Who would’ve thought it was possible? We awoke on Sunday to a steady rain, and it had apparently been raining much of the night. It did finally clear up and turn into a lovely day by late morning / early afternoon. But it was still raining quite steadily (and, we found out later, the bullring was full of standing water) around 9:30 / 10:00 a.m., when the antique carriages, the traditionally dressed men and women, and the hundreds and hundreds of horses in their fancy pom-pom-filled harness should have been lining up for the carriage parade. And so, unfortunately, the committee in charge of the event decided to cancel the whole thing.

We are assured that we will see most of the carriages, along with horses and riders, parading through the streets of the feria grounds on Tuesday. But we will just have to come back another year to see the spectacle in the bullring.

So everyone in the group ended up with a free morning to explore whichever portion of Seville suited their fancy.

In the afternoon, we all went to the carriage museum of the Royal Andalusian Carriage Club to see the collection there. The building is another old monastery, and it houses a small but nice collection of carriages, harness, and livery. Because it’s a museum, the displays also describe the carriages and how carriages were used in Seville in earlier times. The collection changes often, depending on which carriages the various members choose to include from their own personal collections.

While here, our Spanish host, Raimundo, presented the CAA with a beautiful book on the history of carriages in Spain, and with a book describing the museum and some of the carriages presented there over the years.

Two of our group missed the visit to the carriage collection, but for a good reason. Roger and Sue Murray had been invited, as official CAA representatives (Roger is an officer of the association) to attend a special lunch for the Royal Andalusian Carriage Club’s directors and special guests (including representatives of other countries’ carriage associations, and a delegation from the Dominican Republic). Of course, “lunch” wasn’t served until 4 p.m.! By all accounts, they had a wonderful time, meeting new people and making connections with counterparts from all over the world.