Willemstad, Curaçao

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Willemstad, Curaçao
If it weren't for the blue sky, you might think this was a street in the Netherlands. Willemstad, Curaçao, February 5, 2001.



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Beach scene near the Seaquarium. Curaçao, February 5, 2001.



Willemstad, Curaçao
Street scene in Willemstad, February 5, 2001.



Willemstad, Curaçao
Pontoon bridge berthed on the Otrabanda side of the channel. Willemstad, Curaçao, February 5, 2001.



Willemstad, Curaçao
Pedestrians are impatient as the pontoon bridge swings back into place joining Punda and Otrabanda. Willemstad, Curaçao, February 5, 2001.



Willemstad, Curaçao
Pontoon bridge closes as m/v Bolero leaves port in the early evening. Willemstad, Curaçao, February 5, 2001.



Willemstad, Curaçao
Floating market. Willemstad, Curaçao, February 5, 2001.



Willemstad, Curaçao
Street scene in Otrabanda. Willemstad, Curaçao, February 5, 2001.



Willemstad, Curaçao
Pontoon bridge with Punda in the background. Willemstad, Curaçao, February 5, 2001.



Curaçao is a fascinating mixture of cultures: Dutch, Spanish, and English. The main city, Willemstad, is separated into two parts by a channel that leads to a large inland port. Connecting the two parts, Punda and Otrabanda, is a unique pontoon bridge, that swings open often during the day to let ships pass through. During those frequent times, a pair of passengers ferries cross the channel.

At an old colonial mansion, Chobolobo, the original Curaçao liqueur is still distilled in 100 year old bins.