan so unique is the fact that the homes cut into the volcanic rocks are still inhabited, and the friendly locals are more than happy to invite you into their homes for a look around …

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    Hitchhiking in Turkey VIDEO compilation

    Check out the VIDEO compilation summarising our most recent hitchhiking trip in Turkey. The post is also a directory which will help you find our most interesting Turkish travel stories, articles on culture and traditions as well as practical posts for any budget traveller in Turkey.

    Learn how to travel in Turkey for 5£ a day!

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    5 Observations on Turkish culture and society

    5 Observations on Turkish culture and society – our subjective impressions from our third visit to the country. Have you been to Turkey? Would you agree? What else should be added? What else has drawn your attention?

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    Hitchhiking in Turkey & Iran: road stories #4 – from Doğubayazıt to Tabriz

    This is the fourth part of our Travelogue covering our stay in Doğubayazıt, our failed attempt to visit the Ishak Pasha Palace and perhaps our most intimidating hitchhike yet, trying to cross the Turkey – Iran border. Interested to see if they noticed that we didn’t have a guide? Then read on and find out how it all went …

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    Ishak Pasha Palace, Doğubeyazıt, Turkey – photo essay and tourist information

    Perched high up on a mountain plateau 6km south-east of Doğubeyazıt, sits the stunning, semi-ruined Ishak Pasha Palace incorporating Turkish, Georgian, Seljuk, Armenian, and Persian elements to create a wonderfully dramatic building …

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    10 Turkish dishes you have to try while in Turkey (+ 7 simple recipes)

    During our third one-month stay in Turkey we discovered some great Turkish dishes you can easily prepare at home. Learn how to make traditional Turkish dishes effortlessly! And if you’re not into cooking, check out some great dishes you should try during your next trip to Turkey!

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    How to cook an English meat pie

    Introducing the sixth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to make the most delicious and stodgy dish from Jon‘s homeland – an English meat pie. With information and a presentational video we show you how to prepare this filling dish and dispel the myth that British cuisine is the worst in the world …

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    How to make Turkish coffee

    Introducing the fifth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to make the finest hot drink in the world – Turkish coffee. With information and a presentational video by the wonderful Mehmet from Erzurum, you will soon be the master of the thickest, most dreamy beverage out there.

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    Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon

    Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two Turkish Black Sea destinations …

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    Hitchhiking in Turkey: road stories #3 – from Erzurum to Doğubayazıt

    This is the third part of our Travelogue in which we cover our stay in Erzurum, where we tried to learn some local dances (video included :), taught a Turkish man how to make an English pie and learnt how to prepare traditional Turkish coffee. Then we hitchhiked to Doğubayazıt and spread some spicy tunes. Curious? Read on…

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    How to play Cribbage

    Introducing the fourth video of our Cultural Relay Project on how to play the English card game Cribbage. With information and a presentational video on how to play, we help you score points, peg well and beat those pesky opponents …

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    Turkish people in 12 photos

    Take a look at the collection of photos showing regular Turkish people on the streets of Trabzon. Turkish people are a wonderful photography subject as they generally like being photographed and interacting with foreigners.

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The Long Way Home – Travelogue

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Hitchhiking in Iran: road stories #7 – from Tehran to Isfahan

This is the 7th part of our Travelogue in which we tell you what happened to us on the road from Tehran to Isfahan. The highlights of our stay in the capital of Iran included visiting the Golestan Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; taking a look at the Den of Espionage and being invited to an Iranian house for a tasty national dish. On the way to Isfahan we were also picked up by the police… Interested to see how it all ended up?

Traveller's Tips

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How to get an Iranian visa in Trabzon (2015)

Trabzon used to be the place to go to get your Iranian visa as you didn’t need the reference number (authorisation code) and you were able to obtain your visa sometimes even on the same day. Unfortunately, these days are over! In our recent post we explain everything you need to know if you want to apply for your Iranian visa in Trabzon.

Hitch-hiking guides

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Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon

Hitchhike from Samsun to Trabzon: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two Turkish Black Sea destinations …

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Hitchhike from Bangkok to Sukhothai

Hitchhike from Bangkok to Sukhothai: Hitchhiking route with practical advice and information on where to stand, how long it will take and what to visit on the way. All the inspiration you need to visit these two contrasting Thai destinations …

Travel Guides

Monuments InFocus

Culture & Traditions

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How to make Iranian Dizi (Abgoosht)

The 8th video of our Cultural Relay Project in which we learn from an Iranian man how to make traditional dizi, a filling Iranian stew traditional for the working classes. You can make one at home, following our handy video recipe!