This might not be something you would think of doing when exploring a city, but if you are in Caracas for a long time, you could go to the movies. In de VIP movies, you pay a little extra and get rommy seats and a waiter comes to take your order. If you want more luxury go to the "prive" movies. This is a really small room with comfortable leather seats. You get a glass of champagne or whiskey which is included in the price. The good thing is that everyone there behaves themselves, you wont be sitting next to chatting teenagers, throwing popcorn around. On the other hand, you are sitting with business-type people who might give you the eye when not being one of them. The price of the prive movie is about the same price you pay to go to a movie in europe.
This is where you take the ferry to go to Isla Margarita but it's also a beach village. A fex years ago a part of this town was fluded, buildings have been wiped out, it's pretty sad to see. The buildings that are still standing are very pretty (well some of them). Here and there you can find little plazas with benches and a couple of trees. You will also find restaurants overlooking the Sea. People down there are different then Caracas people. This is not an idea for a day trip but just to spend a couple of hours.
In San José de Galipán, there is a multi-named museum - it's called Museo de Arte Ecologico, Museo de las Piedras or Jardin de Las Piedras Marinas Soñadoras. It's hard to describe the museum. Zóez, the creator, has used various rocks to create amazing and interesting spectacles. Each area has a theme - for example, the construction of the family. While it is a little strange - you are told to take off your shoes and watches at the beginning - it's still very cool.
Kelly drove me there and I had an opportunity to see this new built mosque. Muslims from middle-east migrated to some countries in Latin America after the break-up of Ottoman Empire from present day Syria-Lebanon-Palestine. And they are mostly concentrated in the capital city. Well, tho its not in quite dangerous zone and guarded by security, we did not get off the car and all photos are actually taken from the car.
This is the area of Caracas near Altamira where mostly the rich people live and this area also house the diplomatic missions. But since its on a hill-top and inside the border of the city, you get a wonderful partial panoramic view of Caracas from here. So, if you don’t manage to try the cable car try this place instead.
We like cinema. We love going to the movies. We get to see almost all of the films (specially those that come directly from Hollywood). But we also get to see French, Italian, Spanish, Indian, Canadian, Norweyian, etc. etc. etc. films. We are really lucky! We have "movie festivals" that last for a week or more: The Spanish (from Spain) week, The Swedish week, The Belgian week, etc.
My mother refuses to see a Hollywood movie. She only likes masterpieces-art films like: "Babette's Feast", "Death in Venice"; "Cinema Paradiso"; "Estación Central" (brasilian film with actress Fernanda Montenegro nominated as Best Actress in the Oscar Ceremony... award that was given to Gwyneth Paltrow, for "Shakespeare in love"; "The Music Teacher" ; "The Piano" (with Holly Hunter); "Chocolat"; "Amelie"; "Delicatessen"; "Bleu"; "Blanc", "Rouge"; "Mon Uncle"; "Rashomon"; "The seven samurais" (the original by Kurosawa); "Mediterráneo"; "Profumo di donna" (the original one); "Zorba"; "The Red Balloon"; "Le Roi Dance", "Las noches de Cabiria" and anything filmed by Fellini... and very recently: "Italian Mambo" (from Canada), in which we laughed so hard that we ended up crying.
Do you want so see a film while staying in Caracas? There are movie theaters in all of the big shopping malls: The Sambil, the San Ignacio, the CCCT, the Concresa, the Humboldt, the Lido, the Plaza Las Américas, the Centro Plaza, the Paseo Las Mercedes, etc.etc.etc...
The movie theatre "Cine La Previsora" only shows art films and is not on a mall.
On the newspaper: "El Nacional" you can see all of the movie adds, specially on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (several pages, big pictures)...
In the photo is my friend Juan Pacheco with Pedro Almodóvar, one of the most famous movie directors of Spain... and of Europe... and of the world. Antonio Banderas started his career under Almodóvar's direction. I liked much more Antonio Banderas back then.
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Caracas is also a cultural center. The museum of modern art, is one of the most important in south America and you can appreciate high quality works. Every year Caracas hosts an international Theater Festival, where groups from all over the world meet.
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