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A woman's stroll through the paradoxes of urban life.

By Miret Padovani.

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What I miss about Tehran

Things I am missing about Tehran now that I am back in Zurich:

- The street food, especially the coconut-flavored flat bread.

- The zillions of fresh juice shops.

- The unofficial taxis: I loved that you could just stop pretty much any car driving by and ask for a ride.

- The theater: I attended a play that focussed on regional Iranian music and, despite not being able to understand the dialogs, I so loved the songs!

- And, above all, the people: so open and so friendly, it would just make my heart smile :-)

Also known as the Stalin Skyscrapers, the Seven Sisters are massive buildings located in different areas of the Russian capital city. The tallest of the seven now hosts the Moscow State University on Sparrow Hills. It is 240 meters high and has 36 floors.

The architectural project was launched by Stalin right after the end of the Second World War to symbolize Soviet power. Construction of all seven buildings took a little over a decade, from 1947 to 1959.   High-res

Also known as the Stalin Skyscrapers, the Seven Sisters are massive buildings located in different areas of the Russian capital city. The tallest of the seven now hosts the Moscow State University on Sparrow Hills. It is 240 meters high and has 36 floors.

The architectural project was launched by Stalin right after the end of the Second World War to symbolize Soviet power. Construction of all seven buildings took a little over a decade, from 1947 to 1959.

I had a really fun InstaMeet yesterday with my talented friends of Instagrammers Dubai. And this despite the 40-degree heat!

Make sure you check out the photos on Instagram by following the #DubaiMetroMeet hashtag. I’m sure you’ll love the pics!

The Azadi Tower (meaning “Freedom Tower” in Persian) is the symbol of Tehran, Iran’s vibrant capital city. It was built with white marble stone from the Iranian province of Isfahan.

Inaugurated in October 1971 during the festivities celebrating the 2’500th anniversary of the Persian Empire, the tower took its current name after the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

The Azadi Tower marks the entrance to the western part of Tehran.

Just got back from a visit to my favorite mall in the world, The Dubai Mall. Located in Downtown Dubai, the mall is the world’s most visited and largest shopping and entertainment destination.

There are a couple of hundred eateries in the mall catering to all tastes, and checking a few ones out is always high on my to-do list when I’m in Dubai. Today I went to Angelina.

Angelina is a luxurious French tearoom serving exquisite patisserie and savory dishes in the mall’s exclusive Fashion District. I can personally recommend its macarons, pralines, éclair mont-blanc (chestnut cream vermicelli choux pastry filled with light chestnut mousse), and lemon tart.

And, bien sûr, no visit to Angelina would be complete without trying its signature hot chocolate with whipped cream. A true delight.