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Photo essay: Short stop in Venice

by Jahanshah Javid
Wikipedia: Venice is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region Veneto, with a population of about 272,000. The Republic of Venice was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce.

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by Jahanshah Javid on

Sargashteh: Thanks! I have Cannon G11. But it's becoming redundant. Once I get a smart phone with a camera, I won't need it.

Piyalechi: You're very kind. It's been a wonderful year. I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to travel. But even those who have regular jobs don't travel enough. A few hours drive outside every city there's something to see and experience. Do it!

The photos are low resolution (72 dpi). Does not take long to load.

If you email your photos (jj@iranian.com), I will post them for you. At the moment users cannot upload photo essays. This will change and you'll know about it.

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Your photos

by Jahanshah Javid on

AT1: I would love to feature your travel photos. Please email them to jj@iranian.com.

At the moment users cannot post photo essays themselves. This will hopefully change soon.

The Renaissance owes a great deal to the East, including Persia. I think we're regaining what we lost... sllllowly...


Some thoughts

by ayatoilet1 on

Jahanshah, I admire your world travels and I have a confession to make and that is that I have also travelled extensively and have a selection of photographs from my various visits - including the one to Venice a few years ago at the carnival...which was spectacular. Some key points though about any Iranian visiting Venice should be that it become quickly evident that in fact the Venetians had a great deal of contact with Persians through their extensive travels (and monopolisation of the spice trade, which required travel through persian territory). As a result of these travels they were exposed to Iranian poet, writings and concepts. And indeed the very concept of "humanism" which became the 'core' idea that resulted in religioius reformation and the start of the renaisance movement and eventually formed the essence of the age of enlightenment in Europe is in fact sourced from Iranian philosophers and poets (like Omar Khayyam and Sa'adi). Thus Venice proves that Western Civilization is in fact sourced in Eastern Civilization (Persia that is). And in fact that we have within Iran - the very precepts we need intellectually - to defeat the mullahs...as the venetians did in Europe. The whole reformation movement, and the downfall of the catholic church derives from the influence of the venetian merchants in the rest of europe as traders ..spice traders.

Humanism - Persian Humanism - was at the heart of all that.

Notice, also, the grand map of th world with Persian Gulf at the center of it in the Doji's Palace on the grand wall as you walk up the stairs.

If I can post my photos, I think you would find them very complementary to yours.

Travel is key to enlightenment. I admire your voyages. BTW, I am writing this from Rio de Janeiro....its warm, sunny ...and very beautiful in so many ways. More photo's in my trove....

The Brazilians, and in particular Brazilian artists and architects like Nimeyer transformed Barazilian thinking ...with Humanism....derived from their contacts and studies in the 50's and 60's in Italy and Europe. Look where they are today ...



by yolanda on

Thank you for all the great photos......especially the gondolas travelling between buildings....very neat.........the 20 euro chocolate cake looks nice........wow! You have been Venice 3 times.....very impressive!

Sorry you missed your train by 10 seconds!

If you go to India, please take a lot of Taj Mahal photos.......the mausoleum looks very Persian!


Vaqt kardi...

by Piyalechi on

JJ jaan,


If you get a chance, brother man, yek kami safar kon o khosh begzaroon ;)

Yes, I am jealous!...

On another note, if I ever wanted to upload a Photo Essay into IC, how would I do it? Is there some page in which that is explained?

And how long did it take you to upload all those high resolution pictures of yours?

Last but not least, dastet dard nakone azizam. I really enjoyed your pictures, as always.



Nice picture essay

by Sargashteh on

JJ jon,

just out of curiosity, what kind of camera do you use?

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Anonymouse: Mamnoon! Happy New Year!

Monda: Venice not the most romantic? Lots of places would claim that title I'm sure, but Venice is pretty damn close! Thanks for the pastry tip. I'm sure if I had tasted anything other than that pistachio cake, it would have been fine :)

Dead: Thanks! Especially the pictures form St. Mark Sq turned out really nice I think.

Orang: I listened to a few seconds of the videos here on transit at Miami airport. Got the idea! Cheers :)

Orang Gholikhani

How Sad Venice Can Be - Charles Aznavour

by Orang Gholikhani on


The best

by dead on

I believe this was the best photo essays I have seen from you so far. The reason for this is that I saw every one of this serie's pictures and just couldnt stop.

Looking forward to your future posts.


JJ, if I may break it to you

by Monda on

1) This was not your best photo essay 2) Venice is not the most romantic spot, any place could be it, if someone's on a honeymoon or wants to feel romantic about being on a 100 euro gondola ride 3) Italian pastries are not the most delicious to the Iranian taste buds, because they're too sweet, no matter how beautiful they look. French or Iranian pastries Are possibly the best.

(Seriously next time you are in the Bay area you should visit Rulli in Larkspur for Amazing Italian pastries)


Venice is the best! Saved the best for last!

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred

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Marco Polo!

by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks Abtin! I'll be back in the Bay Area sooner or later. Have a beautiful Christmas and best wishes in the New Year.


Great Pictures JJ

by abtin on

Or should I say Marco as in Marco Polo. We miss you in Bay Area, but you are having a ball and sharing it with us back at the ranch. Look forward to seeing your next travel essay.

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My favorite

by Jahanshah Javid on

Thanks alchemista! I really regret not trying any of the normal delicious things in the pastry shops. Just looking at them was satisfying in many ways.

I'm glad you liked the pictures. I think this is my favorite essay! Venice brought it all out.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


Dreaming of a trip to Venice!

by alchemista on

Beautiful pictures!  Sorry, I couldn't help laughing out loud at the worst tasting pastry torta az pistacchio..... maybe it's the iranian connection ;-)  I'll try to remember that on my visit!