As promised, I am continuing to post occasional stories and photos from our recent CAA trip to Spain.

We’ve already gone back over our group’s visits to the Royal School of Andalusian Equestrian Art and the fabulous, sweet-smelling Bodegas Fundador.

Our group’s first visit to a private carriage collection was at the tail end of that same (looong but wonderful) day.

In the late afternoon (or mid-afternoon, Spanish time) we were warmly welcomed into the home of Santiago Domecq and his family.

First, we toured the carriage house and harness room:

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one of Santiago Domecq's carriages

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a grand vehicle in the collection; this was recently restored by Luis Alba Marin, whose shop we visited a couple of days later

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... and a detail on that same vehicle

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our host discussing his collection with members of our CAA group

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hanging in the harness room: a row of traditional bridles, covered in "pom-poms" ... of which there are so many, they're almost all you can see

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the view out the door of the harness room

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Next, we walked around to the stables for a visit with some of the family’s horses.

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... saying hello

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even just standing in a stall, the Spanish horses all look like works of art

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Finally, we were invited to have “a drink” before we left to go back to Sevilla. When we walked inside the house, we were met with an array of drink options and a spread of delicious food laid out on the dining table. After a drink, some snacks, and a lovely relaxed visit, we boarded the bus for the drive back to our hotel and drove away, with our delightful hosts waving goodbye from the courtyard doorway.