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

Hi, I’m Carolyn, wanderer at heart, now based in Washington DC.
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 probably set me on course for my 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.

Gur Emir Mausoleum, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Temple and Lake at Thanh Chuong Mansion, Vietnam

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 and led trips to Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar.

From 2006-2009 I traded life in San Francisco for life on the open road, traveling 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.

What do I love? Road trips, anything and everything French, theater, balmy evenings, deserted beaches, travel books by long dead writers and boozy dinner parties with delightful companions of sparkling wit that go long into the night. Favorite place in the whole world – Paris.

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