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June 11, 2009

Photo of the Day: Iran Museum

Gahavam-HouseDream Trip 2009 keeps building steam! Seven weeks in and we've had nearly 9,000 entries. For inspiration for your own entry and a chance to win a $25,000 vacation to wherever you choose, read our take on a recent eye-catching submission:

When we travel, we often notice the familiar in the foreign: a laugh between friends, a mother tending to her child, young lovers walking hand in hand.

But travel can also make the familiar seem foreign, as in this image, entitled "Reflection," by Dream Trip entrant dorothythompson, taken at Ghavam House, a nineteenth-century governor's residence turned museum in Shiraz, Iran. Here, the hijab all women in the country are required to wear transforms a Westerner's self-portrait into a snapshot of a distant land and culture.

"This mirror hall, the docent said, is recycling as art, when a creative use was found for broken pieces of mirrors being imported from Venice," writes dorothythompson. "How to capture the awe and remember the feeling of being within this regal place? A self-portrait in mirrors."

Share your travel photos and memories in our 2009 Dream Trip Contest. You could be just a few clicks away from a $25,000 trip to anywhere you choose.

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