Today I want to share with you a little about my country, Venezuela, and how Italians were part of our history and life.
When Europeans first did an expedition to this piece of land of South America in 1499, it reminded them of Venice, because it was by the ocean. This is why they called it “Piccola Venezia”, Venezuela.
After World War II, the country opened its doors, to many Italians who had the same adventurous spirit that I see in all of you. One of these italians was my father. Italians (such as engineers) helped build this country and somewhat influenced our culture through their food and personality.
People here are very friendly, sociable funny and caring. They are always telling jokes.
We have all kinds of beautiful landscapes: vast deserts, mysterious amazon forests, high peaks covered with snow and relaxing beaches. Venezuela has a tropical weather. We do not have 4 seasons. It is warm all year, except in high altitudes.
But the most impressive landscapes are found in the Canaima national park. It has the highest waterfall in the world (El Salto Angel: 979 meters). And beautiful unique shaped mountains called Tepuy, being Mount Roraima, the most magnificent. I have never been to this amazing region, I really hope to go one day... I am sure it is a paradise for landscape photographers. The stories I have heard, have told me that the place fills you with awe.
I share with you a photo of one of my favorite places: Los Roques. A group of islands that offer calm turquoise beaches. For many years, mostly Italians ran the little houses (hotels) for tourists. It is a place to relax...
And you...Where are you from? How is it there? ….