Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
353Trip End Dec 28, 2010
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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.