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Summer in South of France

It’s summer time, which means it’s time for me to pack my bags and do some traveling. South of France, specifically Cote d’ Azur, has been one of my favourite vacation spots. The sun, the sea and of course the amazing food are the extra bonuses of this beautiful area.   On one of my trips to south of France, I stayed at a 400 year old Chateau Eza situated in the medieval village of Eze. The hilltop château is located on the Moyenne Corniche between Nice and Monaco and easily accessible from either city in less than 30 minutes. The climb to the château is steep but easily manageable through a cobblestone road, Bougainvillea clad walls and cute little artisan and boutique shops.   Chateau Eza used to be the winter residence of Prince William of Sweden and later was converted to a 5 star luxury hotel with the old fashion charm and modern comforts. There are only 14 suites, each with a unique decor, amazing bathroom, fireplace, stone walls, four-poster beds, private balconies with the most amazing …

Aga Khan Museum

After 4 years of talking, somewhat planning, driving by it, my mom and I finally went to Aga Khan Museum as part of her birthday weekend activities. This 4-year-old museum is a modern marvel to be experienced; with beautiful architecture and outdoor grounds, filled with the hope of opening a window in to the unfamiliar world of Muslim civilizations.   As an Iranian, it’s always fantastic to walk thru a museum and read the description of an exhibit only to find out that the item was made in Iran and has inspired generations of people across not only the Muslim world (Which was huge!) but all across the world for centuries. If you don’t believe me check out some of the ancient books on display by Avicenna. His “The Book of Healing” was used in universities to train doctor’s for centuries. We’re talking about 6 or 7 centuries! Check out this map that shows how far spread the Muslim world was to both east and west throughout the centuries. I digress, the Museum has a great in-house …