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Fun Photo Friday — Southern Caribbean; ABC Islands — Curaçao 1

Remember that green wall covered with street art I mentioned on Wednesday? That image above is a small portion of that wall. Below is the rest of today’s Curaçao favorites. Part 2 will follow next Friday.


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Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Curaçao Green Spaces and Street Art

Dushi has many meanings in Curaçao, but when you see it alone, such as in the signage above, it means nice. And nice is indeed a fitting description for the visitor to this wonderfully charming World Heritage Site in Curaçao. Willemstad, the capital city of Curaçao, is a marvelous blend of charming architecture and bright colors that will delight the photographer or casual observer at every turn.

Italian colors for an Italian treat

Street art is everywhere here, and by that I am not referring to graffiti for there is little evidence of that anywhere to be found.

True street art on a back alley

Even the local bars and cafés get in on the act:

Monster iguana at the Iguana Café

The main streets are awash in rainbow colors:

The view on Breedestraat

But the cafés serving the green space between Breedestraat and Hanchi Snoa interject a little humor as well:

Eat Here or We Both Starve

By the way, this green space is a fun, wide pedestrian street with much to see:

Green space between Breedestraat and Hanchi Snoa

Another small but park-like space is located on a back street nearby, but for the life of me I cannot recall exactly where. You’ll know when you see The Gold World near this café:

A charming café

The green wall to the left of the image above has some fun street art as well, a portion of which I’ll show on this week’s Fun Photo Friday. Wherever it is, my photo time stamp places it about five minutes’ walk from this neat bell-ringing display on Breedestraat:

23 Breedestraat; Puts on a nice show every hour

I’ll leave you today with these images from Willemstadt:

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Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Curaçao

When you step off the ship in Curaçao and head out on foot to the capital city Willemstad, one of the first places you’ll encounter on the “C” of the ABC Islands is Rif Fort, which is part of the Renaissance Mall. That might sound dull, but it’s rather neat to see this modernization of a 19th century fort constructed to curb attacks by pirates.

Rif Fort/Renaissance Mall — Protecting Willemstad from Jack Sparrow

Alas, our favorite stop at Rif Fort no longer exists. It was a little restaurant that served an incredible Toblerone mousse that came in three mounds — dark, milk, and white chocolate. But now it’s gone. There are plenty of remaining dining venues here, but we did not partake since our cherished Toblerone mousse was no more.

Rif Fort restaurant

Inside Rif Fort you’ll find lots of other shops ranging from touristy to pricey. It’s just a fun place to explore, but especially at the end of the day when you’ve tired yourself out touring Willemstad.

So Ursula and I rushed through Rif Fort to set foot across Sint (Saint) Anna Bay on the marvelous Queen Emma Bridge, a pedestrian pontoon bridge that is hinged to swing open from the east side of the bay.

Looking east to the Willemstad waterfront from the Queen Emma pedestrian pontoon bridge

Once you’re on the Queen Emma Bridge, glance back for a nice view of Rif Fort:

Rif Fort

Rif Fort looks quaint compared to its counterpart on the east side of Sint Anna Bay. The picture you see below is a portion of the much larger Fort Amsterdam built in 1634 by the Dutch West India Company. This massive fort served as headquarters for the company. Today it is the seat of both the government and governor.

The fortified walls of Fort Amsterdam

But we’re about to exit the bridge and head into Willemstad proper. Here’s a sampling of what to expect from this World Heritage site both this week and next:

Willemstad Waterfront
The narrow, charming streets of Willemstad

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