Old Tehran & My Mum’s Childhood Homes … Tehran, Iran …

_MG_0447-1On our last full day in Tehran we headed out to the older parts of the city with my Mum and her cousin Vahideh to see some of the homes my Mum grew up in with her family … its aa sad fact but its also a sign of the times and growth of the city that out of the three homes we went to see only one of them hasn’t been knocked down and rebuilt …

It was something a little different from the usual touristy stuff we could have done that day … it was nice to see and hear some of the stories from my Mum and Vahideh about what the homes/streets used to look like and how the living situations changed over time …

_MG_0398-1The first home we started out at was down this little alleyway/street … you can still see the wooden arch at the entrance to the alleyway … my Mum told us there used to be a door across the opening (sort of like a gated community) but that it was always left open … (its been since removed years ago) …

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This Bread bakery just next to the entrance to the alleyway has been there as long as my Mum can remember … over 40 years and its still going …

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My Mum had actually been by a few years ago and seen the house then … it was still standing in its original construction then … now its since been knocked down and rebuilt as a block of apartments … it was all a little bit of a shock for my Mum …

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Vahideh started chatting to one of the neighbours on the other side of the alleyway … he gave us a better idea of what happened to the house … when they had knocked it down and rebuilt it etc … random little tid-bit … this guy also told us that he had seen us a couple days earlier at the BIG BAZAAR … he said he recognised Perry from that morning … small world!

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There were a couple of guys running cables across this masts along the alley way … honestly any British Health and Safety officer would have had a field day with how this guy and his partner were working that morning …

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Truck load of bread and herbs …

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We stopped at this bakery to pick up some sweet milk bread … its actually really yummy stuff …

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Thats the alleyway in the background above my Mum’s head …

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We moved on to try and find the second house … which proved to be a little harder than we first thought … the layout of the road had changed a little from what my Mum and Vahideh had remembered so it took a while before we figured out which it was … its actually the corner building on the right in the above picture … its not too clear above but its the one with the brown walls and a street lamp poking out of the wall … its clearer in the picture below …

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Local cat above and pretty blossoms below …

_MG_0456-1At this point my Mum and Vahideh were still arguing as to whether this was the right building or if it was one or two streets over … so we stopped to ask someone if they knew if this was the right street we had been looking for …

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To give a little context to the situation … after the revolution in 1979 almost all of the street names were changed … so the names by which my Mum and Vahideh remembered their childhood homes being on no longer existed … and so trying to find them ended up being a combination of remembering where nearby landmarks were and asking locals who may remember what the old names used to be …

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Anyway we eventually figured out this must have been the right house … as we were standing in front of the building chatting away … my Mum telling us about what the house used to look like before it was rebuilt … a little old lade poked her head out of the first floor window and started chatting with us … when my Mum told her she used to live here the old lady invited us into her home … she spent a good deal of time chatting with us … and we learnt that the new building had been up for atleast 15 years as that was when she had moved in … we managed to excuse ourselves and leave even though she was insisting that we stay for tea and fruit …

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It getting well past lunchtime at this point so we headed to the area where the third and final home we were going to see was and grabbed some sandwiches from a local fast food outlet …

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The road across from the store was a Dual Carriageway with a central boulevard that people can walk down … almost like a long narrow garden in the middle of the road …

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We ended up picnic-ing on the grass in the middle of this dual carriageway … a first for me and my Mum as well as Perry … I’ve seen people do this lots of times on past visits but have never actually done it myself …

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After food we headed to the last house … this one actually looks exactly the same as it used to … My Mum told us it was three floors … a couple of her sisters who were older but not yet moved out of the family home lived on the top floor … the middle floor was purely kept for entertaining guests … she said most of the year that floor was closed off and all the furniture was covered in plastic … and she lived on the ground floor with her parents and other siblings …

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Its a shame because the building doesn’t look like its been very well looked after … and Vahideh told us its only a matter of time before someone buys the land and rebuilds apartment blocks on it like the buildings on either side of it …

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By the time we were done with this last house we were knackered from the heat and all the walking around … we headed home … rested up and spent the rest of the afternoon/ evening at my Aunt Nahid’s home … we had to pack our bags as we left for Shiraz the next morning …

That is it for this post … I have one final post from Tehran to share soon and then it will be on to the Shiraz posts …

Till next time …

Mina X

 

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4 thoughts on “Old Tehran & My Mum’s Childhood Homes … Tehran, Iran …

  1. Ydash bekher ,che khaterati dar uon khoneh dashteem ,
    My marage khale Shamsi ‘s axsedent , Mariam’s Nahid evry one ……… And Liza& Oid’s babi time .tath is way I do like old Tehran than now .

  2. Pingback: Other Bits & Pieces From Tehran … Family Time, Parties, Rooftop Views … Tehran, Iran … | Our Adventures In The Middle East

  3. خونه دومى رو كه شما فكر مى كنيد خونه اتون بوده من از زمان بچگى يادمه و صاحب اون خونه رو هم يادمه ، شايد بتونم كمكتون كنم و بگم خونه شما بوده يا نه

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