Family picnic

A picnicking nation

Coming down from the Alamut Valley towards the Caspian Sea, the road winds its way down through beautiful wide open spaces and at some point you start hitting a thick cloud layer and the landscape changes dramatically. Barren mountains give way to green valleys with snaking rivers rapidly descending towards the sea. 

Rain as we were getting closer to the Caspian Sea
Rain as we were getting closer to the Caspian Sea

You start seeing more and more people picnicking on the side of the road until pretty much every little shaded area is occupied by a family with a tent, a tea pot and a grill cooking kebabs. At this point you realise that Iranians really love picnics.

All the cars are loaded for picnics
All the cars are loaded for picnics

When we finally got to Ramsar, a small city by the Caspian Sea, every bit of grassy area was occupied with tents – even the lawn in the middle of the road. The small parks right by the sea were literally teeming with families with their tents and grills. We almost felt sorry we didn’t camp in one of these spots as we would have probably been invited to sample some of the food.

Crowds of people on a picnic at the Caspian Sea
Crowds of people on a picnic at the Caspian Sea

We felt even more sorry when we spent the night in a very old colonial style hotel that was overpriced and had very little left of its former glory. As a tip, try to avoid the Ramsar Grand Hotel – it’s not that grand anymore. 🙂



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2 thoughts on “A picnicking nation”

  1. hi I FOLLOW your trips reports because i like travel I want to know diffrences and common between my country IRAN and others Mr Catalin Mrs Ana Do you know me
    you visited me and family at top ALMOT
    and taken a photo from me and children
    I told you about bad propaganda

  2. Mr Abdoseyed, yes we remember you. Like with all countries out there, there are lots of similar things. Most people everywhere are friendly.

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