28 June 2020 | Curacao
Lies on the southern part of the Caribbean, Curaçao, a place that will always hold a special memory in my crew life adventure. From the lovely colors of its capital city, till the gorgeous cave waiting to be explored. I know that I haven’t got a lot of time to truly know this island, but I will try my best to share my pleasant time here.
It is always a blessing for me if our cruise ship docks late at the port. At least, I can spend some free time in the evening on the land, when the weather has cooled down a little bit. That is one of the reason I’m eager to spend time on Willemstad, the capital city of Curaçao.
The downtown is nearby. A glance from the open deck to the colorful buildings outside is enough to make my feet itch to go. Fifteen minutes of walk taking me to the Queen Emma Bridge. It’s a floating bridge that regularly opens to let the ships pass. I spend a lot of time here gazing out to the beautiful waterfront view that reminds me of Amsterdam.
Posing at the port before going to walk around the Willemstad
One thing that I realize the moment I am writing this article is the lack of Willemstad picture. I have been absorbed into the city’s vibe and I don’t feel like clicking my camera. But I do make sure to snap a memento of the cute souvenirs.
One of the souvenir is a calabash doll. It’s made from the melon-like Caribbean vine depicting the woman of Curaçao. And the other one is the infamous Blue Curaçao liquor.
I also manage to visit the Kura Hulanda Museum. It is dedicated to the Trans-Atantic African slave trade. We can see the process from their capture and relocation to the New World. There are some display of African cultural heritage that influence the local society of Curaçao.
A cute calabash doll depicting the Curaçao woman
Kura Hulanda Museum
The famous Blue Curaçao Liquor
One of the art displayed in Kura Hulanda Museum
On another outing in Curaçao, my friends and I go on an excursion to Hato Caves. We join other tourists to make a group. A tour guide lead us to climb a stone stairwell to the cave mouth. The entrance is dark and narrow.
The caves was used for a hiding place by African slaves who escaped. But even before that, the cave drawing indicates that the indigenous people of Caribbean, Amerindian Arawaks used this cave for shelter too.
As soon as my eyes adjust to change of light, I take in the view in an awe. The lines of yellow light illuminate the contour of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. Some of them form a shape that looks like a pirate’s head and a giant tortoise. The reflection of a lake inside adds the aesthetic part of the cave.
The beautiful lake reflection inside Hato Caves
The magnificent limestone wall inside Hato Caves
One distinctive smell tells me that I can expect bats presence too inside the cave. A colony of seldom seen long nose fruit bats lives here. That’s why the flash from camera is strictly prohibited here.
Farther into the cave, I see a dim sunlight. There is an open area surrounded by the limestone. The natural light falls along the magnificent mixture of green and yellow. This is the best place to snap a selfie!
Another reason why I adore Curaçao is because of a personal reason. Silviu and I decide to spend our evening by visiting a restaurant by the sea. We choose one that is close by the port. A romantic dineer with the delicious seafood and wine with the sea view is the best way to spend an evening off!
Dinner by the sea
A nice memory i Curaçao
A snapshot on the floating bridge