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Cruising Curacao

     What an amazing cruise! This issue we share highlights of the port of Willemstad, Curacao, one on the most picturesque ports of our cruise.  The homes are all painted in lovely pastel shades, and are of Dutch style and created a breathtaking harbor entry.

     Curacao was discovered by Alonso D’Ojeda in 1499, seven years after Christopher Columbus first landed in the “New World,” and this island is one of the oldest European settlements in the Caribbean.  D’Ojeda named the island “Curacao,” which means “heart” in Portuguese. The island now functions independently after being under Dutch rule.

     The Queen Emma Bridge is a pontoon bridge across St. Anna Bay.  It connects the Punda, “other side,” and Otrobanda quarters of Willemstad.  The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to allow passage of ocean-going vessels. Originally it was a toll bridge.  If you were not wearing shoes, you could cross the bridge without paying.  There is no toll today on crossing the bridge.  Most of the traffic today uses the high-rise Queen Juliana Bridge.

Dave enjoying the restful sights of Curacao.

Interesting birds as well as flowers.


After my day spent in Curacao, I found it a perfect time to enjoy an Indonesian Afternoon Tea.

No better way to start a day then with breakfast in bed, because we had to start our day early and tour Oranjestad, Aruba.


Aruba along with Bonaire and Curacao forms the ABC Islands of the Lesser Antilles and along with Curacao is very close to Venezuela.

Aruba offers a lot to see and explore.

Ann and Dick in the hooch.

Some days you feel you are on top of the world!

Some days, not!

Life is always better together!

The famous trees where a lot of weddings take place.


We always enjoyed the “towel” creations when we returned to our room each evening.


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