Drive Away in My Caravan
- A place appointed for receiving and loading caravans.
‘We stopped at the caravanserai for some much needed rest.’
Okay, I may have fudged the spelling. Originally, it was ‘caravanserai’, but then came the good old English and we turned it into ‘caravansary’. In any case, it’s a fascinating word. A caravansary was, essentially, a roadside inn, a place where travellers could stop for some rest and recuperation after a long journey. These inns were vital, supporting a huge flow of commerce, information and people across the globe, and, in particular, Asia, North Africa and parts of Europe. They were best known, perhaps, along the famous Royal Road…