Iranian model / actress Negar Khan

Princess Maria & Relationship with the Shah of Iran

In the 1950s, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, then divorced from his second wife, indicated his interest in marrying Princess Maria Gabriella.

Pope John XXIII reportedly vetoed the suggestion. In an editorial about the rumors surrounding the marriage of "a Muslim sovereign and a Catholic princess", the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, considered the match "a grave danger," especially considering that under the 1917 Code of Canon Law a Roman Catholic who attempted to contract a marriage with a divorced person could incur the penalty of excommunication.

A secretive remote beach in the south

The photographer says that while he was in Armenia,  he heard though people a about an secluded remote island in the south of the country were the young go to swim.

Because the spot is so remote there is no government personnel around, allowing the young mix gender to socialize openly, put on their bathing suite, play music, dance and swim with each other.

The photos are were published in i-D a multimedia site. In the pictorial the photographer documented his day with the local youth.

The departed, 2015 - Ehsan Khoshbakht

A visual homage to some of the key figures in film who passed away in 2015, Art by Naiel Ibarrola, words by Ehsan Khoshbakht.

Shiraz is the most expensive city for Norooz

Shiraz – 3 days at 5 stars hotel from $528

Shiraz  is the fifth most populous city  and the capital of Fars Province. At the 2011 census, the population of the city was 1,460,665 and its built-up area with “Shahr-e Jadid-e Sadra” (Sadra New Town) was home to 1,500,644 inhabitants.

Shiraz is located in the southwest of Iran on the “Roodkhaneye Khoshk” (The Dry River) seasonal river. It has a moderate climate and has been a regional trade center for over a thousand years. It is regarded as one of the oldest cities of ancient Persia.

The Popular Persian Chinese Showman on Channel Shanghai

The 26-year-old Iranian, whose Chinese name is Hua Bo, is the only foreigner who advanced into the semifinal of “Comedy Star,” a reality competition series to select talented amateur comedians.The show is presented on Sundays on Dragon TV. A big challenge for all the contestants is that each time they advance to another round, they will have to present a new original act.

Estilaf is currently a host of “The Funniest Home Video” on International Channel Shanghai and a PhD candidate at the Shanghai Theater Academy, specializing in TV and film programming and directing.He is fluent in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, as well as some regional dialects of China. He has hosted light-hearted programs to teach local people English with Shanghai dialect and cooperated with mainland actress Sun Li in the TV drama “Hot Mom!”Estilaf has lived in Shanghai for nine years.

M R Pahlavi & Shahbanoo on cover of Italian magazine

M R Pahlavi & Shahbanoo on cover of Italian magazine Grand Hotel, July 1972.

Once Freddie Said...

I’ll always walk around like a Persian popinjay, and no one’s gonna stop me, honey!

Freddie Mercury was a Parsi born - British singer, songwriter and record producer.

We miss him.

Grave of Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari in Munich

Grave of Soraya Esfandiary Bakhtiari in Munich, 5th Grave in Quarter Nr. 143 in front of the Quarter Nr. 149.

Princess Soraya died on 26 October 2001 of undisclosed causes in her apartment in Paris, France; she was 69.

She was buried in the Westfriedhof Quarter Nr. 143, in a cemetery in Munich, Germany, along with her parents and later brother.

Princess Sorraya in Spain

Rare photo of Princess Sorraya in south of Spain - Sevilla, Spring 1960.