Saturday, January 5, 2019

Curaçao in pictures

Our first night in Curacao found us in the main town of Willemstad, the capitol of Curaçao. Willemstad is cut in two by the Saint Anne Bay.

Across the bay is a floating pontoon bridge, the Queen Emma Bridge. It swings open several times a day to let boats into and out of the bay. It is solely a pedestrian bridge now, but that wasn't always the case. At first it was a toll bridge in the early 1900's, but you could cross for free if you had no shoes!

If the bridge is going to be open for a while there is a free ferry to carry the people across. And long or short opening you have the option of staying on the bridge for a ride.

At night the bridge is colorfully lit and looks very festive.

Click here for a video of the bridge at night, twinkling lights and all, returning to the closed state after opening to allow a ship to pass by.

We found some wonderful signs in Curaçao.

Curaçao is very dry, many cacti, including some very colorful ones.

And these cacti with the white bumps on them.

which are land snails quite protected by the cactus spines.

Both Bonaire and Curaçao have limestone terraces formed by ancient coral.

forming very interesting rock formations and cave systems.

There may have been some security issues in the past in Curaçao

but these chains, each link about one foot, seem to have put an end to the rampant boulder stealing in these parts.

And finally, what good Caribbean picture story wouldn't include a good sunset/palm tree picture?

We watched the sun setting behind in palms in Curaçao.

Next stop, Colombia.

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