Yazd, Iran and Bahrain
The City and province of Yazd in Iran holds many wonders of architectural significance. A Zoroastrian Fire Temple in Yazd holds a traditional fire, which has been kept alight by Zoroastrian priests, continuously for over 1100 years. Caravansaries, Islamic architecture including the Friday mosque and wind-towers or badgirs, which act as incredibly effective cooling systems for homes and public structures.
Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf and offers a blend of ancient and modern. Skyscrapers share the landscape with majestic mosques, traditional doorways are found down narrow alleyways and giant coffeepots adorn traffic islands. In Manama the capital, the souk lies in the centre of the old town, near the archway of Bab al-Bahrain and, although much of the surrounding area is modern, the street layout follows traditional lines.
Julian has written articles on Middle Eastern and European architecture for the US magazine Skipping Stones. He has written travel articles that were published in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Fate Magazine, National Catholic Register, and Northwest Travel. Julian has also written articles for the In The Know Traveler, Go Nomad, InTravelmag, and Go World Travel websites. He has also taken many photographs that have appeared in travel guides by National Geographic, Thomas Cook and The Rough Guides. Examples of his work can be found at http://www.photographersdirect.com/sellers/details.asp?portfolio=13734