They wanted me to wear a hijab but I said no, no, no

Looking for a Christmas holiday I chanced upon “Journey to Persia” – ten days visiting Shiraz, Persepolis and Isfahan – mellifluous names; redolent of warm scented nights, exotic architecture, the glory of ancient civilisations and, well, just the general lure of the unknown. 

The thoughtful tour operator provides extensive notes:  roses, nightingales and poetry; shaking minarets; covered bazaars with wonderful textiles; yes yes yes but what have we here?

“Islamic dress is a legal requirement.  Women will need to wear a headscarf and baggy trousers and a long top to the knees, or a light, long-sleeved dress over trousers with socks”

and worse:

Possession and consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited”.

Right.  Cuba it is then.

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