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“But I know too well that the travelling fever will overcome me and I will go.”
Isabelle Eberhardt

I’m Carolyn McIntyre
Welcome to The Silver Caravan

One of my earliest memories is a photograph of a blue-tiled dome in Samarkand seen in the pages of a children’s pictorial atlas. For someone growing up in the Perthshire countryside in Scotland, it was impossibly exotic and may have set me on course for what has been a peripatetic life. I have lived, worked and traveled in over 85 countries and I have now seen that blue dome of my childhood – Tamerlane’s mausoleum – over a dozen times. Over the years I’ve led multiple tours to Iran, Libya, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Turkey and Yemen, as well as numerous Silk Road trips from Beijing through Central Asia to Rome. I’ve also traveled extensively throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar and have prepared itineraries and logistics for various foundations, museums, university alumni groups, magazines, travel channels and institutions in the Middle East and SE Asia.

Gur Emir Mausoleum, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Temple and Lake at Thanh Chuong Mansion, Vietnam

From 2006-2009 I traded life in San Francisco for life on the open road as I traveled through 21 countries in North and East Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia in the footsteps of the great 14th century Moroccan traveler, Ibn Battuta. My original website, documented these travels. These days I live a slightly more calibrated existence in Washington DC…..

The Silver Caravan is a salmagundi of travel, history, culture and the arts – stories that I hope will inspire and amuse. All opinions are my own. The site has no advertising, no sponsored posts and no embedded links. Any product or service I mention is because I think it worthy and am happy to introduce it to others. Enjoy!

Akbar Khoja Mausoleum, Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China