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Curacao: A First Time Visit But Certainly Not The Last
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Curacao: A First Time Visit But Certainly Not the Last

Located not far from Venezuela, Curacao is part of what is known as ABC Islands (Aruba and Bonaire being the other two).

Curacao is not as touristy as Aruba and a bit more than Bonaire. But this place is worth a visit again. My stay was brief off a cruise ship. I just explored Willemstad, the colourful capital.

My ship parked on Otrobanda side, which means “the other side”. I walked along Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge to go to Punda (means “old world”) side of Willemstad. Santa Anna Bay divides the two sides.

I walked through the archway of Fort Amsterdam and entered another century. Built in 1634, the fort houses the governor’s residence, a church and government offices. This is the largest of eight forts on the island and is a UNESCO world heritage site.

I walked past the shops through side streets until I got to Mikve Israel-Emmanuel Synagogue, the oldest in the Western Hemisphere. It dates back from 1732 and is still being used today. It houses the oldest Jewish congregation in the new world. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to step inside this time around as I wanted to see as much as I could.

I loved the Floating Market. The fresh fruits and vegetables were in abundance here. Fresh fish too. Vendors come from other countries such as Venezuela.

Unfortunately, the Postal Museum was closed but it would have been interesting to see the stamp collections, which starts 1873 until now. And I'm not really a stamp enthusiast.

Before I headed back, I stopped at Iguana Café along the waterfront. I enjoyed a frozen margarita while soaking in the view across Santa Anna Bay at the colourful pastel painted buildings plus any boat traffic that may linger by.

I was going to make my way back to Otranda by Queen Emma Pontoon Bridge, known as “Swinging Old Lady” by the locals. But it was one of those many times during the day it swung open to let a ship to by. When it does, there are free ferry rides back. This can happen several times a day.

As always, I stand out on deck when the ship leaves a port. I look over at the Queen Juliana Bridge at a distance. I never made it over there. It stands 1625 foot long over 200 feet above water. Cars travel back and forth between the two sides. I’ll be standing on the bridge; you would get a fantastic view.

My ship passed by something that looked like white cliffs. I chucked to myself and labelled them “White Cliffs of Curacao” like when you hear “White Cliffs of Dover” but not to that extent of course.

What a gorgeous island this is. I wanted to explore more. I wanted to see one of its 38 beaches. But I didn’t. And I’ll be back.


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