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December 24, 2015

Spain: Seville, The Hop-on Hop-off Bus

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Near a bus stop is Hospital de las Cinco Llagas, the current seat of the Parliament of Andalusia.

Near a bus stop is Hospital de las Cinco Llagas, the current seat of the Parliament of Andalusia.

Many large cities throughout the world have hop-on hop-off tourists buses. We generally avoid them thinking that we are more likely to find the unexpected if we walk. One day in Seville a tout on the street told us that we could take our pooch Gigi along with us on one of these buses. There’s a pleasure in seeing the world through your dog’s nose-eyed view but taking a 25 kg canine along comes with access compromises. As a result we are always looking for things to do where we can take Gigi with us. Touring Seville via the double-decked tourist bus suddenly became an option worth considering. A few days later we boarded the bus with our occasionally well-behaved canine.

Truth is that Seville is not ideally laid out for a hop-on hop-off bus. Buses can’t get into the narrow lanes of the old quarter and thus can only skirt Seville’s prime areas. As a result tourists on the bus get to see the not so attractive districts that border all of the real attractions. I wouldn’t recommend it. Gigi, on the other hand, gives the bus ride one paw up, her second highest rating. Like many things she does with her humans it was a little scary particularly when we all had to duck the tree limbs that scraped the seats of the upper deck of the bus. But there were interesting smells and sights along the way. And most importantly to Gigi, she was with her pack.

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