Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
Trip End Dec 28, 2010

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Flag of Venezuela  , Andes,
Saturday, January 31, 2009

Carried on again today, we are passing the main oil centre of Venezuela, although most wells are in the lake which we cannot really see, we are passing hundreds of nodding donkeys, some of them so close that there are four in the space of 50 sq. metres; no wonder the oil is so cheap. Anyway we are making much better time now that we are basically down at sea level and managed to get to the town of Coro in the early afternoon. Here it was suggested we might be able to stay in the car park of a large hotel, but they were not interested. In the end we asked at the airport if we could use their car park and they agreed quite happily, even for the four nights we wanted. We are set up right in the corner of the car park, in the airport workers section which is basically screened from the road by trees. Right behind us is the National Guard building and we also have the Airport Police patrolling so we cannot be safer. One added bonus is that we can also get water connected right where we are parked(N11.24.49.91 W69.40.45.53).
1 February - This morning we are having a work day catching up with some chores, a good job really since we are getting lots of intermittent heavy rain showers.
2nd- In the end another day hanging around since all the museums are closed on a Monday.
3rd - Today we did a stroll into the historic centre; we started next to one of the big churches where they have the original cross used in the first mass celebrated after the founding of the town in the 16th Century. The other side of that is the church of San Clemente, one of the few churches in the country laid out in a Latin-cross form. Slightly further on and we come to the Casa de los Arcaya an old house noted for its very long, tile-roofed balconies. Normally it is the museum of antique pottery and ceramics, but today it is closed for restoration. A further block along and it is the Casa de las Ventanas de Hierro, a private house that has been in the same family for 3 generations and still house its original 8 meter high plastered doorway. The house is a form of private museum with lots of antique furniture from Europe. In addition to these it is possible to walk around the cobble paved streets which have lots of colonial period small house, some restored and some falling to bits. We went to a couple of art museums, not so much for the art which as modern, but they are housed in large colonial houses. These no longer have the interior rooms but again show what the large houses were like. Finally we ended up at the main square which is bordered on one side by the huge, fortress-like main Cathedral, the oldest one in Venezuela started in 1580. It is fairly plain inside but very big and impressive for that.
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