Cruise Caribbeen - Willemstad (Curacao)

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Photographer: Mr. Wen Shen

Writing: Ingrid Guo

The Cruise docked at Willemstad,Curacao 117km away from Aruba the next morning (21st Jan.)

The other cruise

Same as Arube,Curacao is one of the constituent countries of the Kingdom Netherlands.

 

The cruise EXC  Offered beach acticities as  diving, swimming and town walking tour guide. We had a preview of the city's introduction and pictures of the island

and deeply nterested in the architecture of Willemstad's inner-city and port monuments. The images online showed that the 17th-18th century Dutch colonial-style buildings were as colorful as pastel paintings. In 1997, UNESCO designated this city as a World Heritage Site.

 With the selected route map, we were disembarked the Cruise and started our walking, said No to private Taxies on the shore.
Walking through a park-like shopping district,

To the Rif-Fort.

There were many statues,I only recognized one was the grandmother of the king of the Netherlands grandmother, known from Oranjestad yesterday.

 

This was a politician and commander of Holland.

The Rif Fort lies at the entrance of the St. Anna Bay in the western Otrabanda neighborhood in the city of Willemstad.

In the early 19th century the fortifications on Curaçao were almost all in a state of neglect. A proposal to restore them also caught the interest of King William I of the Netherlands. And in 1824 he appointed a luitenant-general Krayenhoff to make a restoration plan. Under the direction of Krayenhoff the Rif Fort and the Water Fort, on the opposite shore, were built in 1828/1829. The Rif Fort was built between the entrance of the bay, the coast and the former Rif Water. It was built to protect the entrance of the St. Anna Bay and the outer part of the Otrabanda neighborhood.

When the fort was finished it was bombproof and armed with 56 cannons, barracks, a powder magazine and a watertank. In front of the fort stood a small bombproof dome where the chain was kept that was used to seal off the entrance to the harbour.

 

At present the Rif Fort is freely accessible and a  housing a shopping center. City restaurants serve dishes influenced by the island's mostly Dutch and Afro-Caribbean cuisines.

Climning up the fort, whole town city scattered at the hill and lands.

Punda was established in 1634, when the Dutch captured the island from Spain. The original name of Punda was de punt in Dutch. Otrobanda, which was founded in 1707, is the newer section of the city and is considered to be the cultural centre of Willemstad. Its name originated from the Papiamentu otro banda, which means "the other side.

Old town center, with pastel-colored colonial architecture.

In the city center is the sand-floored, 18th-century Mikvé Israel-Emanuel Synagogue. The adjoining museum offers religious and cultural artifacts. The Kura Hulanda Museum has displays tracing the history of the African slave trade, as well as cultural relics and Caribbean art. The city is a gateway to western beaches such as Blue Bay, where scuba divers can access a vertical coral wall from the shore. Other beaches include Seaquarium Beach, next to the Curacao Sea Aquarium. The aquarium is home to stingrays, sea lions and sea turtles, and features an interactive touch tank.

 The floating Queen Emma Bridge connects the Punda and Otrobanda neighborhoods across Sint Anna Bay.

 It connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the capital city, Willemstad. The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to enable the passage of oceangoing vessels. On the opposite end from the hinge is a small shelter where an operator controls two diesel engines turning propellers. The propellers are mounted perpendicular to the length of the bridge and allow it to swing parallel to the shore. The process only takes a few minutes to complete.

When the Bridge stopped function and moved to the side, the Ferry was operated free for people.

After crossing thefloating bridge

We tuned left to the Holland Fort.

There were a church and a government building.

 

CHurch was open for visiters.

Continue our walk from the church to the colored seaside streets.

拐到当地人的Floating市场

This island covers more than 400 square kilometers and is twice as big as Aruba. With its population diversity, the proportion of Caribbean blacks is higher. Because of the warm climate and pleasant scenery, many retired Dutch settlers relocate here with their old age pension.

The oldest surviving synagogue in the Western Hemisphere offers a Judaica museum, gift shop & tours. But it was closed on Sundays for worship, when we were there.

On the way back we found surprisely that the floating bridge was closed! and it moved slowly away from the harbor docked along the shore.The bridge was open for a Cruise passing in to the bay.

Ferry started its working.

Back to the other side shore (to the Cruise)

The Public Prosecutor office looked like a neighbor housing.

Cruise sailed at 6:00 PM in to the duck .

night hug the sea......

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