Paradera Things to Do
We drove by this cool building a few times, but thought it was an Orthodox church. I later found out, when I got home, that it is actually an antique museum.
It's actual name is, Louis XV Antiques & Curiosities. It displays and array of one-of-a-kind treasures, which you can admire, and even purchase.
The building was built with antique building materials, dating from the 1700s.
The building houses 23 showrooms, all displaying unique and unusual items from Aruba, the Americas and Europe.
The museum boasts an amazing collection of hand-made items including carved furniture, statues, fine paintings, jewelry, elegant porcelain, culinary and Persian rugs.
Hours of operation are 9am - 5pm week days, and Saturday from 10am-2pm.
On the first Sunday of the month, islanders sell their goods at a flea market outside the museum, though we drove through there, and didn't see anyone.
I really wish I knew earlier that this building is a museum, it sounds interesting.Related to:
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
Once you get away from the tourists areas, you will see that most Arubans live simple lives, in very basic conditions.
If you want to get a look at village life in Aruba, take a walk down the sandy streets of Paradera and Piedra Plat. Here you will see traditional cunucu houses, traditional Aruban churches, see how the majority of Arubans live, and meet friendly people who only speak Papiamento. It will open your eyes to a different Aruba, that you won't read about in the guide books, or tourist brochures.Related to:
Located in the small neighboring village of Piedra Plat, is a nice little church. This Protestant Church.
The Protestant congregation began on the island, in 1857, in the area of Canashito, and the church was constructed in 1899. It was restored in 2000.
The church has no historical significance, but is rather just a nice peace of architecture, and a reminder of the island's religious diversity.
It's not worth making a special trip, but it's worth checking out, if you're visiting the Hooiberg. We actually stumbled onto this little church by accident, trying to find a road to Casibari.
We wanted to have a look inside, but the church was closed, even though it was a Sunday. I read that the mass is quite an interesting experience.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel