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Drive Away in My Caravan

Caravansary
[caravan-sir-rye]

  1. 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…

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