The city of “Don Giovanni,” “The Barber of Seville” and “Carmen”—all opera favorites of mine. But it was much more than that! Seville is blessed with beautiful parks and big trees, historic buildings like the Real Alcazar, neat and clean streets, warm weather and sunny skies, wide assortments of restaurants, museums, the calm and lovely waters of the Guadalquivir River which is navigable from the Atlantic to this very city, friendly people, the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world, and very little unemployment or crime! Its only curse: constantly entangling traffic jams and insufficient parking. We could actually walk faster along the streets than the cars were moving. Not only that, the horse and carriage ride we were treated to moved more steadily that the motorized vehicles. Actually that horse-drawn exploration of the city was one of my favorite activities. The horses are majestic Spanish-Arabians so inured to the terrible traffic that they just trotted right along with a jubilant air. The carriages were lovely, elegant and comfortable too. The horses were fitted with blinders which might have accounted somewhat for their serenity in that maddening setting. The carriages held 4 passengers and the driver.
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