After dancing the night away on our final night out (somewhere near Punto Fijo I think)before returning to England, Sister No1 and I greeted the dawn in the company of beloved 'baby' Brother No2... We stayed up all night dancing meringe, (n.b. - too much meringe is not good for your soul!) going to a rock music bar and generally causing mayhem...more
It can get very hot in LosTaques. Often (especially early afternoon) you can just about muster up the energy to lie around in a Hammock. To my way of thinking, hammocks are the most civilised invention! Great for reading, extra beds for unexpected guests, just chilling or even taking it to the beach.You can buy some lovely, brightly coloured and...more
Not far from Los Taques in the car, Adicora beach has wonderful warm waters and is very relaxed and scenic, with a few little fishing boats bobbing around in the bay and a couple of little cafe bars along the seafront. There can be quite strong underwater currents there, apparently coming from the Atlantic Ocean (the surf of which you can see at an...more
There are some fantastic sunsets to experience in the region of Los Taques. Night after night we witnessed spectacular burnt orange skies as we watched the sun sink behind the horizon from the beautiful unspoilt beaches at Villa Marina.There are also amazing views of the skyline from The Opera Singers house.Wonderful.more
Venezuelans don't go to the beach to relax. You don't see many lying around on towels in this country unless they are asleep. (The two people pictured on towels in this pic, are not living in Venezuela). During the holidays, a trip to the beach, is usually an invitation to party.In Los Taques, the Villa Marina beach is no exception . In the...more
As I say, the main attraction of Los Taques are the unspoilt beaches in the area.Pictured here, The Opera Singer, Amapola & the Small Person, soaking up the afternoon sun at the beach belonging to the new hotel near Villa Marina.It can get pretty windy at times. If you get up from your chair, it will blow upside down immediately. Handy Tip :Tie any...more
My Dad is a Venezuelan opera singer whose stage name is Rafael Lammas. In the 60's, he studied under the great Stefano in Italy and also at the London school of opera. He is a very talented singer (mi Papa o no).
Although officially retired now, he still sings 'when he feels like it' (often spurred on by a couple of Irish Whiskeys at a family party he he ). He is still recording albums, does concerts for charity in the Punto Fijo region, has had TV documentaries about him, and has sung in a very amusing government TV advert (among others) about how you 'must pay you taxes'.
I had the pleasure of seeing my Dad sing professionally on a previous visit to Punto Fijo, which brought memories of watching him perform inthe UK in the 70's as a child, which brought me to tears.
His loyal audience seem to prefer the traditional Venezuelan songs, such as 'Yo Soy de Venezuela' and gave him standing ovations for these...but when I was there, he bravely sang as a finale 'I did it my way' in English, (just for me possibly) to 'polite' applause from his usually raptuous audience. It brings a lump to my throat when I think of it...
If by some remote chance, you are in the Paraguana region Venezuela and you happen across my Dad, Rafael Lammas, please go and shake his hand. Tell him Amapola sent you and buy him a whiskey. He lived for his music, is a charming rascal (believe me, ladies still swoon, especially at those Italian love seranades) and is also highly amusing and intelligent company ; )
Look out parking attendants,...In the Los Taques/Punto Fijo area, there is a man who will make a mockery of your job if you do not attend to him fast enough.
If you see him leaving your car park while waving Bolivar note at you, GRAB IT WHILE YOU CAN ! This man has not got the patience to wait while you chat to that lovely lady about how good her Mama's cakes are...
He will not be concerned about change.
And if you do no get there fast enough, you are likely to hear a couple of very rude English words ending in the word 'off' , while our Mr Impatient zooms off into the sunset at high speed, leaving you without your parking money. (Sometimes, he has a younger accomplice).
You have been warned.
On the way back from Adicora to Los Taques, we passed Laguna de Tiraya which was full of beautiful flamingos. This lagoon is a large breeding area for them and Scarlet Ibis. The road was really a dirt track, so you will need a decent vehicle. It's not easy to get a shot of flamingos, they take off ! Thus my long distance shot of the birds on the water ; ) Still, a lovely sight.