Thursday, April 25, 2013

V is for Venezuela


Venezuela

English: Las Mercedes, Caracas. Venezuela.
English: Las Mercedes, Caracas. Venezuela. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In 1996 when our cruise ship docked in Caracas, Venezuela it was exciting to know that we were going to experience a major South American City. We docked at the port La Guiara. I recently read that they are no longer using that port due to some problems they experienced with the collapse of some of the structures supporting the port. It is also advised that tourists not even visit this town due to many assaults on tourists day or night. We did not have any problems while we were there. Of course, we did see the many machine- gun armed army men walking around the streets. That is such a unnerving sight for an American girl to see.
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Two of our fellow passengers took a shore excursion into the city to see all of the sites of Caracas. The rest of us chose to take a coastal jeep tour with a very nice, non-English speaking, fellow by the name of Jorge. Jorge had plenty of American music cassettes that we all sang along with, including Jorge , but he did not speak much English otherwise. We hooked up with Jorge in Caracas and started our jeep tour along the coast . This was one of the most beautiful and exciting tours I have ever been on. We bumped along an uneven, rocky road, singing loudly to the tunes of the Beach Boys and the Beatles. It was awesome.
After about 40 minutes of bumping along the coastal edge with Jorge pointing here and there to different things for us to see, we stopped at a beach area. We spent a couple of hours on the beach and in the ocean. This was one of the best times I ever had playing in the ocean surf. Even when the under tow threatened  to pull my swimsuit bottom off and away. Thankfully I was able to hang on to it and prevent a very embarrassing run to the cabana after my swim. Those crashing waves along the Venezuela coast always bring me a loving and enjoyable memory of my trip to Venezuela. 

After we left Caracas, we sailed to the island of Curacao.This is not at all a part of Venezuela; just near-by.  It is  a Dutch island with building structures much like you would find in the Netherlands but they are painted in the most beautiful pastel colors and that is what I think of when I think of Curacao. While in Curacao we visited a liqueur distillery that made the famous Curacao Liqueur distilled from the bitter Laraha orange. I couldn't resist bringing home a bottle.







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12 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a good time... and it looks beautiful too. :)

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  2. Hi Paula. Nothing like a cruise. Looks like a grand vacation. There appears quite a contrast between Caracas and Curacao. Beautiful photos. God bless, Maria at Delight Directed Living

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    1. Cruising is certainly the way to go if you want to see a lot of different ports.

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  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip and the pictures are beautiful. We cruised to the islands once and we had a gentleman take us (my husband and a bunch of cousins on a tour) the guy was a riot, much like your singing guy. But i think that's the only way to really get the flavor of the place you're visiting is to get on the roads with a local.
    Enjoyed this!

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    1. It was a wonderful trip. And thanks for visiting

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  4. Lovely photographs!! and what a beautiful place!

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  5. A couple from Venezuela just joined our Church and I love their accent - could listen to them talk all day. They are going to plant a Church back into Venezuela so perhaps I will get the chance to visit there one day.

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  6. Beautiful scenery. I'm sure you made some beautiful memories.

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    1. I will never be sorry for all the traveling and the memories we share.

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