Friday, December 25, 2009

Photo of the Day: Day 24

In the Spring of this year we visited the town of Colonia Tovar a couple of hours from Caracas. Colonia Tovar was founded in 1843 by German settlers and remained isolated from the rest of Venezuela and the world for over 100 years. As a result, the residents of Colonia Tovar developed their own language and did not keep up with most technological advances happening around the world. Today, this town of about 6000 people is best known for its strawberry fields, sausage and Bavarian influence, most visible in the local architecture and attire. We went during a local festival and enjoyed dining on bratwurst, sauerkraut and strawberries and cream.

Colonia Tovar is fairly high in the mountains and most of the roads were fairly steep; all the red awnings were vendors selling sausages, handicrafts and, of course, strawberries

a parade of locals
delicious jams, jellies and preserved fruits for sale

typical architecture
fields and fields of strawberries
there were stands everywhere selling locally grown strawberries
mixed with real whipped cream - YUM YUM!!
local "artwork" displayed along the way from Caracas to Colonia Tovar
we always feel so welcome living in Venezuela


Lauren in GA said...

Um, yeah...the local, "artwork" makes me nervous...

That is really does look like a little German town right there in Venezuela.


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