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Southern Caribbean Cruising — ABC Islands; Curaçao Vendors, Veggies, and Views

For a rather unique take on an outdoor produce market, head north along Willemstad’s waterfront and hang a left at Sha Caprileskade. This takes you to the “Floating Market,” most of which doesn’t really float. These vendors sail in from Venezuela, hawking everything from arts and crafts to fresh produce and spices. Want a piece of fresh fruit? I mean really fresh? Here’s where you want to go:

Fresh fruit at Willemstad’s “Floating Market”

A look back toward Sint Anna Bay will get you a view of a very unique pedestrian draw bridge across the mouth of the Waaigat Lagoon:

Pedestrian draw bridge over Waaigat Lagoon

From here, well past the Floating Market, we turned south, and then west on the parallel Prinsenstraat, which in turn became another pedestrian street. You just gotta love these charming backstreet businesses:

The address is 63 Prinsenstraat, but it’s actually on an unnamed pedestrian street

We turned south again until we hit Hendrikplein, then headed west again. There’re some fun sights along this route, including the impressive Openbaar Ministerie (Public Prosecutor), which I mistook for a church:

Openbaar Ministerie

And just west of there, where Hendrikplein becomes Wilhelminaplein, are you hungry and hot from all this walking? If so:

Colorful Cone on Wilhelminaplein

Don’t forget to look up. Above Champs you’ll see some fun architecture:

Danish architectural details

With a street name like Wilhelminaplein, and a space on that street called Wilhelminapark, you would of course expect to see evidence of Queen Wilhelmina:

Queen Wilhelmina

I’ll leave you today with a last look as we turn onto Breedestraat:

Immaculately clean streets everywhere

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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:

Слава Україні! (Slava Ukraini!)

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